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Old 08-14-2014, 10:45 AM   #1
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I need some advice.......uh-O....

We are taking our first extended trip West. Leaving St. Louis in Sept, 10 days. Thinking of Colorado, Wyoming, maybe........ We are terrible planners and have no real agenda. What is the best place to look for help in planning a route and way-points to stop? Love seeing the outdoors, and new places.

Any comments are appreciated.

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Old 08-14-2014, 10:54 AM   #2
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Well. - that's big area. badlands, Wall drugs , wall SD --Mt Rushmore- Custer State Park Devils Tower--Cody Wy-Yellowstone- maybe you not going that far north ?
For us reservations not necessary. Check with other campers & plan next day accordingly!!

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Old 08-14-2014, 11:09 AM   #3
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I need some advice.......uh-O....



We are taking our first extended trip West. Leaving St. Louis in Sept, 10 days. Thinking of Colorado, Wyoming, maybe........ We are terrible planners and have no real agenda. What is the best place to look for help in planning a route and way-points to stop? Love seeing the outdoors, and new places.



Any comments are appreciated.



Semper Fi,



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Our family has done large trips the last few years. We use google maps and make a large map that hits general areas to visit. Then we slowly break it down to days in a calendar and refining the map to more detail. Doing it this way allows you to see where you will be on any given day. You can set budgets for fuel and find campgrounds in advance. Some of the large national parks like Yellowstone and Tetons you should get a reservation in advance. I hope this helps. Have fun.


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Old 08-14-2014, 09:24 PM   #4
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give Reviews of RV Parks and Campgrounds - RV Park Reviews a look and the Good Sam's website RV Camping and RV Parks – RV Campground Search at Good Sam RV Club

If you have a good place to stay, you have a good jumping off point for exploring.


There are some that like to get to Cody, WY (excellent museum there and is the East Entrance to Yellowstone) by heading west of Billings MT and dropping down, rather than crossing the Big Horns. If you're winging it, be sure and watch the weather forecasts.

We stayed in Breckenridge, Buena Vista, and Colorado Springs CO. All different areas and just a few hours apart. Lots of ATV and Jeep trails outside Buena Vista. Cheyenne Mountain State Park on the south edge of Colorado Springs is a jewel.

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Old 08-15-2014, 12:18 AM   #5
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I would agree with all of the stopping points suggested but Russell
I would also include the corn palace in Mitchell SD and Dells Wisconsin

As far as route planning is concerned, I too use Google map. I start by plugging in the must see locations and will let it plan a route. Will the look at the travel times and put in additional trips accordingly

If you are a AAA member, they can be a very good resource. Since we are always time limited, we tend to research our route as well as all of our stops well in advanced. If you are not restricted by time, I would. Suggest planning your basic route and modify as you talk to.people along the way

If you go to Black Hills and Mt Rushmore, I would highly recommend the Rushmore KOA
... it.is outstanding. Leave lots of time at this stop as there is a ton of things to see in the area ... caves, lakes, wildlife, western history and monuments.

The Internet is a wonderful resource when trip planning.

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Old 08-16-2014, 09:55 PM   #6
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We like to use RV parks review to search for a neat campground. We try to plan our travels with miles and hours of travel and of course campgrounds and area. We try to stay on quality roads near decent cities in case we need some type of service (even though I like the boonies). I love Google maps, it gives me a quick look at the scenery and type of roads. I like to keep notes in a notebook of all our towns and exits and miles between for quick reference. I learn a lot from reading the reviews in the rvpark review, Its my way of going exploring. Have fun and safe travels.
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The corn palace is being rebuilt and won't be done until next spring, went thru there in July. take your time, enjoy the view out the front window and safe travels.
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