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Old 03-28-2015, 09:34 PM   #1
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Ideas for IL to CO as a mid point

Me the wife and 2 little ones are going to load up the new 320BHDS come mid June and head out west, making Denver out "destination" and turn around point to head back home(central IL). Any pointers, need to see, or need to avoids?? Never been west of St. Louis and I know there's a ton to see. We are thinking of taking the northern route out along I90 and returning along the southern route of I70. Plan on being gone between 10-12 days. Appreciate any pointers!
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Old 03-29-2015, 05:55 PM   #2
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If it's Denver you want to concentrate on I wouldn't take 90 I would take 80 out there. There is much to see and do in Colorado. I would save going out 90 for a separate trip. You could spend two weeks easy in that area alone there is so much to see. Black Hills, Mt Rushmore. Deadwood, Yellowstone etc. that would be a trip in it self.


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Old 03-29-2015, 06:32 PM   #3
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That's a very valid point, maybe we should of looked at the map a little closer and done some calculations first. After some discussion we are reconsidering CO as the turn around, we would like to stick to the 90 route and will just end up spending more time along this route. Any pointers along the way or suggestions for a new turn around point? We are thinking aprox 12-15 days total between central IL and back home.

Big horn/black hills area is what we are thinking. Yellowstone is just too much to cram into this trip were thinking. We will need to get our stuff together pretty soon and get reservations done asap as I imagine things fill up quick out there in mid June.
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Old 03-29-2015, 07:43 PM   #4
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We are from the Chicago area and drove out to the Rapid City area in 2 days. We stayed at the Mt Rushmore KOA. We made this our home base while we were there. Very nice pools water slide, restaurant, pancake breakfast, horse back riding, chuck wagon dinners. You are only 5 minutes from Mt Rushmore and close to black hills, Custer State park, Deadwood, 1880's train. That's as far west we went and then went back home the same way we came. If you wanted to I suppose you could drop down and go home 80. Also on 90 there is nice Jellystone campground in Sioux Falls SD the kids would like and you must stop at Wall Drugs, that's a must. Try to make it for lunch. Plenty of room to park the RV.


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If I were to spend a week or more in the Black Hills area....I would also visit Devils Tower, Guernsey, WY for the Oregon Trail ruts and Fort Laramie National Historic site.
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I80 in Nebraska Pioneer Village in Minden , 5 miles + - south of I80 , pretty cool and Very interesting museum
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We came from Rockford, IL to Denver last fall over I80. It has heavy truck traffic all the way. DW counted 27 trucks and 3 cars in the eastbound lanes on one stretch of I80. We stayed in Davenport, North Platte, and at Chatfield State Park on the south end of Denver. It is a very nice park, overlooking Chatfield Reservoir and the Front Range mountains. It has paved roads, concrete pads for the trailers, and very nice bathrooms, laundry facilities. It is easy to get to.
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