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Old 02-05-2015, 09:04 AM   #11
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Has anyone been there in mid-May? We intended to go in mid-June but the other party cannot go at that time. My question is how much colder is it in May? Our other option is to go back to Florida instead.
Using the information from Rapid City, about an hour to the west, it appears that average May temperatures are about 10 degrees cooler than June, but still with highs in the mid-60s and lows in the low-40s.
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The Rapid City CVB says spring temperatures can range from highs in the 40's to the 80's, so just prepare to layer.

BTW, when you're driving through the Badlands, try to be there near sunset or sunrise. The low rays of the sun cause the colors to be really intense. They tend to wash out somewhat in the midday sun.
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Old 02-10-2015, 04:55 PM   #12
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Dang...reading this thread has me seriously thinking of making this my second camping trip of the year....
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Save Florida for another time. Work your way to I-90 at Sioux Falls, SD, then go West. See the Badlands, Devil's Tower, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse stay on I-90 for Little Big Horn. Get off I-90 at Livingston, MT and drive down to Gardiner, MT. Stay at Rocky Mountain RV Park, just outside the north entrance to Yellowstone. Go and drive the Beartooth Highway and Chief Joseph Highway, go down to the Grand Teton's then head back east. I'm back out West for the third time this summer, can't get enough of it, then again I live in FL.
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I've been to Yellowstone twice (1990, 1994) in mid-June. Snowed both times.

You never know. Be prepared for hot or cold.
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Save Florida for another time. Work your way to I-90 at Sioux Falls, SD, then go West. See the Badlands, Devil's Tower, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse stay on I-90 for Little Big Horn. Get off I-90 at Livingston, MT and drive down to Gardiner, MT. Stay at Rocky Mountain RV Park, just outside the north entrance to Yellowstone. Go and drive the Beartooth Highway and Chief Joseph Highway, go down to the Grand Teton's then head back east. I'm back out West for the third time this summer, can't get enough of it, then again I live in FL.

This sounds like a great trip. My question is how long will it take from Western KY? We have only about 12 days before we have to get back home.
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From Louisville to Rapid Ciy, SD is about 1,200 miles. A round trip is about 8 days at 300 miles a day. So the Badlands and Mt. Rushmore may be the limit. Going out West does take time, but do put on your bucket list. Another nice trip is go North to VT, NH, Maine. Not so far, cool in May/June. Seneca Lake, NY, Burlington, VT on Lake Champlain, White Mts in NH, not flat like GA, FL.
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