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Old 03-08-2015, 08:54 PM   #1
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Hi - we are beginning to plan a big trip for 2016 - traveling northwest from OH to MN, then going west through ND, ID, MO, OR, WA, south through CA and back home through southern states - NM, AZ, TX etc. We like National Parks and museums/unusual sites. Willing/hoping to do some boondocking here & there to keep our costs lower. Can anyone give me any tips -
What to see?
Where to stay?
What to avoid?
What routes to drive/not drive?
Months to travel?

All your suggestions are greatly appreciated!
Thanks from newbies Big D & Ro!
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Old 03-08-2015, 09:00 PM   #2
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How long are you looking at travelling for? There are tons of sights to see.. Do you have any already in mind?
- Grand Canyon (AZ)
- Bryce Canyon (UT)
- Zion Park (UT)
- Glacier National Park and the Road to the Sun (MO)
- Battle of Little Big Horn (MO)
- Yellowstone (WY)
- Mount Rushmore (SD)
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Taking up to 6 months, so we have time to really see things/places. No kids, no pets, just the two of us.
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As residents in NW Washington, I'd recommend a visit to the Anacortes area for a ferry ride through the San Juans. I'd also suggest crossing the Cascades on SR-20 rather than US-2 or I-90. It's a nicer road than US-2 and the scenery is more spectacular. Washington Pass is at 5200 ft. It depends what time of year you're coming, as the pass is usually closed from late October to early May by heavy snowfall.
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Old 03-09-2015, 02:10 PM   #6
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The air and space museum in McMinnville, Oregon is worth a stop. Nice RV park right next door and can walk over to the museum. Has the Spruce Goose on display.
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Hi - we are beginning to plan a big trip for 2016 - traveling northwest from OH to MN, then going west through ND, ID, MO, OR, WA, south through CA and back home through southern states - NM, AZ, TX etc. We like National Parks and museums/unusual sites. Willing/hoping to do some boondocking here & there to keep our costs lower. Can anyone give me any tips .
glen1971 listed some great sites to visit. I would suggest to ask each states tourist center to send you maps and pamphlets. (I have a file cabinet full of information from each state we visited...41 states so far). I also gathered a lot of information from travel magazines. In the back of some of those magazines you can find info cards that you can mail off for more sites to visit.
Have fun planning and enjoy your six months of travel!
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Old 03-09-2015, 02:50 PM   #8
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also, interstate free-ways out here are very nice compaired to some back easterly. try to avoid rush hour traffic in yhe Portland area if you come this way, and if you like water, the Oregon coast, highway 101, is the route you'll see the most. lots of state parks but they fill-up fast. We've had good luck with KOA.
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Old 03-09-2015, 03:03 PM   #9
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Hwy 101 is very scenic but slow. Oregon state parks are top notch. If in Nevada, a trip to Hoover Dam and Valley of Fire is breathtaking. The campground at Lake Mead RV park is spacious and the staff there are very accommodating. Happy travels!!
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As I read you post I assumed that MO should be MT? I think that if I was making that trip I would do SD and not ND. There is a lot more to see in SD. Good Luck
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