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Old 11-09-2015, 12:06 PM   #11
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I think your allotted time is fine but keep it fun and don't try to keep an exact time table. I also like to keep moving and seeing things. In the Midwest search for corp of engineers campgrounds. In the west look for BLM campgrounds-no hookups but very inexpensive.

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Old 11-09-2015, 12:06 PM   #12
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Obviously, you have not been on the road much. What is the purpose of this trip - do you have some kind of a checklist you are trying to work your way through? You are going through and near some of the finest country on earth, and you are going to blow through these places in two days/three days? How utterly silly. Hauling a fiver in that giant truck is gonna be very different from what you are accustomed to. Unless you and your wife have butts of steel and a spine that can take such punishment. Imagine going to Banff and not seeing Jasper. Both parks are worthy of a good week just to get the lay of the land. You're skipping Olympic NP, the Oregon Coast, Crater Lake, etc etc etc.I wish you the best, but what a waste of time and miles. Not to mention wear and tear on you and your wife. Ever hear of slowing down and enjoying the flowers a bit? Gaaaaaaah. You must suffer from either a life on steroids or ADD.

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Old 11-09-2015, 12:08 PM   #13
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Holy crap, I'm exhausted just reading your planned schedule. You're planning to drive more than 1000 miles a week! In 2013, I did a single, 15,000+ mile trip over five months and, that was a lot of driving. 500+ miles are LONG driving days. Even 300+ miles are a lot. Planning to do that (and more) every day or three; what are you going to have time to see? Then figure an hour or more to set up and button up camp, each time you move. Throw in "lazy teenagers" ("are we there yet") and, homicide becomes a real threat (not sure who'll kill who). What happens if there's illness, a breakdown, bad weather (or other glitch)? I had wanted to see Yosemite that year but it was on fire!

I know that there is SOOOOOO much to see and do across America. I really think you'd be better off in cutting your list significantly and, seeing more of fewer places on this trip. If you do forge ahead, I truly wish you the best of luck; I'm afraid you'll need it.
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Old 11-09-2015, 12:12 PM   #14
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I would second and triple that comment, jkoenig24. Such a trip is borderline insanity and exactly right: you become a drive-by tourist, on a quest to jam in much of nothing while missing all the glory around you.
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Old 11-09-2015, 12:18 PM   #15
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Just got back from 62 days on the road! Go for it! 8551 miles on the truck, 10 in a taxi, 104 in a shuttle, 4752 in a plane (had to go Hawaii since we where in SF), 110 in a rental car seeing the island, 23 CG, 21 states and saw so much of this country we'll never remember it all!
Good luck and safe travels!
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Old 11-09-2015, 12:29 PM   #16
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I have camped many times at the Watchman campground in Zion's NP and love it. Get reservations early since it will fill up during the summer, especially if you need a pull-through. Easy walking access to Springdale (local town) and free park shuttle. Figure on Las Vegas like temperatures. Hike the steep Angels Landing trail if you really want to experience the park and vertical drop.
The north rim of the Grand Canyon is about a 2-3(?) hour drive from Zion's, so one option might be to stay an extra night and drive down and back to the rim.
Powell is fantastic. I stay at Bullfrog marina so I can't make recommendations about Page, except to make reservations early. RENT A BOAT! Expensive but well worth the cost.
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Old 11-09-2015, 12:43 PM   #17
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Wow! That is quite a trip. I agree with one of there prior replies, You must not miss that Grand Canyon. Bryce Canyon in Utah is worth the trip also. When in Banff Alberta you really must take the short drive west on Hwy. No1 to Lake Louise and iff you have the time the drive North from there, right through the centre of the Canadian Rockies to Jasper, Alberta is truly spectacular. A stop at the Columbia Ice Fields, on the way, is a must. (before global warming cents them gone). One word of warning.... Canada has very strict firearms regulations, especially where it pertains to hand guns and assault rifles. Do NOT even think of attempting to take one into Canada. If you are carrying one, find someplace safe to leave it in the U.S. before you cross. Even though it is presently not illegal to transport ammunition with you, you would be well advised to leave it in the U.S. also as, if found, it will initiate a very thorough search of your property to insure that there are no guns. We have American friends who have experienced this first hand when they had inadvertently forgotten a box of ammo. stored in their rig. Fear not as we here in Canada have one of the lowest gun crime rates in the world and where it does exist it it mostly in the Inner Cities and almost always gang related.
Enjoy your trip and believe me you will not regret a visit into Canada.
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Old 11-09-2015, 12:49 PM   #18
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2016 7 week trip

Your trip is similar to what we want to do next summer. Only thing is we need to leave in August. That is a LOT of hours and miles to drive in one day, especially if you only have one driver. Have fun
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Old 11-09-2015, 12:52 PM   #19
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Montana visit

If you do make it to Montana I would recommend either Outback Montana RV Park or Glacier Pines RV Park. Outback Montana RV Park is just south of Bigfork on the east side of Flathead lake and Glacier Pines RV Park is just east of Kalispell. Both have reasonable rates, although Glacier Pines RV Park is more centrally located in the valley and closer to Glacier park.
While you are in the area I would definitely visit Bigfork (nice little town right on Flathead lake) and Whitefish at the north end of the valley. If you have the time go to the top of Big mountain, it is a ski resort and you can take the chair lifts to the top, great views in all directions.
Have a safe trip!
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Old 11-09-2015, 12:55 PM   #20
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Some notes.
North of Banff, AB, CA is some of the prettiest I have seen.
When at Zion Nat Park, I would try to do a day trip to Bryce Canyon National Park
We did Yosemite this summer and had planed 4 nights and only did 2 we had planed 2 at Kings Canyon National Park & Sequoia National Park ( they are part of the same park ) and did 4 nights.
Zion Nat Park to Lake Powell to Alburquerque , I would not do Lake Powell without the boat ride to Rainbow Bridge National Monument, it is an all day ride. I would think of doing Chaco Culture National Historical Park between Lake Powell and Alburquerque.
We dry camp so no help on full hook ups.

So much to see and so little time.

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