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Old 01-27-2016, 12:40 PM   #1
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Trip from Eastern PA to Mt. Rushmore

DW and I are planning a trip this summer from Eastern PA to Mt. Rushmore. Any suggestions about places to sight-see or stop along the way? We're probably looking to spend a day or so in the Chicago area along the way, too.

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Old 01-27-2016, 12:58 PM   #2
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Not sure what your interests or time frame are, but - might want to do a loop - go out via Chicago then through Wisc and MN. On the return, head for Duluth MN and across northern Wisc and the UP of Michigan. We did a trip to St. Paul that way and really enjoyed the UP, especially Lake Superior and then went over the Mackinac Bridge and down to Dearborn tto spend a couple days at the Henry Ford Museum - which is amazing.


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I've been from Eastern PA allot over the years (I grew up in Bucks County). I also go to the Blackhills every year.

When I go back to Bucks County I take the "southern" route. I do this to avoid most of the toll roads and it tends to have a bit less traffic. This route is only 20 miles longer than the Shorter more direct route. But the toll routes take you right to Chicago.

When you get to the Blackhills I recommend Crooked Creek Campground in Hill City, SD. This will put you minutes away from Rushmore. Make sure you take the time to go into Custer State park while there and drive the wild life loop. There is an old steam train route that runs between Hill City and Keystone. Worth riding.

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On our last trip west from NEPA we stopped at Mercer, PA; Henry Ford Museum/Greenfield Village/Ford Assembly Plant; Indiana Dunes SP; Wisconsin Dells; Mall of America then thru ND and MT. Great route!

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Also take in Crazy Horse Monument....and check out the T-shirt shops in Hill City
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I live in York, PA now, but Grew up just outside of Baltimore and went to college in Montana, so I've made the drive a few times. Wall drug store is cool, the Wisconsin Dells are also really cool!
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Old 01-28-2016, 12:14 PM   #7
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Thanks for the great tips. Hope we can fit a lot of those sites into the itinerary!
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Make sure to stop at the welcome stations in each state. Wonderful free magazines of the state, what to see, etc.
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Old 01-28-2016, 02:58 PM   #9
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Well ~~~~ we did the scenic route! From PA to St Louis and the arch. Picked up US 160 and on it is 4 corners, Mesa Verde, Grand Canyon, Great Sand Dunes Natl Park, Hoover Dam, into Las Vegas. Then north to I-80 to Salt Lake City, the Tabernacle, Mt Rushmore, and all that mentioned above. Why not see it all?
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I recommend that you stop at the Air Museum at Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton. Plan on spending a good day to see most of it or 2 days atleast to see it all.

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