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Old 07-31-2019, 06:19 PM   #1
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Mississippi River road then west

Hi, we are wanting to go up the Mississippi River road to Minnesota in our interstate. Leaving Sept. 1st. We think it will take us approx. 14 days to get to Minnesota then heading west. Any suggestions as a route going west would be greatly appreciated and weather looks to be good in mid sept. To do this but we would like some opinions from people with more experience.
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Old 07-31-2019, 07:44 PM   #2
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West to where? Direction will influence route.
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Old 07-31-2019, 09:00 PM   #3
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14 days to go to Minnesota from Mississippi. Unless I'm missing something that's prolly only approximately 80 miles a day. That's my commute to work!
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The Mississippi River Road route is over 3,000 miles (according to the web site for the route) so 14 days means the average daily distance is over 200 miles. I suspect the web site is not taking the shortest distance between two points. That gives some time for sightseeing on some days, mixed with some longer driving days from time to time.

The OP doesn't say where they are headed when they turn west. North Dakota? South Dakota? Further west like Wyoming and Montana? West coast?

The Badlands in SD are pretty spectacular and there are plenty of interesting places to stop along the way.
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I just did US 2 from west to east. Glacier to MN near the Mississippi headwaters. I would do that route again.
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River road then west

Thank you everyone for your input. We don’t really have any specific destination when turning west after seeing the start of Mississippi River in Minnesota. We were considering going toward Oregon then south thru California then heading back to Mississippi thru New Mexico Ect.
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We don’t have a specific plan after heading west. We are looking at suggestions and options. We would like to go thru California Napa valley area down and eventually turn back toward Mississippi
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You are right,lol. We probably will make it in less time. We just don’t want to get caught up in snow.
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Cant go wrong with National Parks. Great ones im the direction you’re headed. We did a long trip from Seattle to MO and hit some of the sites below. It was an awesome trip.

In OR we did the coast. Beautiful. Avoid big cities!!

In WA Mt Rainer and Olympic NP (huge). You can take your AS on the ferries.

In CA Redwood NP, Avenue of the Giants, Yosemite, King’s Canyon to name a few. Napa is extremely crowded and traffic nightmare and we couldn't wait to leave.

SD is awesome with a lot in a relatively small area: Rushmore, Black Hills, Badlands, Devils Tower (WY).

Southern UT is fabulous: Bryce, Zion, Arches, etc. we didn't get enough and are going back in Sep/Oct.

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We have taken 2 west from Minnesota, and it is a very pretty, if somewhat unexciting, drive.

Lots of prairie initially, as I recall, but you should be able to get all the way to the west coast that time of year, without running into snow.

Be aware that the Great River Road doesn’t follow the river all the way up.

You will have some periods “inland”, for lack of a better term, tho as you get farther north and the levees are gone, it is a pretty spectacular view.

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The "easy" routes west run through North Dakota (I-94) and South Dakota (I-90). The northern route takes you past Theodore Roosevelt NP and to the north side of Yellowstone NP. The southern route takes you over to Mt. Rushmore / Devils Tower / Wall Drug . Needless to say, there are an infinity of other routes. If your passports are in order, the Trans Canada gets you to some nice parks as well.

Assuming you "make the turn" in mid September and stick to a casual driving schedule (we don't move as fast as you do .... so that's in no way a knock) you will be into the mountains in October. That's getting into (early) snow season. Not a big issue if you can slow down and wait out a storm. Possibly an issue in terms of heating the RV.

Because you are sort of "past the season". The number of parks that are open will start to slim down a bit. Things like water are going to be shut down due to freeze risk. Planning around that is very much doable, it just takes a bit more thought.

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We just came back from Wisconsin and Iowa and Illinois. Once you get up this far check out the Core of Engineers CG. The Iowa side is awesome. Unfortunately with the flooding , many of the COE were closed. Check ahead. Stop at Effigy National Monument on the Iowas side. Wonderful. This time of year getting in the Wisconsin SP may be achievable mid week. Try Wyalusing SP. There is a free dump station on the Iowas Minnesota border. Town of New Albin. Very nice. The small towns on the river on the river are fun. If you head to SD. In the Sioux Falls area, we just stayed at Big Sioux Recreation area. Nice campground with electric. Water available coming in. Also check out Sioux Falls falls. Due to heavy rains, Falls are really spectacular. DellRapids, SD has a nice city cg right on the Sioux River. Need to be there midweek. The Dells at Dell Rapids are worth seeing. You would never guess the extent of them. KOA in SFalls has left us unimpressed. Very crowded. Check to see if a rodeo or fair is on when there. We stayed at Rafter J Bar Ranch By Hill City SD. $$$$ but lots of amenities. Lots of CG in that area some marginal and crowded. Take the drive through Custer State Park. Then off to Devils Tower. Sturgis rally is coming up soon
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Scottsbluff, NE is a beautiful area and Fort Robinson State Park is Nebraska's premier park. Good camping and hiking there, too. Here's a link, safe travels.

https://nebraskastateparks.reserveam...&parkId=230077
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