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Old 02-25-2013, 08:35 PM   #15
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We made our first western trip last Spt and as retirees did not have to "punch the clock." We left from just south of Chattanooga heading to Nashville TN, St Louis MO, Kansas City then north and west to Rapid City SD and Yellowstone. The Tetons and Jackson are a nice day trip from Yellowstone. If in the area don't miss Monument Vally and navajo tacos at Gouldings Lodge. Until reaching Rapid City and once we left Santa Fe headed for home we traveled about 350 miles or less per day, otherwise we let points of interest dictate distance but again no more than about 350 miles/day. We had a general itinerary and a campground (private, not state or Federal) chosen for each day, and usually made reservations a day or two in advance of arrival. We did make reservations for Gouldings Campground at Monument Valley 4 or 5 days in advance as this is a popular campground. We were disappointed only once when we could not get a riverfront site in West Memphis AR for a second nite.
We have also made a couple of long trips to south Florida (down one side thru the Keys and up the other side) and have found that 300-350 miles or five to six hours whichever comes first is about our comfortable limit.

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Old 02-25-2013, 09:02 PM   #16
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We took a trip some years back with our two teenagers (I still get the shakes) and we pulled in to a Wal-Mart in Mobile (we were heading to Big Bend for Thanksgiving break). The kids asked us what we were doing, and we said, hey, this is our campground for the night. Both of them were IMMEDIATELY texting their friends what humiliation their red neck parents were committing them to.

I can honestly say that, aside from the nervous twitch they both have today, neither of them seem worse for the wear. Counseling has helped. Someday they will thank us, but clearly it will after we have moved on.
That's so funny! I'm sure my kids would have said the same thing! WHATEVER!
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:54 PM   #17
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Thanks everybody for the trip tips. We are on a time clock....but we are leaving well enough in advance that we will be able to take our time getting out there.....but I dont know if that will be true coming home. I love the Wall Mart story......we might try that on the way out. I don't know if she will actually mind it ough....she might just say, oh! SHOPPING!
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Old 06-09-2013, 07:34 AM   #18
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How manys days should we take?

How many days should it take to get to the Grand Tetons from Central Fl.? We have planned for 5 but we could leave a day earlier. My husband is not the stop and look around type.......he travels like he shops...go, get, leave. He's read the posts to our thread and said, "We'll never make it out there if we only go 200 miles a day..."

He wants to take I-10 through the panhandle of Fl. up and come back through Atlanta. We are leaving June 22nd or maybe the 21st. Will we be able to enjoy the trip out taking 5-6 days?
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Old 06-09-2013, 07:53 AM   #19
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When we went I needed to stop and have the kids in a pool somewhere every afternoon ... Plus 5 hours a day of driving makes for an enjoyable trip... I am just going to list our stops... Roughly 4 to 5 hrs starting from Greenville Sc so you can add a day to get to Atlanta

Start Greenville Sc
Nashville tn cedars of Lebanon state park)
Big Lakes Missouri (state Park)
St Louis Missouri (private park)
Badlands SD (Koa)
Mount Rushmore (Koa)
Devils tower wy (state park)
Coby wy (Koa)
Yellowstone/Tetons National park)

So that's 8 days but much more pleasant and great places to see on the way out there

We came back through Idaho , Utah,Colorado Kansas and home.... We drove a lot longer everyday to get home... Not near as nice but we were all pretty worn out by that point
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Old 06-09-2013, 07:59 AM   #20
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How many days should it take to get to the Grand Tetons from Central Fl.? We have planned for 5 but we could leave a day earlier. My husband is not the stop and look around type.......he travels like he shops...go, get, leave. He's read the posts to our thread and said, "We'll never make it out there if we only go 200 miles a day..."

He wants to take I-10 through the panhandle of Fl. up and come back through Atlanta. We are leaving June 22nd or maybe the 21st. Will we be able to enjoy the trip out taking 5-6 days?
MapQuest says Sebring to the Tetons is about 2400 miles, so if you average 200 miles per day it will only take you 12 days!!! We are driving to Yellowstone in a few weeks and are averaging 450 plus miles per day to get there on the 5th day.i am like your husband.......get me to my destination with few distractions.
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:10 AM   #21
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I guess everyone is different, I really wanted to see that stuff on the way, the arch was s highlight for the kids and I loved devils tower... They show close encounters at the base of the mountain every night
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500 miles a day is an awful lot. We try and keep it to 300 miles a day. Hope your resers in the Tetons are in Coulter Bay. Full hookups and a nice campground. Another suggestion ...if you are going for Tetons and Yellowstone, you may as well go for Glacier NP. Cheers.
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We are staying at Coulter Bay in the Grand Tetons and Fishing Bridge at Yellowstone. I am already thinking we will be rushing to get out there...maybe a bit more relaxed coming back....looks like we are going to leave on Friday instead of Saturday. That will give us one extra day.....@ 400 miles a day....to get out there. We don't have much wiggle room.

This Thursday we leave to go to the Keys...a trip, to make a list of things we forgot, that we can put in the AS when we stop by our house to reload.

We are looking forward to this, fly by the seat of our pants, trip!
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Old 06-09-2013, 05:29 PM   #24
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Just of note..... When we went I thought it would be no biggie to arrive a day early.... Every single campsite was booked so stick to your reservations to avoid stress
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Our first trip to Yellowstone from California took us via Salt Lake City. No easy way around the Sierras, but that way. Was supposed to take 17 hours...took us 30. I laugh now, but we drove that 30 hours I'm my beastly lifted Ford all 30 hours straight! We rolled into YS at midnight, sleep deprived and scare of bears...no setup just hit the rack.
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Old 06-09-2013, 10:31 PM   #26
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We left South Florida on May 22nd and are slowly meandering our way towards Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons (currently in Durango, Co leaving for Ouray in the morning). Have stopped along the way to visit San Antonio, Austin, Big Bend, Davis Mountain State Park, Guadelupe Mtns, Carlsbad Caverns, Elephant Butte Lake NM, Gila National Forest, Albuquerque (Santa Fe looked too smoky and Albuquerque was definitely not a disappointment and the trolley tour which is run by a couple of marketing grads from UNM is outstanding as an introduction to the city). With the exception of the first day when we covered the 600 miles or so from Ft Myers,FL to Fort Pickens, Pensacola we have settled for somewhat less although this haul did not feel too taxing. On I 10 it is a lot easier to comfortably eat up the miles on the decent road surface thru much of Western Texas and most of Florida than it is through Louisiana and Eastern Texas. For me , at least, the distance I feel comfortable covering is very elastic with a strong relationship to the surface and prevailing traffic conditions. 350/400miles a day in fair weather on the Interstates should not be too challenging. We expect to get to Yellowstone on June 16th (we have booked as we are now beginning to have a little more difficulty finding the place we want to stay at then we did a week or two ago as the summer rush has started). Anybody any suggestions for a stop between Park City UT and West Yellowstone for a couple of nights?
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:25 AM   #27
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I think we stayed at Palisades state park but that may be parallel from you near i15 .... Utah was on our return trip so we had dropped down from Idaho falls.

There is an rc park In Idaho falls that is a wonderful place to go July4th ..... Spectacular fireworks every year put on by a local billionaire
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:55 AM   #28
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We are familiar with the Rockies and your route. If you are typical of Airstreamers do not worry re reservations...there will be beautiful spots where one can just pull over for the night...or longer. We did 9750 miles on this circle in the summer recently and reserved only at Yellowstone. RV places in the west will squeeze you in somehow. Our schedule was generally to tow between 9 am and 4 pm, sometimes calling ahead for a spot around noon when we saw where we might want to stop. If time permits, looping down the Oregon coast is spectacular. Trying to make an average of more than 250 miles on moving days detracts from the pleasure of the trip. We suggest you shorten your length of trip to savour the trek. Safe travels.
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