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Old 11-25-2009, 11:34 AM   #1
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I am planning a trip to National parks?

The Ken Burns special on National Parks has me thinking about making a trip west.

The last time I was at the big National Parks out west was back in the early 70's when best friend and I went out west for a month to camp and fish. I would like to do it again with my wife. We will leave Atlanta and head to Southern Illinois for our first stop. We will leave the Cape Girardeu area and head west.

I will be pulling my 27' Overlander with my 4.7L Ram Dodge for the trip. I want to visit some nice sites, but I am not sure how well my Ram 1500 would do in the mountains. I will work on keeping my weight down.

Any suggestions on a nice park to visit and how to set up a plan? Something majestic and memorable. I don't want to go all the way to California. If you have any memorable trips for a beginner airstreamer please reply. I only have used my airstream for my property or the local state parks.

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Old 11-25-2009, 02:54 PM   #2
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I think you have a great idea. We will need more information to really help out. First, how long are you planning on being on the road and when? That makes a HUGE impact on where you might want to go.
What year is the Dodge, my F150 wasn’t up to the task in the west, but then again it was a 91 with a 302 under the hood. I understand the newer ˝ tons are just about a whole new species.
While we wait for the details, I am going to suggest seeing FEWER places in greater depth. Additionally, if you pay attention to national forests, BLM lands, and so forth, the quality of your trip will be better. Finally, once you know where you are headed, find out the natural and political histories and read up before you go. Know the geology before you go and you won’t just be looking at pretty rocks, you will be traveling through time.
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Old 11-25-2009, 04:08 PM   #3
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I am also a new owner of an Airstream (love it!!). My wife and I, just before buying our Airstream, made the trip from CT to CA with our Suburban. Couple of highlights are Grand Canyon, for sure, Monument National Park in Utah, WOW. Also driving over the Rockies is a must! I don't know your age but if you are a senior (62 or older) you can get a lifetime free pass to all National Parks and it affords you discounts on things in addition to free admission for you and the occupants of your car etc. FOREVER!!. I definitely took advantage of it. Take you time don't rush, we have a wonderful country to see, you take advantage. If you wish to contact me give me a PM.
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Old 11-25-2009, 04:18 PM   #4
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I am thinking two weeks (14 days ). I don't want to go fast and try to see everything. I just want peace and quiet and a beautiful view. If I was to do it I would want to go in the month of June. I was looking at yellow stone and I calculated in my head one day to Southern Illinois and spend the night. Then I would try to make it to Omaha the next day. and camp maybe two nights and then try to make it to Yellow Stone. I have no idea how tired I will get and where I would camp on the way. I know I could do the overnight at a Walmart or a truck stop if I get to tired to drive.

I guess I will just have to get out and do it to find out how it will work best for me. My wife will not pull the trailer so It would be me doing all the driving.

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I am thinking two weeks (14 days ). I don't want to go fast and try to see everything. ...If I was to do it I would want to go in the month of June. I was looking at yellow stone ...
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Brian,
We did a similar trip from here in Mississippi in 2008

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...8-a-41824.html

We were gone for 17 days I think and we drove ALOT!
For 2010 we are working up another trip and focusing on the Tetons. One other item, early June still has winter (for us southern folks) weather with snow, sleet and cold temps so plan to stay warm.
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Are you in luck.

Check out my Generals Gone AWOL threads from when I lived in Carbondale IL. I would recommend overnights in the Rapid City area, and definitely some time in the Big Horns. June is nice at Jellystone, stay away from the big in park campgrounds run by the vendors instead stay in the park run campgrounds. Do remember that they have a no generator rule in those campgrounds. Don't miss the Grand Tetons NP. There is also a bunch of good stuff south of Jackson in the Pinedale area.

Here is a start http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...wol-34450.html

Maybe more than you want to read, but its a start on thinking about the general trip you have in mind
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Old 11-25-2009, 05:04 PM   #7
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Disaray:

You did some traveling. you put some miles on your rig. All the places see pretty cool. You visited Custers last stand when we were in a horrible drought. It must have been really hot. I really liked the weathered mountains you took pictures of.

Did you live in Carbondale? I graduated from SIU.

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Can you take longer than two weeks?

Long hours of towing a trailer can be very draining, even dangerous.
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You will spend half of your time getting there and back safely. That leaves you time to see maybe two parks in the same general vacinity.

If you can make it a month.. then you can really see some parks!
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You did some traveling. you put some miles on your rig. All the places see pretty cool. You visited Custers last stand when we were in a horrible drought. It must have been really hot. I really liked the weathered mountains you took pictures of.

Did you live in Carbondale? I graduated from SIU.

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Yeah, I did put on some miles. That was before I got my new habit of go slow and lingering where possible. Just because there is lots of cool stuff to see doesn't mean you have to see it in one trip. I don't live in Cdale anymore, I got my degrees there.
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Old 11-25-2009, 07:04 PM   #11
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Slow mode is the way I wan't to do my vacation. I want to see some beautiful land and relax. I think taking your time and exploring is what I want to do. Yellow Stone is nice but I have never visited the Tetons. I do remember checking out the mountains in Idaho years ago. I just need to get to retirement so I can camp for a few months.

I was checking out my possble route using Google Map. I am pretty sure I am going to head west going through Missouri. Interstate 80 looks like the route for me. 1, 585 miles to my destination. I would take my time and take about 3 to four days to get there.

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Slow mode is the way ...I have never visited the Tetons.I was checking out my possble route using Google Map. ...Brian
1) A big difference between our South east roads and the ones out there...
The mid west rural 2 lanes are long and straight. We took the state roads all the way back to Mississippi. Nuttin better than stoping on the side of a 2 lane state highway for a sammich and never having a car pass!

Skip the interstate!

2) we are headed back to the Tetons, we enjoyed them MUCH better than Yellowstone...
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Hey Brian try to make it to Zion,absolutely beautiful! I agree the Tetons are just amazing. There's a little hamlet called Moose just outside the south gate of the park that has a unreal sunset view up at the Grand. This is the best place to get what they call headlight pictures. The suns rays cut in between the peaks at twilight all the way across the valley.Jackson is a really cool town but will be crowded in June.
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I for one would never travel I-80 unless I absolutely had to. The truck traffic is horrendous. Give me a two lane road anywhere and that's the road I'll take. You just can't see America from the interstate. I do understand the need to use them to make time, but for me the Interstate Raceway is anything but relaxing. Especially out west.

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