Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-19-2016, 03:43 PM   #1
1 Rivet Member
 
2014 25' Flying Cloud
Jackson , New Jersey
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 9
Planning a trip out west - appreciate some input

Hi,
I'm hijacking my husband's forum right now while he's at work. I've never posted to any forum before. We are planning a trip from the east coast out to Yellowstone by way of the Dakotas. We'll be heading west through PA first. Ideally, we hope to see the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Zion and maybe Bryce national parks. If we could swing it in a 3 week time frame, I'd love to try to see the Grand Canyon as well, but that's probably asking too much. I'd also love to see Glacier National Park. Some of these things will probably have to wait for another adventure, but I'm hoping to experience as many of these beautiful sites as we can manage since getting 3 consecutive weeks off from work is near impossible. We figure that we'd like to spend the most time in Yellowstone - probably about a week.

Has anyone taken a trip like this or stayed in a "must see it to believe it" campground where we're heading? We have a pull trailer 25' Flying Cloud. We love nature, hiking, etc. But I also don't want to rough it too much. I don't care about tv or microwaves, but I don't like the idea of going more than a day or two without showers!

Unfortunately the only time of year we can go is August. So, I'm sure it's going to be super crowded.

Any tips or ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
__________________

__________________
cprpe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2016, 04:09 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
AWCHIEF's Avatar
 
2006 23' Safari SE
Biloxi , Mississippi
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 8,135
Images: 33
Why not set up your own account under your name. Helps keep the confusion down.
I hope to be able head out west later this year or next. Might try to do a little work camping at the Canyon or other park. Still got a few ties here that I need to cut lose from.
__________________

__________________
MICHAEL

Do you know what a learning experience is? A learning experience is one of those things that says "You know that thing that you just did? Don't do that."
AWCHIEF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2016, 04:10 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
Hittenstiehl's Avatar

 
1965 24' Tradewind
1962 28' Ambassador
1961 19' Globetrotter
Mesa , Arizona
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 3,038
Images: 9
Wow, quite an itinerary and time frame.

I might do a MapQuest or Trip planner plugging all those destinations in and see the mileage and time frame without any time frames. Then modify from there.

It can be done, by doing the drive thru in each park and a highlight attraction in each but its very rushed.

For instance, at the Grand Canyon you park and look over the edge, at Brice and Zion you just drive thru and do the pullouts.

Then you can always decide which ones to come back to. And keep in mind as you said all the parks will be busy so getting thru is more time consuming. Especially if the bison want to cross the road and then change their mind and just stand there for an hour.
__________________

Hittenstiehl
Hittenstiehl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2016, 04:11 PM   #4
Moderator
 
Kevin245's Avatar

 
Vintage Kin Owner
... , ...
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 9,390
Images: 9
Welcome,

That is a lot of territory to cover and indulge in over 21 days. In 2014 we spent 9 days in Zion, Bryce Canyon and just skimmed the surface of all there was to immerse ourselves in.

Last Summer I had a conference in Salt Lake City so we flew in early and spent 3 days in Grand Teton National Park. Hiked 33 miles in two days and spent the last day piddling around the park. We decided then that on our next trip out we'll attend each park 5 to 7 days each, as there is just too much beauty to see.

Don't forget Utah's Route 12 or the National Monuments, and State Parks.

http://www.scenicbyway12.com/wp-cont...oute_guide.pdf

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument | Utah.com
__________________

"You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do."

Eleanor Roosevelt

Kevin245 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2016, 04:48 PM   #5
Rivet Master
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 811
Like others have said, Slow down. If you have only two weeks, a trip to Yellowstone is feasible with short stops at Mount Rushmore, Badlands and maybe a stop in the Midwest like Wisconsin Dells is feasible. Jackson, Wyo and the Grand Tetons can be added since they are on the way.
If you plan to do more than that, you will be rushed, have to drive too much and have to rest up from your vacation when you get back.
If you are planning to stay in the Parks, it is best to make reservations ahead of time.
You may not have hookups, but you will always have a hot shower. Perhaps you will have to haul water so take a 5 gallon "jerry can" and add water from it ahead of time so you won't be learning how to do it in the campground.
You can stay in a commercial campground every three or four days to dump.
Enjoy your trip.
__________________
handn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2016, 05:03 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
2005 19' Safari
GLENDALE , AZ
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 2,441
A quick calculation shows that driving alone will take up 10-14 days of your vacation (roundtrip), depending on your average speed and the number of hours you plan to drive each day.

We drove much of that route last summer, and you'll be passing through or near many very interesting places. You may wish to seriously consider shortening your route and spending more time at attractions and seeing the sights along the way.

Note: If you add Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks to your itinerary, expect to spend 14-18 days behind the wheel.
__________________
Phoenix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2016, 05:15 PM   #7
1 Rivet Member
 
2014 25' Flying Cloud
Jackson , New Jersey
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 9
Thanks for the tips. I actually did do a quick map quest of the main areas (leaving out Glacier & the Grand Canyon) after posting. It is formidable! I guess the bulk of our trip should be Yellowstone and some areas of Utah.

We have such a gorgeous country, and I haven't seen anything west of PA! I'm over-eager!

So if we keep it to WY & UT for the most part, any other suggestions of great places to see, hike or stay?

I do think South Dakota will be a good stop on the way out. Maybe head a little more of a southern route on the way back.

We will definitely pack those jerry cans for water!

I think I'll love seeing a bison in my path! If it takes too long, I may rethink that!
__________________
cprpe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2016, 05:16 PM   #8
Rivet Master
 
Mrjkq's Avatar
 
2016 25' Flying Cloud
Venice , Florida
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 982
Over the years I've been to most places mentioned above. Every one is worth while but some stay with you forever in particular the Little Big Horn. This piece of history in a must see. The battle field Custer & his 200 + soldiers died on has for the most part been left untouched except for a cemetery & amphitheater where park rangers explain how the battle evolved.
BTW, we're doing that trip again this summer & like last time no reservations, but also no time restraints. Have a great time.
__________________
Joe
Venice, FL
2016 FC 25RTB
TAC FL-47
2016 Nissan Titan XD Cummins Diesel
Mrjkq is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2016, 05:50 PM   #9
Moderator
 
Kevin245's Avatar

 
Vintage Kin Owner
... , ...
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 9,390
Images: 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by cprpe View Post
Thanks for the tips. I actually did do a quick map quest of the main areas (leaving out Glacier & the Grand Canyon) after posting. It is formidable! I guess the bulk of our trip should be Yellowstone and some areas of Utah.

We have such a gorgeous country, and I haven't seen anything west of PA! I'm over-eager!

So if we keep it to WY & UT for the most part, any other suggestions of great places to see, hike or stay?

I do think South Dakota will be a good stop on the way out. Maybe head a little more of a southern route on the way back.

We will definitely pack those jerry cans for water!

I think I'll love seeing a bison in my path! If it takes too long, I may rethink that!
My top two hikes are:

Angel's Landing. (Zion) http://www.neilpeart.net/news/novemb...ding_Trail.jpg

Paintbrush Canyon, or Cascade Canyon, or loop the two canyons together if you're really up to a hike, (Grand Teton)

Neither of these two are for the faint of heart, but the views are stunning.
__________________

"You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do."

Eleanor Roosevelt

Kevin245 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2016, 06:22 PM   #10
gpt
4 Rivet Member
 
2014 25' FB Flying Cloud
sequim , Washington
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 296
its a long way out this way. i would suggest cutting down on the visit sites and making it a priority to see something in depth. that could be Yellowstone or any of the other NPs that you mentioned. this is vast territory and a couple of hours here or there will not do any of them justice as you reflect on your trip. camping inside the parks, well, not such a hot idea as almost all of the sites do not include water, sewer or power. i would be looking outside whatever park(s) you decide on for other private accommodations. also makes it way easier to travel inside the parks as well.

zion allow zero vehicles inside the park unless you are staying at the park hotel but the shuttle bus service is excellent and a wonderful idea to boot.

entering Yellowstone, turn left, everyone else will be turning right. the back loop which includes the falls is a worthy and not too busy sight worth seeing. obviously the most popular places will be packed, and i mean packed, with people in August. old faithful will be hard to appreciate because of all of the people packed into the viewing area.

but, this is your trip and you do have visions of what it 'should' be like so go take a look before it is too late to appreciate these wonders.
__________________
gpt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2016, 06:31 PM   #11
2 Rivet Member
 
2012 30' International
Key Largo , Florida
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 83
In South Dakota, apart from the Badlands suggest trying to take in Custer State Park and the Needles Highway.
__________________
Martin R is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2016, 07:06 PM   #12
4 Rivet Member
 
Silverbee's Avatar
 
2015 28' Flying Cloud
2012 25' Flying Cloud
2007 20' Safari SE
Fuquay Varina , North Carolina
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 382
Trip Out West

We did a trip out west last July through early August to see Mt Rushmore, Yellowstone, and the Tetons. We were gone 5 1/2 weeks. We are in North Carolina and went out via Tenn., Kentucky, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, South Dakota, etc. and returned a more southerly route through Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Kentucky, etc. We were gone 5 1/2 weeks. I think your itinerary is a bit ambitious.

You asked about campgrounds. Here are some that we would go back to and recommend:
Country Roads Motorhome and RV Park - Wisconsin Dells/Lake Delton (take the boat ride down the Dells, most everything else is too touristy)
American Creek Campground - Chamberlain, S.D. (right on the Missouri River)
Indian Campground - Buffalo, Wyoming (convenient to HWY 16 which most consider the easiest, safest passage over the Big Horn Mountains when pulling a trailer)
Buffalo Bill State Park - Cody, Wyoming (just a few miles from the east entrance to Yellowstone)
Homesteader Park - Powell, Wyoming (free and good for an overnight)
Tie Flume Campground - Big Horn Mountains National Forest
Cabela'`s RV Park and Campground - Sidney, Nebraska
Camp-A-Way Campground - Lincoln, Nebraska (be sure to visit the state capital building - it is one of the prettiest in the U.S.)

These were some of our favorites.
Enjoy your trip.
__________________
Silverbee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2016, 07:20 PM   #13
1 Rivet Member
 
1936RoadWarrior's Avatar
 
1936 20' Clipper
Reno , Nevada
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 14
Within last year have been to most of the places you mentioned. in The Dakotas, outside of Sturgis (nothing there except vintage motorcycle museum and huge bars) is Deadwood.
Very cool little town.
Rushmore..........great., but good for about one hour of foto taking.
Glacier......fabulous
Yellowstone......classic
Grand Canyon. ..... for sure, go to the North Rim if you can. Much better than So Rim
viper333@att.net
__________________
1936RoadWarrior
1936RoadWarrior is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2016, 07:42 PM   #14
4 Rivet Member
 
field & stream's Avatar
 
2008 23' Safari SE
2007 Base Camp
Santa Ynez , California
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 362
Have to agree with all who have said that is too many places in too little time. I would recommend a focus on Yellowstone (our favorite) and Grand Teton. Both have campgrounds with or without hookups.

Reservations may be essential in August, so get on it now. A bit surprisingly maybe, the visitation drops off after mid-August so if possible shoot for that.
__________________

__________________
field & stream is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Help with some trip planning? msh441 On The Road... 3 06-12-2013 03:51 PM
Planning trip out west jdanielii On The Road... 19 04-18-2013 01:49 PM
Planning a trip out west slk On The Road... 15 10-15-2010 07:54 PM
New to RV'ing and would appreciate some advice porterut Member Introductions 5 01-28-2007 08:54 AM
Planning a trip out West Mr. D General Motorhome Topics 6 05-04-2006 12:28 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:48 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.