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Old 06-01-2013, 07:50 AM   #1
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Road trip from Wisconsin to Seattle

Wife and I are leaving next week in our Scamp 13', first major road trip. We've only done local camping for no more than a week so this will be quite an experience. We're thinking about 3 weeks but are flexible. Mt. Rushmore, Glacier and Yellowstone are but a few of our planned side trips. I'm towing with an '01 Ranger. Any suggestions that we may not of thought of would be appreciated. Oh yeah...we're bringing our long haired Persian cat for her first road trip as well. Wish us luck

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Old 06-01-2013, 10:13 AM   #2
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Hwy 2 use to be our favorite route west. Because of the oil boom the last trip through Williston, ND will be our last.

If you go through Williston expect traffic delays and poor road conditions. The growth is more than Williston can manage. Even if it were possible you *would not* want to overnight anywhere near there. Even getting in and out of the new WalMart parking lot would be a challenge.

If you have time to burn and like the back roads we enjoyed a stop at the fossil place at Republic, WA on WA State 20. Going across 20 in Washington was slower but very scenic.

We have also really enjoyed taking 12 across Idaho and Washington.

If you take I90 plan your gas fill up somewhere other than Vantage, WA. We came in on an empty tank and had to gas up. It was the most expensive gas of any of our trips.

Have a wonderful trip. I'll miss being west this summer.

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I think I would look into one of those GPS pet locators. They seem to be fairly cheap insurance if the cat decides to take a side trip. Also RV motor club towing insurance is a good thing to have on a trip.
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If you take a more southern route across Idaho you might want to consider Craters of the Moon between Boise and Idaho Falls. It was very interesting.

If you nail down your highways I could tell you of camping spots we have found the five times we crossed.

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If you enjoy history stop at the Custer battlefield in Eastern Montana. You can stand on those wind swept hills, close your eyes, and "almost" hear the sounds of battle being waged around you.
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PS Also don't stop at Seattle. Drive up to Anacortes and take a ferry(not that expensive) across Puget Sound to the Olympic Peninsula. Then follow hwy 101 west around the Olympic rainforest. Some of the most beautiful scenery you'll ever see.
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If you take a more southern route across Idaho you might want to consider Craters of the Moon between Boise and Idaho Falls. It was very interesting.

If you nail down your highways I could tell you of camping spots we have found the five times we crossed.

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Craters of the Moon is a good idea. Actually since you're going to be in Yellowstone, go on south through the Grand Tetons then on to Craters of the Moon.
Then if time is an issue get on I-84 to I-205 to I-5 to Seattle. You'll be traveling through the Columbia River Gorge on I-84 in Oregon.
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thanks Byron, I went back and corrected my post. Nancy
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PS Also don't stop at Seattle. Drive up to Anacortes and take a ferry(not that expensive) across Puget Sound to the Olympic Peninsula. Then follow hwy 101 west around the Olympic rainforest. Some of the most beautiful scenery you'll ever see.
Drive almost to Anacortes, turn south to Whidbey Island, and take said ferry from Coupeville (Keystone) You'll need a reservation (actually a plus) for the ferry. If you come across 20 just follow it to the ferry (and you'll miss the infamous collapsed bridge, but probably not the traffic from it.)

Good idea, but Seattle does have some neat stuff, so if you aren't opposed to cities, it's a good one. Pike Place Market, Museum of Flight, new Museum of History and Industry (don't ask me the name of that one), Space Needle. Find a nearby park and drive places without the trailer, though, or take public transit, as you won't want to try to park with a trailer.

I think you need more than three weeks!
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Wife and I are leaving next week in our Scamp 13', first major road trip. We've only done local camping for no more than a week so this will be quite an experience. We're thinking about 3 weeks but are flexible. Mt. Rushmore, Glacier and Yellowstone are but a few of our planned side trips. I'm towing with an '01 Ranger. Any suggestions that we may not of thought of would be appreciated. Oh yeah...we're bringing our long haired Persian cat for her first road trip as well. Wish us luck

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We made a similar trip in 2008.
If you take I-80 You must stay a night at Dugway recreational area just north of Sinclair Wyoming. It is on the North Platte river about seven miles north of I-80.
If you have time, to stop at Minden NE, Pioneer Village is just 13 miles south of I-80. They have a decent camp ground good rates and a museum that reminds me of a smaller version of the Henry Ford Mueseum at Dearborn.
DON"T miss the Columbia river gorge or the various waterfalls including Bridal Falls. Here are some pics of Dugway...
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Oh and how about a drive up to Mt. St. Helen's observatory?...
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Columbia river gorge...
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This gets me wanting to make an around-the-state trip! Take 20 East, then something south? then the gorge west, then 101 up the coast and around the Olympics.
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Thanks for all the help, we'll be visiting my sister-i-l while at Seattle so dropping the Scamp and sightseeing is on the agenda. Bobbie I think you're right but we are concerned with our "traveling" companion. We're going to try to acclimate her to the truck and traveling this week.
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