Another road trip thread (Chicago to Seattle)

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Postby what the schmuck » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:02 am

instead of taking i-90 straight across from spokane to Seattle I'd recommend doing the upper loop to one of the least traveled national parks - North Cascades National Park. You've got the metow valley, winthrop, ross lake and diablo lake. driving highway 20 is amazing.

here's a link to the scenic loops: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/LocalPrograms/ScenicByways/
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Postby shark week » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:02 am

travel whichever route takes you closest to Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness
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Postby Guy Incognito » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:06 am

i think i mixed up which route was I 80 and which was I 90 in my posts but you'll figure it out
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Postby Stuntman » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:10 am

fresh wrote:i've taken this route a couple times and would definitely recommend it:

chicago to sioux falls
sioux falls to the badlands
the badlands to the black hills
the black hills to cody wy (stopping at devil's tower along the way)
cody wy to yellowstone/teton


Yeah I've done this exact route twice, and on the last trip I drove from Jackson Hole down to Estes Park. It was great.

I've also done your option 2, del. It seems cliche at this point but there's really a whole lot of nothing to see on that route.
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Postby brent » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:10 am

oh yeah and to bounce off guy incognito, i've never been to medicine bow but that's probably a way cooler/better suggestion than doing a jaunt over to fort collins

also the last time i went to yellowstone, i took i90 and stopped in the black hills for 2 nights. it is really cool, you can hike harney peak in a few hours if you haul ass, it's the highest point in south dakota and you get amazing views on a clear day. you can easily stop in the badlands, jewel/wind caves and at mt rushmore as well, all are worth checking out, even if mt rushmore is dumb/weird as hell. echo stopping at devils tower if you go this route too. also, the bighorn mountains are really fucking cool, i can't remember the drive i did exactly because it ended up being a detour due to a semi accident on the route i was initially taking...alternate hwy 14 maybe.
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Postby Guy Incognito » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:13 am

highest point between the rockies and the pyrenees, in fact!
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Postby delgriffith » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:15 am

I knew you all wouldn't let me down :)
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Postby Mister E » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:17 am

I've been feeling like shit ever since getting home from my road trip.

Life on the road man. My dharma.

Taking 119 from Boulder, to 70 and then the whole way out to Fruita, followed by the drive up 139 to 191 from Fruita to up over the Tetons were both the most amazing drives I've ever done. Constant insane scenery. Just me and my dog and the road.

Enjoy it, it goes fast.
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Postby bicycle made for two » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:20 am

curious - what's the route you're taking from ME to Chicago? I'm going to drive a similar route in a couple weeks and I'm already dreading the stretch through Pennsylvania.
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Postby Guy Incognito » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:20 am

thunder basin national grassland is not too far off your I-80 route and really striking in a way lots of posts (my own included) here are sort of dismissing

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Postby Guy Incognito » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:23 am

del, please look at these cool birds and consider the grasslands

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Postby Durham » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:29 am

grasslands are good
commercial farmland in Iowa and Nebraska connecting Shit Townes are Bad
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Postby larry the cable guy tooth fairy 2 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:31 am

del, let me know how i can help as you cruise through the magnificent state of iowa
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Postby delgriffith » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:32 am

Knoxville is gonna be too much of a detour I think.
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Postby larry the cable guy tooth fairy 2 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:34 am

des moines is about a six hour drive from chicago...sounds like a perfect place to stop for a meal!
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Postby slokra, of the regular ol' variety » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:41 am

drive through minneapolis and we can hang out

otherwise if you go through omaha you have to stop and eat at block 16 or you're dead to me
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Postby sleigh » Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:06 pm

i have no useful advice for you UNLESS you guys are bringing dogs, then i can be your fuckin swami. beyond that all i have for you is "iowa city pretty cool, get lunch or dinner at hearth"

oh and i know you're set for seattle to la but IT BEARS MENTIONING a long that route, while you're making your way down the california coast, whatever else you do..... stay outta santa cruz
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