Rocky Mountain Trip Advice
My wife and I are planning a trip out West to see the Rocky Mountains. We have half of the trip figured out but want some advice on the other half.
For the second half of the trip we plan to be at Rafter J-Bar Ranch in South Dakota. This should be around mid July 2015. We want to see Mt. Rushmore and several other attractions / sites nearby.
The week prior we want to find another campground with attractions / sites to see. We would want to spend about a week there. This could be in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, or North Dakota. Maybe... Utah. We are coming from Nashville, TN so we didn't want to go too much farther to the West than roughly the Colorado / Utah border if you look at a map and draw a vertical line up / down.
The problem now is that we cannot decide where to spend that first week. We would like for it to be close enough to Rafter J-Bar so that when we leave there it will take one day to relocate to Rafter J-Bar. For us, that can be as much as an 11 hour drive or so and still work out. I am thinking within 600 miles or so. We also want to keep it within about 2 days drive of Nashville, TN so that we are not spending all of our time just getting out there. As an example, Durango, CO would probably be about as far as we could go on that first week driving from Nashville, TN as it would take us about two full and long days.
Any thoughts? Our preference is to have a nice campground if possible... one where it isn't just a jammed up parking lot of RVs. And, of course, some things to go see and do. We are more interested in nature than cities and night life. I sort of envision old 1800s train rides, visiting historical sites, etc. ... stuff like that.
Hope to hear some good suggestions / ideas.
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