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Old 12-03-2015, 02:09 PM   #1
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Ideas for our "out west" trip in Sept. 2016

We're planning our first big trip with the 31RLDS. Planning about two and a half weeks. So far this is what we have:

Buffalo NY - Custer State Park (taking about 3 days to get there, about 350 miles per day): staying in Game Lodge in Custer for two nights.

Custer to Grand Tetons (taking two days to get there): Need advice on campgrounds in Jackson/GTNP area! Staying two nights.

GTNP to Yellowstone: Four nights at Fishing Village.

Yellowstone to Cody: two nights.

We're sort of at a crossroads on the return trip. One thought is to add in a two night stay at Theodore Roosevelt NP in ND. We've never been or talked to anyone who has been. Would it be worth the side trip? Any ideas on what to see/do on the way back would be appreciated!!
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Old 12-03-2015, 02:15 PM   #2
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I would look at taking a northern track back through North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin around the great lakes.
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Old 12-03-2015, 02:27 PM   #3
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We're planning our first big trip with the 31RLDS. Planning about two and a half weeks. So far this is what we have:

Buffalo NY - Custer State Park (taking about 3 days to get there, about 350 miles per day): staying in Game Lodge in Custer for two nights.

Custer to Grand Tetons (taking two days to get there): Need advice on campgrounds in Jackson/GTNP area! Staying two nights.

GTNP to Yellowstone: Four nights at Fishing Village.

Yellowstone to Cody: two nights.

We're sort of at a crossroads on the return trip. One thought is to add in a two night stay at Theodore Roosevelt NP in ND. We've never been or talked to anyone who has been. Would it be worth the side trip? Any ideas on what to see/do on the way back would be appreciated!!
If anything were to change in Custer, don't stay at Custer's Gulch Campground. We were there in August and had a terrible time there. On your way there, on I-90 in Presho South Dakota, We stayed at New Frontier Campground right off I-90. Great place to stay overnight if you are just looking to stop. From there its 3-1/2 - 4 hrs to Custer.

I-90 had alot of construction but traffic kept moving at 55MPH. You will have a great time!
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Old 12-03-2015, 02:29 PM   #4
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You might want to look into the Beartooth Hwy between approximately Yellowstone and Red Lodge, Montana. You wouldn't want to drive your trailer on it, but you can stop and camp, and then take a day trip on it. It's quite amazing.
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Old 12-03-2015, 03:02 PM   #5
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I forgot there's a website... An All-American Road in Wyoming & Montana | Beartooth Highway | Montana & Wyoming Scenic Drives
It's been a few years since we were there.
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Old 12-03-2015, 06:38 PM   #6
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The Terry Redlin (artist of mainly outdoors/wildlife scenes) museum in Watertown S.D is very nice and the Corn Palace in Mitchell S.D. is quite unique. Laura Ingalls Wilder homestead (little house on the prairie) in Desmet S.D is interesting too. Stay away from Beaver Lake Campground in Custer. Too many un-printed rules that change at the owners whim. Beartooth highway is great but you wouldn't want to tackle it towing a camper!
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Old 12-03-2015, 07:00 PM   #7
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Keep in mind that the national park campgrounds in Yellowstone park and Teton National parks close during the 3rd week in September. We got caught in the middle of that a couple of years ago.
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Old 12-03-2015, 07:22 PM   #8
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If it's not out of your way, try Deadwood, South Dakota. Cool little town with a ton of teeny casinos -- if you are into that kind of thing. (We are!) My geography is not great, will you be near Little Big Horn? We did the tour there and it's pretty amazing.
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If it works for you, try the Badlands in SD and/or Devil's Tower in WY. The Dinosaur Natl Monument in UT is fabulous, with several campgrounds nearby, but I recently heard it was closed, so check first. Have a great time...
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In the Grand Tetons Colter Bay was very nice. It is not as crowded as in Yellowstone.

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