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Re: WY, ID, MT, SD [Re: BamaCKC] #14909211 05/25/20
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I’ll agree with some of the above. Deadwood is a cool
Spot but with kids I wouldn’t spend much time there. Mt. Rushmore is a must see but even taking the little hike around it doesn’t take really long. There’s lots to do in Keystone/Black Hills area though. My kids really like Bear Country and Reptile Gardens. I’d recommend getting to Bear Country first thing in the morning and beating the rush. The alpine slide is fun for the kids and adults as well. We went south a little last year to Monmouth Dig site and it was really cool, the kids enjoyed it and still talk about it from time to time. I’ve always liked Devils Tower it’s a nice little walk around it. Buffalo Wyoming is a nice town to stay in for the night or Sheridan. Staying on the mountain is even better. The South Fork Lodge on the Buffalo side is a nice place.

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Are you flying into and out of SLC, making a giant loop?


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Re: WY, ID, MT, SD [Re: BamaCKC] #14909229 05/25/20
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If you're going to Rushmore, be sure to hit Needles Hwy. Deadwood doesn't take long unless you want to gamble or shop. The crab leg buffets on Friday nights are good. As mentioned, the kids (and adults) will like the reptile gardens and bear country much more than Deadwood. Yes on Devil's Tower, Beartooth Pass, Keystone Hwy, Rushmore and Needles Hwy. History buffs love the parks and museums but the kiddos might get bored. The caves in the area can be fun to. I was to Wall Drug as a kid but I don't remember enjoying it at all so I've went elsewhere.

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Re: WY, ID, MT, SD [Re: BamaCKC] #14909238 05/25/20
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If you have young kids take something for them to feed the burros in Custer State park. That was my grand daughters favorite thing. Also the suggestion to tour the Little Bighorn Battlefield is a good idea if you like history. Be sure and read up on the battle before you go. We took a sometimes gravel road after leaving Little Bighorn and drove over to Pryor and Edgar MT as we wended our way to the NE entrance to Yellowstone at Silvergate. Beartooth Pass is very scenic.


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Re: WY, ID, MT, SD [Re: BamaCKC] #14909241 05/25/20
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If you want to see the country...from South Dakota go to the Custer Battlefield, then to Billings, Roundup and Malta. Take the Hi Line west to Glacier, then south to Choteau, Augusta, Wolf Creek and Helena to the north entrance to Yellowstone. Stop in Cody and the museum. Back to YNP and south through Grand Teton National Park, Dubois and Lander to I-80.

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If you're staying in Ashton you should checkout Mesa Falls in Island Park on your way to Yellowstone one Day. It's a short, quick little detour or on the way if you take the back way through bear gultch. Also eat a burger at Big Juds in the main gas station in Ashton. If you have kids with you spend at least a half a day at Yellowstone Bear World about 30 miles before Ashton if you're coming from SLC. I live about 5 miles from it.

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Originally Posted by Hastings
Also the suggestion to tour the Little Bighorn Battlefield is a good idea if you like history. Be sure and read up on the battle before you go.


Can't miss the Little Bighorn. I spent an entire day there.

If you are a Lewis and Clark fan, Pompeys Pillar is a must. Right outside of Billings - the only physical evidence of the expedition. Took an hour or so.

http://www.pompeyspillar.org/

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Re: WY, ID, MT, SD [Re: BamaCKC] #14909327 05/25/20
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Don’t skip over Custer’s Battlefield at the Little Bighorn or the Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody.


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Nothing to see in N. Idaho or E. Washington. Don’t waste the gas. Roll Tide


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Re: WY, ID, MT, SD [Re: BamaCKC] #14909367 05/25/20
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I will say the same thing about Deadwood, do not spend too much time there.

Crazy Horse is another good place. The carving is not as finished but the visitor center is very good, or it was the last time I was there. Lots of native american history.

Custer State Park and the needles highway is a gem.


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Re: WY, ID, MT, SD [Re: BamaCKC] #14909420 05/25/20
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Something that always kinda saddens me when I see these threads, many folks in the Eastern part of the country do not have a real grasp on how far it is between stops out here in the West. If you plan too many places to go and see, you will wind up driving more than seeing, driving yourself and your family nuts especially if you have children. Go to one place and stay a few days and see all there is to see there while resting up and really enjoying yourselves. For instance, Cody WY is worth 4-5 days with little side trips. You cant possibly do justice to a Yellowstone trip in a day or two. Reduce the planned number of stops and have a better time.


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Originally Posted by Burleyboy
If you're staying in Ashton you should checkout Mesa Falls in Island Park on your way to Yellowstone one Day. It's a short, quick little detour or on the way if you take the back way through bear gultch. Also eat a burger at Big Juds in the main gas station in Ashton. If you have kids with you spend at least a half a day at Yellowstone Bear World about 30 miles before Ashton if you're coming from SLC. I live about 5 miles from it.

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Love this part of the world. You must be around Rigby or Rexburg. Island Park can be wild place. Beautiful!

Re: WY, ID, MT, SD [Re: WAM] #14909444 05/25/20
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Originally Posted by WAM
Nothing to see in N. Idaho or E. Washington. Don’t waste the gas. Roll Tide


^^^^ Truth.


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Re: WY, ID, MT, SD [Re: jnyork] #14909540 05/25/20
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Originally Posted by jnyork
Something that always kinda saddens me when I see these threads, many folks in the Eastern part of the country do not have a real grasp on how far it is between stops out here in the West. If you plan too many places to go and see, you will wind up driving more than seeing, driving yourself and your family nuts especially if you have children. Go to one place and stay a few days and see all there is to see there while resting up and really enjoying yourselves. For instance, Cody WY is worth 4-5 days with little side trips. You cant possibly do justice to a Yellowstone trip in a day or two. Reduce the planned number of stops and have a better time.


Gotta agree with this,when we went out a couple years ago,I had a bunch of things I wanted the boys to see ( as I've been out before).
We went into SLC overnight,drove to Jackson,+ Teton NP 2 nights,drove to YNP, camped in West Yellowstone 2n,then to Cody 2 nights, then back,total of 4x thru YNP.
The boys all say it was thier favorite vacation ,they just wish we didn't drive so much.
I took the rap for that as I really wanted to see as much as possible as I know it will be hard to get back.

Re: WY, ID, MT, SD [Re: Jim_Conrad] #14909554 05/25/20
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Originally Posted by Jim_Conrad
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Dont forget to make time for the Hi Line.



We could use the money.......


What's the Hi Line?



The charming slum of Montana.



By all means take your kids to the Hi Line.......


so you can threaten to move there when they act up 🙂


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Originally Posted by dassa
If I were making that drive, I'd rather skip a day in salt lake to make time for Custer battlefield and devils tower.


Salt Lake only adds about 3hrs or driving on the front end of my trip. I thought it'd be worth the detour when going from Rock Springs, WY to Ashton, ID.

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Originally Posted by horse1
Are you flying into and out of SLC, making a giant loop?



No planes. All-American road trip. Driving from Alabama. Right now I have it planned to make a big loop and never drive the same road twice. I think we're hitting 13 states.

Re: WY, ID, MT, SD [Re: EdM] #14909642 05/25/20
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Originally Posted by EdM
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Nothing to see in N. Idaho or E. Washington. Don’t waste the gas. Roll Tide


^^^^ Truth.

But, but, but, there's millions of acres of dryland wheat and canola on endless miles of rolling hills.

Seriously, I had the chance to spend a day in SLC when my kids were in elementary school. It took us nearly all day to get through the SLC zoo. It was a very worthwhile trip. Also, there is Hill Air Force Museum not very far from SLC at Ogden. I did not get to see it, Momma took the kids while I was working. The 12 year old boy was thrilled.


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On a trip like this, how is the 1st question not:

"What gun shops should I stop at when on a 14 day tour of XX?"


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Re: WY, ID, MT, SD [Re: Burleyboy] #14909648 05/25/20
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Originally Posted by Burleyboy
If you're staying in Ashton you should checkout Mesa Falls in Island Park on your way to Yellowstone one Day. It's a short, quick little detour or on the way if you take the back way through bear gultch. Also eat a burger at Big Juds in the main gas station in Ashton. If you have kids with you spend at least a half a day at Yellowstone Bear World about 30 miles before Ashton if you're coming from SLC. I live about 5 miles from it.

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Thanks for the great info. I'll be in Ashton for 5 nights.

Right now, SLC is unsure. We may or may not make the detour. I just hate not to, who knows when I'll get another chance to see it.

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