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Old 07-07-2012, 10:22 AM   #1
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Travel from Vermont

Hi Everyone -
We will be leaving at the end of Aug to travel across the country to pick up our new 17b. So excited! Looking at Google, there appears to be many different ways to get there - and back. Obviously we'd like to get there as fast as we can and then take our time coming back. Unfortunately, we only have a little over 3 weeks - so not much time to linger anywhere.

Has anyone taken the Fast Ferry from Muskegon to Milwaukee? I was thinking going out that route might save us some time and driving.

Any thoughts on great campgrounds to stay in WA? I'm thinking near the ocean and/or Seattle. When we get here, we will be brand new owners and would want to stay for a few nights to relax a bit and check out our new home.

Also thinking about Glacier National Park on our way home (it would be early-mid Sept by then - hope the Going to the Sun road is still open). Nice campgrounds near there? Things to do at that time of year?

I'm thinking our next and probably last stop might be Mt Rushmore and/or Crazy Horse - then we'd head home. Any nice campgrounds near there?

Thanks! As soon as Tammy starts sending photos, I'll try to get them on here.

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Old 07-07-2012, 11:02 AM   #2
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Re: Travel from Vermont

Have you talked to Ian and Jenny Eddy, because they did the same trip from Vermont 3 years ago to pick up their 19.
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Old 07-07-2012, 12:19 PM   #3
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Re: Travel from Vermont

Hi Mark & Judy:

I'm picking up my 5.0 July 12th. We live in South Florida so our trip home will be is a little further away.
We are flying to Portland, Oregon buying a Frontier and driving up to Chilliwack. We plan on doing a little sight seeing too by visiting yellow stone & Mt. Rushmore. Our itinerary is as follows:
From Chilliwack taking the Copeville to Port Townsend ferry - staying at Fort Worden.
Then traveling to Hammond, Oregon and staying at Fort Stevens.
Traveling to North Bandon, Oregon To Bullard State Park.
Traveling to Crater Lake, Oregon (Crater Lake Resort Campsite).
Traveling to Nampa, ID - staying at Ambassador RV Resort, Caldwell, ID)
Traveling to Grand Teton, WY, Staying at Grand Teton Park RV Resort, Moran, WY
Traveling to Yellowstone, WY, Staying at Fishing Bridge
Traveling to Bighorn, WY, Staying at Sibley Lake, Bighorn, National Forest.
Traveling to Custer/Badlands, SD, staying at Crooked Creek, Hill City, SD (10 miles to Mt. Rushmore).
Traveling to Sioux Falls, SD and heading south east through Omaha, NE to our home in South Florida.

We only have 15 days once we pick up the trailer so we can't spend too much time at each place but I did some research and spoke with some people who did the places. This will be our first time traveling with a trailer so we look forward to this adventure.

Good luck and enjoy,

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Old 07-07-2012, 01:29 PM   #4
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Badlands NP is about 60 miles from Mt. Rushmore on the way east, definite worth a stop. Cute little town, Interior, SD restaurant has unbelievable Indian Tacos. The Badlands should be seen on a moon light night, like being on the moon
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Old 07-07-2012, 02:47 PM   #5
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Re: Travel from Vermont

I have taken the fast ferry from Milwaukee to Muskegon. It is fast but it will not save you that much time. The reason is you need to arrive 2+ hours ahead of time and then upon docking wait for your vehicle to be unloaded. Costs run about $80 per passenger and $80 per vehicle. Tolls around Chicago will run about $15 depending if you have an iPass (they are common in all the Northeast and will work in Illinois).

The ferry is interesting but not that interesting and not a time saver. I would guess that the majority of passengers are avoiding Chicago driving or looking for the experience.
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Old 07-07-2012, 03:03 PM   #6
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Re: Travel from Vermont

Just Google the "going to the sun " road because part of it will be closed for road maintenance--I think the last day the whole thing is open is the 15th of Sept---I know because we are doing it that very last day!!!
Made us change our plans a bit...
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I haven't traveled that road for well over 30 years. Would like to do it again some time.
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Re: Travel from Vermont

Also Beartooth Highway in Montana, Charles Kuralt called it the "most beautiful highway in the world"
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Old 07-07-2012, 05:40 PM   #9
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Re: Travel from Vermont

If you are planning on taking the Copeville to Port Townsend ferry, it is strongly suggested that you make ferry reservations, https://business.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/reservations/

Fort Stevens is a nice park with two different types of camping: near the water and in the woods. The movie, An Officer and Gentleman was filmed there. Port Townsend is a good place to visit and shop and about 5 minutes way.

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Old 07-07-2012, 09:49 PM   #10
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Re: Travel from Vermont

Thanks for the info. Sounds like the ferry isn't what I was thinking and won't save me much time (but would cost me a bundle). Back to my google maps to find another route
I knew there was 1 trailer in VT, but they had it delivered. I did not know there was another one. How would I contact Ian and Jenny?

Also, thanks for info about Montana roads. I will go back to my trusty friend - Google - and check them out - never heard of Beartooth Highway. I was thinking the going to the sun road might be closed due to snow, not construction. Ha! what do I know...

@Roger, you sound so organized. I only hope that a week before we leave we will be as set as you are. Safe travels! and enjoy your new 5.0 (that'll be my next one )



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