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Old 04-25-2019, 09:04 AM   #1
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Talking Massachusetts to Chilliwack

Hi,

I was looking for some help in our travels from Massachusetts to pick up our trailer in Chilliwack, BC.

I have attached a photo from googles maps for this trip.

We are trying to determine which route we should drive to Chilliwack the N Dakota route or the S Dakota route since we will not have our trailer our plan was to stop at some of the attractions closer to the highways but keep on a good pace.

Our plan on the ride home would then be to take it slower and enjoy the trip back.

Any suggestion on either routes and what to make sure to see would be helpful.

Thank you.
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Old 04-25-2019, 09:53 AM   #2
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Of the two routes you have shown I would recommend the route through Minnesota and North Dakota, much more scenic, especially if you stay a day at Medora, ND and take the drive through Teddy Roosevelt National Park.

I would take the South Dakota route home and spend some time in the Black Hills.

If you're a bicycle rider, take Interstate 90 across Minnesota, stop in Lanesboro, Minnesota and ride the Root River Trail. The scenery here is gorgeous and there are NO mosquitoes. We've ridden a number of trails in western US and the Root River Trail is up there with any of them. Plus, you can stay at the 250 Campground and have a spot next to our 5.0 (where we store the camper when we're not traveling).

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Old 04-25-2019, 11:17 AM   #3
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Hi,

I was looking for some help in our travels from Massachusetts to pick up our trailer in Chilliwack, BC.

I have attached a photo from googles maps for this trip.

We are trying to determine which route we should drive to Chilliwack the N Dakota route or the S Dakota route since we will not have our trailer our plan was to stop at some of the attractions closer to the highways but keep on a good pace.

Our plan on the ride home would then be to take it slower and enjoy the trip back.

Any suggestion on either routes and what to make sure to see would be helpful.

Thank you.
I'm familiar with both routes. I would plan on South Dakota on the way to Chilliwack. A lot to see but you can do most of it in a day. You've got the Bad Lands, Mount Rushmore, Black Hills, Deadwood, and Sturgis. Once you get to Spearfish take 212. You'll wind up at the Custer Battlefield. Then on up To Billings. Now I may have made the argument for South Dakota on the way back. Anyway, on the North Dakota route, as Perrryb67 noted, Medora. Visit the TR National Park and there is a fairly nice campground by the river in Medora. Also, they have an excellent very professional musical presented in a beautiful amphitheater on a nearby ridge. The musical by itself would be worth a trip to Medora. Back in Montana after you head east from Billings along the way is "Pompey's Pillar". The main attraction there is that many of the great early western explorers carved their initials on the sandstone rock. Oh I forgot the main reason for a trip across South Dakota, The breakfast buffet at Wall Drug. You can't go wrong either way. Enjoy.
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Old 04-25-2019, 11:53 AM   #4
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Yes, the southern route is definitely more scenic especially South Dakota and Mt. Rushmore and the BadLands and Wall Drug. North Dakota is just plain, plain......the mileage is about the same as you both end up on I90 through Montana.
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I would suggest the more northern route for going out and the southern route for returning, not that I'm familiar with the route (except the highways in IL, WI, MN and IA) but for avoiding the worst of the Chicago traffic with the trailer. Also there are many tolls in IL on I90 around Chicago but your southern route means only one toll on I80 south of Chicago.

You had originally been thinking of delivery it's good that you've decided to see the country and pick up your new Escape yourself. How much time are you allowing for the whole trip?
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Having thought this over I can mention another option. I've done most of the two you have planned and most of this third option. I worked out of Boston for about a year and when it came time to relocate my Boston vehicle to Montana I looked at the map and noticed Buffalo, Toledo, Chicago and Minneapolis and decided I'll try something else. I headed toward Montreal and got on the Trans Canada. This route is about 100 miles longer but to me way more interesting than the other option. Now I departed the Trans Canada above western North Dakota but if you continue on that route you'll go through Banff National Park. This would, to me, make the extra 100 miles well worth while. Banff is just stunning in it's beauty and the trip from Banff to Chilliwack would also be very scenic. Then, return with the trailer through South Dakota. Are you planning on Yellowstone? One thing I left out in South Dakota is the I90 rest stop at Chamberlain. Great view of the Missouri.
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Old 04-25-2019, 02:22 PM   #7
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plus, going that way thru Canada you will be able to spend over $5/gallon for petrol, just think about that....
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plus, going that way thru Canada you will be able to spend over $5/gallon for petrol, just think about that....
Hey the guy lives in New England. He's use to paying way too much for too much for stuff, like gasoline. I was also going to advise him to avoid Sturgis in August.
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Personally I like Ashfall National Monument in Royal, Nebraska on the way out if you like fossilized rhinos and elephants. After Glacier National Park on Route 2 through Montana, I like Teddy Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota on the way back if you like buffalo, wild horses, and mountain sheep.

I also like to stop at the Machine Shed Restaurants in Iowa (near Davenport, and Des Moines) because the food is great. The pie is even better.
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Going west, once across the state, check out Medora, ND. TR liked it.
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