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Old 08-18-2016, 04:00 PM   #1
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Route recommendations- new trailer!

I need your assistance in route planning for my drive from Western Chicago to Seattle. I'm stopping in that area first to see family, then heading up to Chilliwack to pick up our new 19' baby!

I'm looking for a direct, safe route with roadside amenities and good hotels. Can anyone offer any insight or experience?
Are there any towns ( and routes) along the way to avoid?

Are there any particular portions with scary heights, difficult passes, or hairpin turns?

For the maiden trip back home, DH and I desire to stop at a few places along the way. One being Yellowstone, the other is Mount Rushmore. We are strapped for time, but may be able to fit in one more. Any suggestions as to a must-see?

Towing the trailer back home, we don't want to put too much stress on our Chevy traverse V-6. So I'd like to avoid too many steep mountainous areas. So, are there any better routes along these lines?
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Old 08-18-2016, 04:13 PM   #2
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I-90 would be your best bet. Highest elevation is only 6329 feet at Homestake Pass in Montana. Plenty of decent towns with hotels along the way too.
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Old 08-18-2016, 04:22 PM   #3
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6000' isn't too bad...I have a terrible fear of heights.
So, 90 is pretty much the way to go, and it does seem to be the most direct.
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Old 08-18-2016, 04:26 PM   #4
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The app inRoute will show you the elevation, road curviness, temperatures, humidity, precipitation, wind speed, distance, and approximate drive time of any route you choose. I've used it on an iPad and it works well and allowed me to alter my route based off factors I want to avoid.
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Old 08-18-2016, 04:26 PM   #5
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Congratulations on the purchase of your Escape. You will be much safer once you leave Chicago. Don't forget to stop off in the Canadian Rocky Mountains on the way to or back from Chilliwack.
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Old 08-18-2016, 04:51 PM   #6
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I-90 would be your best bet. Highest elevation is only 6329 feet at Homestake Pass in Montana. Plenty of decent towns with hotels along the way too.
I'll second that recommendation.
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Old 08-18-2016, 04:58 PM   #7
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We towed our 19 with the Gmc version, the Acadia. Some of the climbs were challenging, but we took our time and the V6 handled it well. For the 7200 miles towed, we averaged over 15 MPG.
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Old 08-18-2016, 05:55 PM   #8
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Depends on the time of year! 90 to 80 and roads north to SD and Wyoming may be seasonal! We drove 80 to 90 west to east...the only iffy was Elk Mountain in Wyoming! We waited for the weather to clear and made a bee line! Wyoming can be very windy!
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Old 08-19-2016, 08:20 AM   #9
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Great info and I love the comments!

Will be sure to see the best Canada has to offer as well.
The app is a wonderful idea! It sounds exactly what I was looking for.
Thanks so much, everyone!
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Old 08-19-2016, 09:15 AM   #10
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Some GPS programs and Google maps will route you on Highway 212 outside of Rapid City SD, Belle Fourche to be exact. This is a two lane shortcut that traverses about 250 miles and saves up to an hour. It is a well travelled route but there are no services on the entire route. It is necessary to fill in Belle Fourche for the trip to Crow Agency.

I have only travelled this route, never the traditional I-90 brain freeze, so I do not have a comparison. Highway 212 is in good condition, has limited hills, good sight lines and used to have a Montana speed limit of wide open. I believe it has since been reduced to 75. As with any road in this area it can be closed due to weather.

If you like to travel the "Blue Roads", this is a good opportunity.

We have stayed in Wall SD and Deer Lodge MT, both have limited lodging choices. Your mileage may vary but we took three full days to make the trip. It did not make sense to do it in 2 1/2 and then sit around in the hotel in Chilliwack. I think the most frustrating thing was having to find and eat at restaurants that fit our criteria. Not a problem on the return trip.

We did take a second route change, taking US 2 out of Wenatchee, through Leavenworth and then over Stevens Pass. Another "blue road", more scenic but two lanes, steeper grades and a higher elevation than I-90 and Snoqualmie Pass. I found the Hampton Inn, several blocks from the standard Best Western, to be modern, clean and priced the same as. Finding a meal in the evening was a challenge as the area is primarily industrial.

For a grocery pickup after the Sumas transfer we travelled the 12 miles to Lynden and an excellent Safeway store.
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