Don't forget Devil's Tower in NE Wyoming. They have a wonderful RV campground inside the park right across from the base of the tower. I think it is dry camping - any one know? There is also a campground right outside the park.
Custer State Park in South Dakota! Gorgeous! Also the 1800 train ride from/to Keystone is fabulous!
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Very ambitious agenda for just a month. Especially when stopping to visit relatives.
But try to fit in the OR coastline if you can, skip WA & definitely do Yellowstone (come in thru Grand Tetons).
Well I'm aware that we won't be able to do it all, but these are the areas we want to plan a trip to. I'm just looking for suggestions from those who have experience in these areas. Getting some very good suggestions and I appreciate it very much. Likely won't stay in any one place more than 3 or 4 days. Kind of want to have an idea of where we will go and then just let the trip dictate where we stop and for how long.
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Other posters have made really good suggestions. IMHO you do not have enough time to see it all. More really is more, so limit selections to a few good ones, and assume that you will return. Central Oregon around Bend could easily occupy a week or two. The Idaho panhandle is also worth a few days. Darn, now I'm starting to plan this years trip! Enjoy yours.
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As you travel I-90 west of Bozeman, MT, at exit 278 (Three ForksI think) on the north side is Wheat Montana. They have some very good breads (all types), really good sandwiches, and excellent cinnamon rolls; coffes's pretty good, too. It's a really good place for lunch if the timing is right and parking a rig is easy. There was construction on the overpass last summer, but it was easy to navigate.
If you're interested in aviation you may want to consider the Evergreen Museum in Mcminville, OR. Howard Hughs' "Spruce Goose" is there along with aircraft from the beginning of aviation to the space age. There's also and enclosed water park, but we didn't take that in (we're empty nesters) so I can't comment on that.
One comment about Sturgis, SD: That's really a three week event, with bike traffic still pretty heavy on the week before, and after, the actual week of the celebration. Enjoy your trip.
NW Washington is a wonderful place - we live here! You could easily spend a month within the state, without going anywhere else. Same with Oregon. I'd recommend at least 2 weeks doing the Oregon coast, from the CA border up to Astoria. Depending on your schedule, you could do the Olympic Peninsula in 5 days, take SR-20 over to Eastern WA, than proceed to your other intended destinations.
If that's not possible, head back to Portland from Astoria and head east, saving WA for next time!
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Do not miss Crater Lake, Oregon (if it is open and the snow has melted off to gain access), I don't know if the "OLD MAN" is still there or not, last time thru there was the late 60's, this turn off is after the Collier Memorial State Park area on the same hwy.
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Being a lifetime Oregonian --- there's not any really bad place to visit --- except the highway louiskathy mentioned (they're right). I live in the Bend area and I agree totally with the others. Remember, in Oregon you have attendants at the gas stations that pump your fuel UNLESS it's diesel...you can pump your own diesel.
One other highway I would suggest NOT getting on ----- I5! It's boring and you miss the beauty of Oregon!
If you're going N. on 97 into Washington, think about visiting Leavenworth, Methow Valley to N. Cascades, Grand Coulee Dam, Dry Falls, all pretty close to each other. If you're going late in the summer check forest fire conditions. We had a pretty smokey trip all thru the areas you mentioned, dodging fires most of the way.