Sons coming home from active duty. Havent seen him in two years. Stationed in Japan but very frequently temporarily assigned to posts in hostile theaters. He was also in Norther Japan for last years disasters. Been a while of nail biting.
At any rate, the family is going to take a two week trip to Yellowstone. We will have three drivers. Wife wants to try driving for the first time. Should be ok on the interstate.
We intend to safely make the best possible time out there. Then a leisurely ride back.
This is the rough route
Being that there is three of us driving, Im am figuring driving from sun up to sun down .. about 12 hours a day .. approximately six to eight hundred miles a day.
My question is, along the path laid out, what are some good places to stop to "See" and rest for the night. I know the obvious, Gateway to the West, Rushmore...
It would also help to know where the Walmarts and rest areas are along the path.
I do have the book "The next exit" ... but Im sure you'll agree ..can never have too much info on this kind of trip.
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I plugged your start and end points into Streets & Trips and got a somewhat different route to get to Yellowstone that is about 250 miles shorter. The differences are: After crossing Missouri, take I29 north to route 2 and pick up I80 at Lincoln NB. Continue on I80 to Rawlins WY, then north on routes 287 and 26 to Grand Teton National Park (which you don't want to miss). Continue north through Yellowstone to West Yellowstone. West Yellowstone is more centrally located than Gardiner for touring the park and makes a better base camp. There is only one campground in the Park with hookups - Fishing Bridge.
You might still want to leave through the north entrance, which will allow a stop at the Little Bighorn Battlefield along I90 in Montana and also Devils Tower before you get to the Black Hills.
You didn't mention when you are going. IMO, May is too early and July-August are too crowded. We like the first 2 weeks of June.
Since your already out there and if you arrive or leave YS by the East entrance you will go through Cody, Wy. The Buffalo Bill Cody Museum is a MUST SEE if your at all interested in guns. They have at least 1 of every gun ever made there. Leaving by the north entrance to YS allows you to take the bear tooth highway over to Red Lodge,Mo. Charles Kuralt called it the most scenic drive in America. This however is NOT a drive for a large motorhome. Car or small camper only and I wouldn't try pulling a trailer over it either. But it can be driven round trip in a day.