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We are planning a trip for next summer across the northern part of the US, and we plan to visit the following states:

Starting in TX, LA, AR, MO, IA, MN, SD, ND, MT, WY, CO, NM ending in AZ.

What are some "must see" things in those states? We are not interested in cities but prefer natural things, monuments and so forth. And thanks in advance for helping us plan out trip!

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Go here to find "normal" and off-the-beaten-path things to see on your travels.


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A huge topic for normal bits & pieces normaly posted here. I would go online and get information from each state...division of tourisum. They will dump all types of information on their state, attractions, campgrounds, fishing, festivals, etc.


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Hi,

As a little kid, I was a big fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder books, Little House on the Prarie, and visited her prarie hometown of De Smet SD. I even camped on the homestead that Pa and Ma lived on. It looks nothing like the Malibu mountains where the movie studio filmed the show.

I drove by the 'Devil's Tower' yet there was no place to camp, the campground was full, so I had to keep going.

Yellowstone and Glacier National parks are great.

I see that you have included AR and MO, and my grandmother used to live in Pea Ridge, near a battlefield of the Civil War. It is also close to Beaver Lake, and that leads into Table Rock lake just outside Branson. Both have great Corp of Engineering campgrounds for a modest fee.

That is a long drive, how much time do you plan on using?

Fred.

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Golden_HVAC wrote:

Hi,

As a little kid, I was a big fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder books, Little House on the Prarie, and visited her prarie hometown of De Smet SD. I even camped on the homestead that Pa and Ma lived on. It looks nothing like the Malibu mountains where the movie studio filmed the show.

I drove by the 'Devil's Tower' yet there was no place to camp, the campground was full, so I had to keep going.

Yellowstone and Glacier National parks are great.

I see that you have included AR and MO, and my grandmother used to live in Pea Ridge, near a battlefield of the Civil War. It is also close to Beaver Lake, and that leads into Table Rock lake just outside Branson. Both have great Corp of Engineering campgrounds for a modest fee.

That is a long drive, how much time do you plan on using?

Fred.


Thanks Fred, that is the sort of info we are looking for. We know about the Roadside America site but we realize our fellow campers are a great source of information. We will start the trip on April 2 and plan to end up in Arizona in early November.

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JoeGood988 wrote:

A huge topic for normal bits & pieces normaly posted here. I would go online and get information from each state...division of tourisum. They will dump all types of information on their state, attractions, campgrounds, fishing, festivals, etc.


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Just off of I-90 in Austin, MN is the SPAM Museum. It's a fun stop and very well done.

http://www.spam.com/games/Museum/default.aspx


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Santa Fe, New Mexico Attractions for sight seeing. Mountains, Too! Yep, The Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Flagstaff - Gallup - Grants- to Santa Fe Plus

Must See in New Mexico

New Mexico State Parks

Cloudcroft, Lincoln/Capitan, Carrizozo/White Oaks

T or C (Truth or Consequences, New Mexico)

Some Colorado sites plus Chama/Heron State Park in New Mexico....... Colorado Springs... Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton..... More Infomation on the area.

Some misc. Information on MN, WY, SD & ND.

More North Dakota
The Scandinavian Heritage Center and Park in Minot was neat to see. As well as the Hjemkomst Center in the Fargo area, a neat "Viking Museum" in Moorehead, MN. Hjemkomst Center with a Stave Church and a Viking Ship made in America.

If you are in the Twin Cities, MN Area, there are lots to see.

Duluth, MN vs Black Hills >>>>>> Duluth & Lake Superior

A Neat Cabela's @ Owatonna, Minnesota. Neat Wildlife Displays, Aquariums, etc. Also at Rogers, MN, the newest in the state, and a small one in East Grand Forks, MN. No sales tax in MN on clothing and shoes.

Mall of America in Bloomington.

If close to Great Falls, MT: C.M. Russell Museum -Really neat if you like Western Art - HIstory. It was why I wanted to go.

Wyoming, Black Hills, & Montana; Cody, WY is neat as is things in the Wheatland/Douglas Area....Wheatland Area.

Yellowstone & Tetons

Cody and Thermopolis and the free Hot Springs Bathhouse.

Across from the Glacier Area, MT in Canada: We have stopped at Fort Macleod, Alberta when on our way to Waterton from Banff. It was were the first RCMP made an appearence. It was in the general area of a neat site, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. At Waterton, We were there in '97 and stayed at least 2 days, we stayed at Townsite Campground because the Crandell Campground was full. Townsite - "Located at the south end of the Waterton townsite, this campground offers 238 sites (95 of which are fully serviced), hot showers, flush toilets, food storage and kitchen shelters. There are no individual firepits. This open, mowed lawn campground, exposed to winds from Upper Waterton Lake, is an excellent place for RV's or for those who wish to be within walking distance of town amenities." Crandell - "Located along the Red Rock Parkway in the scenic Blakiston Valley, this campground is set in a pleasant montane forest. It offers 129 unserviced sites, flush toilets, piped water, kitchen shelters, some fire rings and firewood, food storage, recycling bins, and a dump station. All sites are back-in, and loops may be tight. We recommend that only camping units shorter than 9.5 meters/30 ft use this campground." Camping

Some Colorado sites plus Chama/Heron State Park in New Mexico. About 730 miles to Colorado Springs...ditto on shopping and sight seeing. Raton would make a good overnight, Sugarite Canyon State Park. More Infomation on the area.

Perhaps in Oklahoma, I visited this area in OK back in the late 1970s, Tenkiller Lake. I remember it was very pretty, looked like a nice campground. I'd like to go back there someday and camp. And we also went by some of these in Arkansas at the same time.

We have had some experience with San Antonio & Texas Hill Country .

The Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas & Texas Coastal Bend.

Also just off I-10, Caverns of Sonora (cavernsofsonora.com), they say is a National Natural Landmark, a unique cave located 8 miles west of the town of Sonora, Texas, and a world-class cave. But we have never stopped. I have read they do have camping there.

Off I-10 West of Ft Stockton, Balmorhea State Park is located in the foothills of the Davis Mountains southwest of Balmorhea and nearby Davis Mountains State Park. Or check out the Big Bend Area.

Tucson Plus

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Great tips from all above.

If you like historical stuff and monuments, you MUST see the Little Bighorn Battlefield. It is in southern Montana. Aside from the historical significance, which is very interesting, it is a gorgeous natural setting.

Also, in Thermopolis, Wyoming, you should see the state park with the hot springs, and the local museum. A jewel of a museum in a little town.


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In South Dakota, this is useful: SD State Parks. There is a beautiful park west of Yankton, Lewis and Clark, one of the prettiest I've ever seen. Beautiful, well spaced sites. At Madison, should you get up there (great Mexican restaurant in the north part of town) there is Lake Herman SP, another very pretty CG with lots of room between spaces. Part of it is treed, part open. Take your choice. In the west end of the state there is so much to see and do, and gorgeous country. In between, there is a COE CG at Chamberlain, very grassy, at the dam site.

You seem like a planner, so that must be what works for you. I'm more of a wanderer, and have found the nicest places and people doing so.

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