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Old 05-31-2018, 07:39 AM   #1
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Pennsylvania to Grand Canyon, Bryce, Moab, etc.

Looking for route information on a planned trip to GC, etc. 2002 Winnie , class C, 331c, with toad. Six to eight weeks. I drive 300 miles per day, try to schedule two or three nights a stop. Currently using AAA, KOA and Woodalls. Looking for best routes, stops
and roads to avoid!
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Old 05-31-2018, 08:43 AM   #2
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We live in Minnesoooota and have made the trip both east and west a few times. I80 is probably your best bet. You do need to go through the area south of Chicago, but that should be the worst. You could drop down to I70 and then angle north after Chicago, but that adds a lot of miles.

Otherwise the Toll Road to Chicago is OK, just not great. After Chicago Take I39 to I90 west. That will take you west of most of the dense traffic. It is a little out of the way, but the money you would have to pay in tolls will make up for the extra fuel.

I90 through the Dakotas is a pretty good highway although it can be along way between towns out there.

Places to stop and see, Chamberlin, SD. (Corn Palace), Wall, SD (Wall Drug) worth the stop! SD Bad Lands, Rapid City, SD, Black Hills and Mount Rushmore. and on to Yellowstone.

Nearby is Devil's Tower, Little Big Horn, ect.

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Old 05-31-2018, 08:55 AM   #3
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Well actually you said Grand Canyon and I saw Yellowstone. OK, done that too. In your case I would Get on I70 and take that to St. Louis. Then I44 to Oklahoma City. From there I40 will get you to the area west of Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon area.

Lots to see en route there as well. In the St Louis area stay in St. Charles the original state capitol and a very quaint old city. Oklahoma City had the Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum which is really an art museum and really nice. In Amarillo, Tx. the Big Tex Steakhouse has their own camp ground and really good food. Then there is Albuquerque, NM. Nice city to visit. On the way west it The Crater. Seems a meteorite hit there. Interesting.

Lots more to see and do. Have fun.
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My only comment would be to look at Kanab, UT as a potential base-camp for Bryce, Zion, North Rim of GC. We did this last year and were able to stay at a small camp right in town and get to each of the parks in a cloverleaf type tour. I think the furthest was about 80 miles away.
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Thanks for your idea. Any chance you remember the name of th cg you stayed at? 6
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Old 05-31-2018, 10:26 AM   #6
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Route you suggested sounds good. We've I80 to I90 to I 35? Then back to I80 if memory recalls on our last trip to Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore, Custer and Bad Lands. I was trying not to duplicate, but looks like that's the best route. Also, looking for routes and places to avoid!
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The I35 north to I80 adds miles. I39 to I90 is diagonal.
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Thanks for your idea. Any chance you remember the name of th cg you stayed at? 6

Kanab RV Corral. We liked that it was pretty close to the center of town. Kanab was where many of the old westerns were filmed.
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Old 06-01-2018, 04:50 PM   #9
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Pennsylvania is a pretty big state, where are you starting from?
If it is not out of your way, take I-81 to I-40 and then west to Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon.


What time of the year are you going? Moab is pretty hot in the summer. Same with Zion.


If you were on a 3 week trip, then staying at Kanab and doing day trips works. With 6-8 weeks, spending 3-7 days in a campground inside the NP's gives a much, much better National Park experience than just a day trip. Even if you have to stay in an RV Park outside the park and drive in each day that is better than a one to two hour oneway drive to get to the park.
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Old 06-01-2018, 05:31 PM   #10
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We took a trip around the country last year and went to the GC via Albuquerque. I would avoid I-40 between Flagstaff and Williams. In some places the passing lane was the only one suitable to drive. It was the worst road we were on.

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We're starting from Northeast Pennsylvania, Lake Wallenpaupack to be more precise. We plan to start out the second week in August.
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Four Lane west

Being familiar with where you are starting your trip if you are looking for major 4 lanes, you can head up to Binghamton and take 86 across the southern tier all the way to 90, stopping off in the Finger Lakes to sample NYS Wines or go south on 380 and pick up 80. I did the New York route a couple of times starting in the Corning area and plan on heading that way in the middle of July. Safe travels
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north Rim

We visited the N. Rim last year with two of our grandchildren and stayed in Jacob Lake RV campground. Very nice and leaves a short run into the park. Went to a Page after that. We picked up the kids in Stillwater OK and ran across the north part of the state over to CLAYTON, NM and stayed at the state park there. Small but beautiful. Then on to Red River and Jacob Lake. Very nice trip, but no interstate for sure.
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It's a great trip. We did Route 66 and got off in Arizona since it was starting to get cold in November... and went south from there. We did the southern edge of the GC... camped at Williams and took the Wild West train up to the rim as a day trip.


This year coming home from Florida we got beat up on H81 with all the pot holes, broke the radio and CD player, struts on the car and am now trying to figure out an alternate route for the fall to get us back to Arizona


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