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Roundtrip road trip from Florida to Yellowstone

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Roundtrip road trip from Florida to Yellowstone

My husband and I want to take our class B motorhome from North Florida to Yellowstone and back. this summer. We don't have much time - 2 weeks tops. I'd love to go to Carlsbad Caverns and maybe Rocky Mtn National Park, turning around to head back at Yellowstone. We've been to the Grand Canyon (both rims), Zion and Bryce Canyon, as well as Yellowstone last summer, but want to return this time in rv. Is this possible?

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1. Re: Roundtrip road trip from Florida to Yellowstone

How much time did you have last year or did you fly?

Just a quick googlemaps gives Live Oak to Yellowstone as around 2200 miles one way. Adding in Carlsbad and Rocky Mountain NP to Yellowstone and back to Live Oak gets me around 4,900 miles. That number divided by 14 is 350 miles a day...every....single...day.

I am not an RVer but I doubt you can do 350 miles a day for 14 days without a break. You also would not have time to see anything as that does not figure in any time or days to see any of Yellowstone's 300+ miles of paved road.

To me even the 4400 just to Yellowstone and back would be tough in 2 weeks. I have actually driven from Jax to N. Idaho which is further than you would drive, but it took me 6 days one way in a car.

Sorry to be so negative. The places you want to see are awesome.

Pam

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Last summer, we took a week, but flew out to Jackson, WY, then rented a car and did this awesome circular route that took us to Riverton (2 days in the area staying at the Windriver Casino), visited the springs at Thermopolis and dinosaur museum, drove on to Cody (visited museums - 1 nt.), then into East entrance of Yellowstone, stayed one night in cabin, one night at Lake Hotel. Visted both large valleys (saw many animals), then last day many geysers. Drove back through park of Teton NP, then nt. in Jackson, and flew back to JAX. Had a great time, but drooled over the idea of rving in the area.

Disappointing (that we won't have enough time), but we're near retirement, so maybe should do a less ambitious trip this summer, then take more time another year to do it right. Really want to go out west though...

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3. Re: Roundtrip road trip from Florida to Yellowstone

We WANT you to come out west too!! So very different from FL.

How about doing part of your trip...such as to Carlsbad via Big Bend, then some spots in NM and back home?

Pam

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New Mexico is a great state as well and much more to see than "just" Carlsbad caverns but 2 weeks for the drive out to Big bend and add New Mexico and the drive back already will be tight. Hill coutry (near San Antonio and Austin) is a great places to travel around and spend time also.

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5. Re: Roundtrip road trip from Florida to Yellowstone

Hi

If you're near retirement and will have time to do the RV trip all the way to Yellowstone in the near future, I'd really recommend you wait and do the trip the 'right' way then. There are lots of much, much nearer destinations that make sense for a 2 week RV trip. Tet and Pam have offered one option, to head towards TX and NM, but I'd also ask, where have you been before in the RV? How much experience do you have with your RV? Do you know where to fimd RV parks, etc?

SWT

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6. Re: Roundtrip road trip from Florida to Yellowstone

I'm just into my 60s, but in my lifetime have had popups, trailers, a 5th wheel, a class C and a class A. It's been several years since we've rv-ed and this is the first time with a class B, but it's similar, just smaller. I've traveled camping-wise to almost all of the Southeast, and Midwest from Indiana to Omaha, NE, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas. I've traveled via train and plane to Yosemite, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Glacier, Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, and even Denali. Love the parks!!!! I've never been to Texas or New Mexico however. I do have family in Asheville, NC and also Indiana, so though very familiar with those areas, may opt to do a park plus family trip. Next winter we will likely travel to Tucson for the huge gem and mineral show there, so I guess it makes sense to be patient. I'm retiring (37 years of teaching) in June, but husband's still working, so time is limited this summer. I'm "chomping at the bit" to hit the road though and explore!

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7. Re: Roundtrip road trip from Florida to Yellowstone

You could do Big Bend, Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands next year februari on the way to Tucson, For a summer trip maybe northern NM.

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8. Re: Roundtrip road trip from Florida to Yellowstone

Suwanneesong, after 37 years of teaching you need a SOLO Road Trip! Congrats on your retirement...it's wonderful, lol!

Pam

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9. Re: Roundtrip road trip from Florida to Yellowstone

Congrats also on retirement!! Both husband and I retired several years ago. We do not do RV but do fly and drive trips to the west. Usually try and do at least 2 each year.

With limited time might look at doing Texas, New Mexico and possibly SW Colorado. We liked the Durango area and Mesa Verde NP along with Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Also San Antonio in Texas is not to be missed- the Alamo, historic missions and riverwalk are our favorite places to visit in Texas.

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10. Re: Roundtrip road trip from Florida to Yellowstone

After all those big rigs, your little Class B will be such a breeze!

Congrats on retirement. I too am a teacher & 37 years teaching deserves a road trip! Perhaps even just Texas this summer, since you've never been & only have 2 weeks.

Or do what I do while MrDenalicat trains for his bike races- jump in that tiny little rig & take off on roadtrips by oneself. I find it very liberating & fun!

Edited: 13 February 2014, 16:13