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route from alberta to moidwest

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route from alberta to moidwest

We will be driving home from Banff to Illinois in August. Considering both quality of roads and availability of lodging and restaurants would it be best to drive across Canada and cut down into Minnesota or enter the states in Montana and drive east thru South Dakota, Iowa,etc.If the across Canada route is preferred what would be the best route to take.

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1. Re: route from alberta to moidwest

You might try posting this on the Road Trips forum too:


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2. Re: route from alberta to moidwest

You can also try out various routes and check mileage etc. at www.maps.google.com (click on "directions" and input your start and end point; you can drag and drop the highlighted itinerary to try out different options).

The cheaper option would likely be to drive through the US as much as possible because gasoline and accommodation are cheaper there than in Canada.

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3. Re: route from alberta to moidwest

We've driven many different highways going to and from Alberta/BC. If you choose the Canadian route, the real only option is the Transcanada Hwy. #1. It'll get you from Banff to Winnipeg, where you could drop down into North Dakota/Minnesota very easily. If you choose the American route, take heed of the fact that there are very few towns with accomodations throughout northern Montana (drove that route last year). You would be better off dropping down into southern Montana and taking that route past the Black Hills in South Dakota.

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4. Re: route from alberta to moidwest

Another option is to take the Trans Canada East from Calgary to Moose Jaw SK. Then head southeast to the border on route 39. On the American side it becomes US 52. You meet up with US 2 just before Minot SD.

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