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Thoughts on our trip

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Thoughts on our trip

Guys - I'd really appreciate any comments on our planned trip in September! We're 4 adults, into scenery.

7th Fly to Denver

8/9th Rock Mountain NP

10/11/12th Hill City - Mt Rushmore, Custer SP/Badlands

13th Spearfish Canyon/Deadwood/Devil's Tower onto Sheridan

14th Little Big Horn staying in Sheridan

15/16th Cody - Buffalo Bill Museum

17th, Red Lodge, Beartooth Highway stayng in West Yellowstone

18/19/20th Yellowstone NP

21/22nd Grand Teton NP

23rd Vernal via Flaming Gorge (only here as stopover on way back)

24/25th Grand Junction - Black Gunnison NP, Aspen

26th Drive to Colorado Springs via Independence Pass

27th Fly home.

Many thanks for any advice you give

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1. Re: Thoughts on our trip

It sounds pretty exciting to me! While there is a lot of driving, there is a nice chunk of time there in the middle where you will be pretty much in one place.

Be sure to by a National Park pass, $50. It will give you entry into all the National Parks for a year. With your itinerary it will pay for itself.

Also, you'll be going quickly to high elevations. Take all the precautions for avoiding altitude sickness; drink lots of water, avoid alcohol and caffiene until you're acclimated, and take it slow. If you get a headache, take asprin. If your hotel has a humidifier (they usually do in the closet or on request) use it. The air is very dry.

When you are in Aspen, try to visit the Maroon Bells Park. You'll be there at what is likely to be the perfect time for seeing the Aspen at their motlen gold. Independence Pass will be spectacular!

I hope you'll be posting photos!

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2. Re: Thoughts on our trip

Thanks for the tip on the National Park pass, we'll certainly do that. We've tried to plan it the most scenic route, do you think we've achieved that? Any suggestions of a better route? Are there any spectacular sights we must see? The only fixed part of our holiday is our flights.

Again, any advice or suggestions on our route will be much appreciated, we've learnt so much through this website!

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I don't think you could do any better. My only thoughts are with jet lag. It may take you a few days to get used to the time difference so your days in RMNP may be weird. It took me 4 days to get used to a 4 hour time difference recently, but it's up to the individual person. That is a lot of driving, but I think you will have a blast.

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On your way to the Rocky Mt. NP, you may want to stop at :

planetware.com/boulder/celestial-seasonings-…

It's a free tour and the gift shop is very nice. It's in Boulder. Pearl Street also in Boulder, a nice stop - offers diversity in our local art community. Plenty of places to eat and observe the local flavor of the "Boulderites" as they are called. The college students are back for the Fall semester, so Boulder is an upbeat little town.

I live in Arvada and often leave for the day and go to Colorado Springs also. Graden Of the Gods is a great place to see. The Air Force Academy used to give tours. The Olympic Training Center is located there also. Check to see if they still give tours. September is a beautiful time to be in Colorado.

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5. Re: Thoughts on our trip

Many thanks to those who have responded so far, really appreciate you taking the time to do this! Any other comments will be gratefully received!

Yet another question, we are staying our first night near Denver International (not sure where as yet ) trying to decide on most scenic route to RMNP. I've seen suggestions to go via I70/119/72 but then also seen other suggestions via Boulder and Georgetown. No rush to get to RMNP as we're not too sure about jet lag so not planning on doing too much on day 1.

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6. Re: Thoughts on our trip

An easy and scenic route from the airport to Estes Park would be to travel I-25 north to Hwy. 34 west through Loveland. It's less than 90 minutes' drive and takes you through the Big Thompson Canyon, a very scenic route for the last 20 miles before Estes Park. The other route over Hwys. 119 and 72 is very scenic as well (called the "Peak-to-Peak Highway"), but not as easy to get to and you'll see plenty of mountain vistas in the park and other parts of your trip. Another route is I-25 north to Hwy 36 west through Boulder, where you could stop and look around en route to Estes Park. If an easy drive is what you're after, then the first route would be my suggestion.

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7. Re: Thoughts on our trip

I prefer the I-25 to 36 through Boulder, to Georgetown. If you have kids it's less boring. You can break it up and do the Celestial Seasonings Tea tour on your way to Estes. It's a quick tour. Just an idea. Peak to Peak is very scenic - but long and altitude sickness may get the best of you. If you like Casinos - Peak to Peak will put you in the area of a few.

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While at Mt. Rushmore, take the time to watch the movie about the work done to create the park, very interesting and not that long. When in Deadwood, have a drink in the old No. 10 saloon, the spot where Wild Bill Hickok was shot. Too bad you won't be there on a Friday or Saturday, the Silverado has the all you can eat crab & prime rib. Spearfish Canyon is a beautiful drive, with several spots to pull over and view waterfalls, etc. Sheridan has a wonderful downtown with some great little stores.

As you are headed towards Aspen on Hwy 133, make a stop in Redstone. It is a cute little town with art, antiques and you could have lunch by the river. To check for activities that might be happening around town in Aspen, you can check www.Aspentimes.com or go to www.aspensnowmass.com. I would highly recommend a ride up the gondola to the Sundeck. You could have a meal or just a drink and enjoy the unbelievable views.

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Yet again I can't thank everyone enough, you have all been so helpful. You've given me lots of headaches! Trying to plan a route where we see everything is so hard, one last quandry I know can't decide on - I've read a few postings where people have said Garden of the Gods is a must to see, to do this I need to spend an extra night in Colorado Springs - any ideas where we can gain an extra day? I'm thinking possibly giving up on Black Gunnison NP therefore drive to Colorado Springs via Aspen (and Redstone !) on 25th, goodidea or not?

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10. Re: Thoughts on our trip

Hi,

I would take a day (or two) out of the time you are spending in Sheridan/Cody.

Most of that looks really good, lots of time in National Parks, etc. But, if I understand you right you are spending 13/14 in Sheridan and then the 15/16 in Cody? that seems like way too much time to me. I personally wouldn't spend more than two days (maybe even one and 1/2) in Sheridan and Cody combined. Would definitely use that time instead in Colorado. That's my two cents :)

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