Westward Trip- Coming Summer 2014- 10 more states

a trip by 50 States Before They Graduate
From: August 1st 2014
Until: August 16th 2014
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August 1st 2014

This is our second roadtrip in our 50 states before they graduate adventure. My kids will be 11, 10 and 8 years old on this trip. Our goal is to travel from Michigan to Montana/Wyoming and back hitting 10 more states. We are very excited. We have not stopped talking about our East Coast trip last year. You can read about it on this blog. I am in the planning stages now mapping out our general stops and making reservations where needed. Yellowstone and Mt. Rushmore areas fill up quickly.
Speaking of making reservations and things filling up, I was trying to make a reservation in Rapid City so we could visit the monuments and natural wonders. Nothing was available online. So I called a hotel. The woman asked me what was bringing us there. After I replied, she said, "Do you know that the Sturgis...something or other ... is going on." I didn't hear what she said but agreed. She sounded funny but I ignored it hoping she'd say she has a room. Oh, she did...for $500+ a night. What?! So I got off the phone and started researching events going on in Sturgis at that time. Holy rolling close call. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is going on. I will post a picture. Needless to say, I rerouted our trip to miss the roaring thunder of motorcycles and other goodies I would prefer my kids didn't learn about yet. I'm guessing we will enjoy our share of motorcycle parades through Yellowstone and the surrounding landmarks. I'm planning our route and using Roadtrippers.com to find activities, landmarks and natural wonders along the way. We are months away but I am finding it hard to book things even now in March and we aren't going until August. I was warned about that.
I will post periodically as my planning progresses. If you are reading this, feel free to leave me comments about places you've been that we might be able to visit on this trip. Thanks for reading.
Trip Length: 2 weeks
Blog Entries: 17
Photos: 265
Words: 12216

Blog Entries

Date Blog Title Location
August 1st 2014 Van-is-a-Gogh North America » United States » Michigan » Birmingham
August 3rd 2014 Flipside of Lake Michigan North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago
August 3rd 2014 AnaconDells North America » United States » Wisconsin » Wisconsin Dells
August 4th 2014 Mommy Meltdown Day North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis
August 5th 2014 10,000 Lakes and a Mall North America » United States » North Dakota » Fargo
August 6th 2014 Crossing the Prairie North America » United States » North Dakota » Medora
August 7th 2014 Medorable North America » United States » North Dakota » Medora
August 8th 2014 Big Sky Montana North America » United States » Montana » Billings
August 9th 2014 Gateway to Heaven on Earth North America » United States » Montana » Gardiner
August 10th 2014 Paddle a Horse Up the River North America » United States » Montana » Gardiner
August 10th 2014 White Water Rafting Pix North America » United States » Montana » Gardiner
August 11th 2014 Boiling River North America » United States » Montana » Gardiner
August 12th 2014 Yee-haw! North America » United States » Wyoming » Cody
August 13th 2014 Made a Splash in Rapid City North America » United States » South Dakota » Rapid City
August 14th 2014 Outrun a Twister North America » United States » South Dakota » Rapid City
August 15th 2014 Change of Plans North America » United States » Iowa » Davenport
August 16th 2014 Homeward Bound North America » United States » Indiana » South Bend
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