Big road trip, Need help planingXD

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1. Posted by moland (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

We are a group of 4 people, travling to USA for our 3 th time, this time the trip is going to start in Minneapolis, up to Fargo, North Dakota, then down tow South Dakota, then trough Wyoming, Montana, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona(Grand Canyon), and then to our final destination, Nevada(Las Vegas).

So i am asking you.

What attractions and other special things are there to see on this road trip, call it must see sites;)

any tips, hints and recomandations will be much appreciated

thank you for your time

bye the way sorry for posting twice, wrong subject on the first one

2. Posted by jambo101 (Respected Member 414 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I guess if you are starting from Minneapolis, Mall of America would be a good starting point.

3. Posted by moland (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

i ll put it on the list, thnx;)my girlfriend will be happy about that one, hehe.

just to fill something in about us, the group ages is from 21- 25 years old, from Norway.

our goal for the trip is to have fun and get great memories, we have traveld the route 66 and been to Florida and Key West;

in the years to come we hope to have seen all the states in the USA.

Thanks for any replies.

4. Posted by jambo101 (Respected Member 414 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

You may also want to include Glacier National Park once you get to the mountains..

5. Posted by Ham Radio (Respected Member 286 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

There is a large Norwegian-American community in Minneapolis area, you'll feel right at home.

On your way, do visit the Black Hills of South Dakota (Rapid City area) and see the Mount Rushmore memorial. It is iconic, and recommend you see it mid-morning when the sunlight lights up the monument granite faces.

In Wyoming, Yelowstone National Park and Grand Teton park will show you amazing geographic diversity and wildlife.

Sounds like a fun trip. Enjoy! :)

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5774 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'll second Yellowstone and Grand Teton NP, worth around 3-5 days depending on what you like.

If going south from Oregon, maybe visit Redwood NP along the coast. Further down, San Francisco is a great city. From there head east to Yosemite NP and the Sequoia forests along the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Head east from there to Death Valley. From Death Valley go southeast towards Route 66 and the Grand Canyon. And back north again to Las Vegas.

7. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2015 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I suggest the Snake River & Hell's Canyon Area (where Idaho meets Oregon & Washington) for sheer beauty in the Pacific Northwest. Closer to Portland, the Columbia River Gorge is chock full of spectacular waterfalls - if you don't mind a trek or two.

Oregon and Washington State are also heavy with Norwegian/Americans - I believe most are transplants from the Midwest.

We're loaded with volcanoes in this part of the world (Pacific Rim) and most are in the western parts of these states. (Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams)

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Aug-2010, at 22:11 by Daawgon ]

8. Posted by moland (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

wow, great responses and some very good sitesXD i ll be sure to put them on our to see list.
thanks for all the good responses so far, i hope for many more. and i hope i get some sites who are not well known tourist attractions as well.
like one we found right before The jessie james cavers along route 66, it was a local reptile ranch, where we met the owners of it and sat down with them and drank beer, after a good tour with, snakes,sea turtels,alligators, a lion, 2 tigers, silver foxes and many more,good memory about that place. just an exampel of what i am also looking for;)it was just a awsome place and a good example of the good american hospitalaty;)

Anyways Thank you all for all your reasponses so far, hope to get many more.

I am really looking forward to get back to the states. i am happy that i have a little time to plan the trip, to get the most out of the trip, and we the help from all of you our trip is gonna be awsome. the plane tickets is soon orderd, and so are the car. we will leave Norway the 25 of May 2011. so we have a good time planing this trip.

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Aug-2010, at 03:42 by moland ]

9. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2007 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

In South Dakota, you should stop and see the Badlands National Park, Mount Rushmore, possibly Wind Cave National Park, and the western town of Deadwood.

In Wyoming, visit Yellowstone and Grand Teton (as mentioned)--also the city of Jackson Hole.
(my son stayed at the hotel in this picture back in March)

Visit the Seattle Space Needle, and the Experience Music Project (right at the base of the Space Needle). There is also an alien (like space aliens) museum here.

In Oregon, its all about nature--but I like Crater Lake and the Shakespeare festival in Ashland the best.
(the blue you see in the picture really is the exact color of the lake--it's extremely clean and clear)

California: San Francisco, Redwood National Park, Yosemite, Sequoia, Santa Barbara, Carmel, coast route, Hearst Castle; winery areas of Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, and north of Santa Barbara; Death Valley, San Diego's Mission Bay, Lake Tahoe, and Lassen Volcanic Park (obviously you won't have time for all of these--so try to get to the first seven of these at least)

Arizona--Grand Canyon and Sedona--and, if time, Lake Powell at the Utah border)

Las Vegas--an adventure unto itself


10. Posted by moland (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

that was a lot of tips from one person;)
luckely i have seen some of the places in california before like Death Valley, San Diego's Mission Bay, Lake Tahoe ,San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Carmel, coast route, Hearst Castle. have also seen lake powell, las vegas,and grand canyon before, but these places are definetly worth as secound time.