Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: New Lothrop, MI, USA
planning outwest trip from MI
Im planning a trip out west from Michigan this summer. wanted to know if you guys had some suggestion on best places to go and see and best time to go.
here are my tentative plans ( not real firm yet) :
1-planed to leave around the end of May beginning of June.
2-was going to head to Utah to see the arches national part, Bryce and Zion
3- was thinking of heading to Vegas from there for a nights ( or 2) stay then head up towards yellowstone
4 thought I would stop at the black hills of SD and mount Rushmore on the way back home.
the Wife has agreed to go on this trip , which will require Hotel/Motel stays , was thinking of taking 2 weeks but not sure if thats enough time . dont really plan to spend a lot of time at each place . my main goal is to see a lot of the country I havent seen.
plan to take the LT ( obviously) Im thinking of about 500 to 800 miles a day depending on the location.
first thought was to head towards Denver by mostly slab ( not much between Michigan and Denver to see) then once in the scenic part of CO would focus more on side road ( this is were I need the help)
what I dont know is what are the must see areas and best riding road in the CO and Utah areas. as well what would be the best route from the Zion area to yellowstone. Oh would like to get Beartooth Pass in this trip too .
maybe Im trying to bit off too much in one trip , but dont know that I be able to get the wife on another trip out west . although she does like to ride and has gone on many trips , but not quite this far . we have went to PA, Vermont and Ohio together but this will by far be her biggest trip
for me I have ridden to Wyoming to the BMWMOA rally a couple years ago and have made trips to Kanas City ( for work) , and ridden to the TN area many times.
I know Im rambling on a bit here , but would like any suggestions from the group on places to go and see , routes to take. is end of May OK for snow off he top of the mountains? am I getting into a rainy time? picked end of may thinking that the heat may not be too bad yet. any help or suggestions would help me define my route and plans
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