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Holiday Planning - USA - ND/SD/MN/IA

Postby cbx4evr » Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:57 pm



We've got some holiday time to plan a trip for in June and don't know where to go. We are heading to Oregon & Washington in August so we are kinda looking eastward but it is unfamiliar territory.

We're wondering what the must see/ride/do spots may be in the eastern parts of ND and SD and the western parts of MN and possibly IA?? We've got about three weeks. Now I know some guys can ride to the tip of South America and back in that time but we're not trying to set any records. It's two up travel and we want to enjoy the sights as well as the ride.

Suggestions??


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Re: Holiday Planning - USA - ND/SD/MN/IA

Postby Dusty Boots » Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:22 pm

Camping, or motels?
Have you been to western ND/SD before?
Not a whole lot of interesting roads/sights in eastern ND/SD/NE/MN/WI/IA :roll: other than the Great River Road, which is choked with towns/cities and could quite possibly be in a flood state at that time of year. Lots of fracking going on in ND as well, so the roads are busy and tore up with all the heavy trucks/equipment, never mind hoarding almost all accommodations in the area for the crews! :x

Have you been/given any thought of south central ID and into southern UT/Northern AZ and NV? Lots to do/see/ride there for three weeks easy!
There's a reason southern UT has 8-9 National Parks/Monuments/Rec Areas! 8-)


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Re: Holiday Planning - USA - ND/SD/MN/IA

Postby cbx4evr » Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:29 pm

We'll be staying in motels. We have been in the Black Hills of SD, done the Beartooth, Chief Joseph, Mt. Rushmore, Devils Tower etc.

I was afraid that heading eastward would be as you described. And even the last time we were in ND a couple of years ago the traffic and roads were busy especially around Williston.

Looks like this may be the year to head to Utah.
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Re: Holiday Planning - USA - ND/SD/MN/IA

Postby themainviking » Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:07 pm

cbx4evr wrote:Looks like this may be the year to head to Utah.


Yeah, that couldn't hurt. It is quite something to see, the south east corner of Utah. Especially if you are willing to hike a bit, but be careful if you do. It is quite easy to get turned around there and it gets pretty cool at night in June. They say this of Utah's Canyon Country:

"Encompassing some 5.2 million acres, Utah's largest county encompasses a wide variety of terrain: shimmering desert, shadowed canyons, towering stone arches, and snowcapped mountain peaks are all an integral part of the landscape. An average of less than two people per square mile live in this pristine area which is home to one National Park, three National Monuments, one National Recreation Area, three designated Recreation Sites, two Native American Tribal Parks, two State Parks, two Wilderness/Primitive Areas, and one National Forest. All these can be accessed easily from the communities in San Juan County where the visitor will find all the necessary amenities." Utah borders three other states in that south east corner - Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona, and the whole area is really worth a visit.

Or you could always go east in Canada, and return by way of the U.S. unless that is, you have already seen the north end of Lake Superior and down around Georgian Bay, Manitoulin Island, continuing around and down or taking the Ferry from Manitoulin to Owen Sound, and on to Sarnia and then into Michigan, north through the Mackinac area, and then follow the roads back west on the south side of Superior. It is a bit long, but one heck of a nice ride. The only downside at all would be the ride through Saskaflat, and if you get near the Qu'Appelle valley, that is nice too. Coming back, a trip through south Sask in the Fir Mountain, Wood Mountain area is pretty great too.


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