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travel Suggestions Requested 13 years 11 months ago #1129

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In a week or so, I am headed to the Great Plains area for about three months. Will be visiting most of the states listed in this section of the website. Altho, we have no definate plan, I will probably end up in Ohio before turning back to home state of TX.

If any members have any favorite places, things to do, or events to attend in the region, please suggest it.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Travel Suggestions Requested 13 years 11 months ago #1142

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Be sure to do the Black Hills of SD and Badlands National Park (one of my favorites).

There is also a national park in ND which was the ranch home of Teddy Roosevelt and includes the ND Badlands. I have never been there, but it is on my list.
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Re: Travel Suggestions Requested 13 years 11 months ago #1145

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If you are going to be in SD be sure to stop at Wall Drug at "Wall" SD. the entire town is an experience. We were there a few years ago about the time that "Sturgis" was getting ready for their annual rally. Wow, nothing but wall to wall bikers. I was quite a trip.

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Re: Travel Suggestions Requested 13 years 11 months ago #1146

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What area of Ohio were you thinking of ending up in? I live in Ohio, may be able to give you some suggestions of things to see if you like.

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Re: Travel Suggestions Requested 13 years 11 months ago #1147

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What area of Ohio were you thinking of ending up in? I live in Ohio, may be able to give you some suggestions of things to see if you like.


I don't think Ohio is in the Great Plains - no matter how flat it is. ;)
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Re: Travel Suggestions Requested 13 years 11 months ago #1148

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cdros/frank> Thanks for the N and SD info. But I got a call last night from some retired friends who would like to hook up with us this summer, so have a change of plans. Now headed to OH via I-35 and then east bound in IA.

Twokuhns> Been to Dayton once, but that's the extent of my Ohio experience. Definately would appreciate some info on Ohio. I'm hoping for some cooler weather too. Not too fond of the 105 degree TX summers.

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Re: Travel Suggestions Requested 13 years 10 months ago #1171

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If you are coming north on I-35, coming out of Baja Oklahoma, you might want to spend a little time here in the Sooner State. Oklahoma City has completely revamped their downtown area, turing the old warehouse district into a tourist/entertainment area, called Bricktown, complete with canal. What used to be a very wide river that had to be mowed for lack of water is now the Oklahoma River with great water activities. (Three dams have turned this into a great area.)

The National Western Heritage and Cowboy Hall (formerly the Cowboy Hall of Fame) is a great place to spend a whole day. In that part of town also are the Firefighters Museum, Omniplex (science museum), and a fabulous zoo.

The major attraction in Oklahoma City is the Bombing Memorial and musuem. This is on the site where the Murrah Federal Building stood before Timothy McVeigh and friends blew it up. They have done a tremendous job down there and the museum is huge. They also have put in the National Terrorist Reserch Center there.
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Re: Travel Suggestions Requested 13 years 10 months ago #1176

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oldchief> Yes, I'm headed up I-35 from central TX.

Prior to your post, I had browsed a tourist guide for OK and Bricktown was in it. We'll put it and the cowboy museum on the list.

I used to be stationed at Ft Sill many moons ago. I do remember that there is nothing in the state of OK to block the wind. ;)

From OK, I am headed to Wisconsin. I noticed that the most direct route is the turnpike. Is that a toll road? If so, are there any alternatives to getting thru the state without having to pay tolls

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I tried responding earlier but it is not showing up so this might get posted twice. The answer is no, or maybe.

We go to Duluth, Minnesota every other year, where my wife is from. We go straight up I-35 to Wichita, KS, and then take the Kansas Turnpike (I-35) to Emporium and then angle over to Kansas City.

If you take I-44 across northeast Oklahoma and then across Missouri to St Louis it will be hard to avoid the turnpikes. Oklahoma now has more miles of toll road than any other state. I-44 from OKC to the Missouri state line is all toll road. From OKC to Tulsa is the Turner Turnpike. From Tulsa to state line is Will Rogers Turnpike. The charge is per axle. A two axle vehicle (either a car or a motorhome) is $3.50 for each turnpike. If you are towing it is considered one vehicle so the cost goes up. For me driving the coach and pulling the towed it is four axles and the cost is $8.00 for each turnpike.

The only alternative is to take old Route 66. It runs parralell to I-44 but is two lane and goes through all the small towns. It is a nice drive if you have the time. On I-44 it is about a six hour drive from OKC to state line at 65 mph.

oldchief> Yes, I'm headed up I-35 from central TX.


From OK, I am headed to Wisconsin. I noticed that the most direct route is the turnpike. Is that a toll road? If so, are there any alternatives to getting thru the state without having to pay tolls

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