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    Proposed route across the US from E-W; thoughts / comments requested.

    US Dubbers, seeking your advice and knowledge here.

    I'm an Aussie who's hoping to be able to ride through the states for a few months (visa interview tomorrow). Said Aussie hasn't really done any research.

    Here's my proposed route:



    The route is pretty much based on the fact that we want to get west to see the northern Andes, and it's really hot in July so we'll stay as far north as we can, and might duck into Canada, as long as that's a simple process in terms of bureaucracy.

    Starting in early/mid July in NY, finish Oct-Nov. Slow bikes on backroads, aiming to camp 5-6 nights a week (limits city stays).

    So, how's the route? Any 'must sees'? Can anyone suggest a reason to change the route?

    Thanks.
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    volcanoes, redwood trees, the pacific ocean, yosemite, i'd suggest getting to washington, oregon and california, but that's just being a western boy born and breed.

    btw do you mean the rockies? ....the andes are a few miles further south.
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    I would have to ride through California

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    I know you are going to touch Vermont right after leaving NY. I think it would be a shame to not spend a week touring through VT, NH and up through the coast and across the northern interior of Maine. I live in the NY Catskills mountains and when we go for vacations we always head north to Maine. Lobsters along the coast and wildlife through the interior with one of the prettiest roads called the Golden Road that takes you east to west and back through northern NY. The Golden road is about 120 miles of hard packed gravel and privately owned by the lumber companies but it is loaded with Moose and just about every other rarely seen animal in the US. The last time we were there it cost $8 to drive the road and we are going back shortly after you leave NY to drive it again.

    Excellent plan to stay north for your ride west at this time of year! We can only dream of taking the trip you guys are doing but the country along the northern boarder of the US and Canada is probably the most scenic route you will ever ride. Sad to say though, even with a few months you don't have enough time to see it all. The national parks out west are drop dead gorgeous and don't miss Moab, UT.

    We all hope you will post your ride report right here and a few of us can't wait to meet up with you next week.

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    I recommend going through Glacier National Park on Going To The Sun Road when you're in Montana. Stick with camping in the campgrounds when in that area, as there are plenty of Grizzly Bears.
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    The National Park system showcases tremendous national beauty. A annual pass offers unlimited entries for not much money. Western ones I would really recommend areUtah state's Arches, Zion, &/or Bryce Canyon for sculpted sandstone, Arizona's Grand Canyon(North Rim). Yosemite is awesome,then north via pacific coast. Montana's Glacial park's Going to the Sun road will give lifelong memories as well as any rockies destination.
    East of the Rockies others can guide you.
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    Just be prepared for days of travel on flat endless (boring) roads in a few of those states. Maybe some folks in in those states can chime in on the best route through their state.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingVolcano View Post
    Just be prepared for days of travel on flat endless (boring) roads in a few of those states. Maybe some folks in in those states can chime in on the best route through their state.
    You got that right King! There are a couple states in this route they will wish they could highlight and hit the delete button. I have done a lot of this on all three routes North was by far the nicest, Central was the most boring and the south was the hottest.

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    I would be more tempted to do what Gary says and head to Canada early to see the North Side of Lake Superior. Then drop back down into the States in Montana. You can hit the Idaho back country discovery routes and then many more in the Western states.

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    Ride through Las Vegas at night. See hoover dam on the way into Arizona.
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