|Re: advice needed to visit USA|
Message #31 Posted by Eric Rechlin on 5 Sept 2010, 2:12 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Patrice
A lot of people have suggested things that are nowhere near the route you will be taking, but if you're going to be going to the Rapid City area anyway (and presumably Badlands National Park), you could go a little bit farther west and see Devils Tower just across the border in Wyoming.
If you're willing to go out of your way and travel farther south, I second the suggestion of Pikes Peak, and if you keep going south you might want to see Great Sand Dunes and Mesa Verde, but by the time you are at Mesa Verde you're halfway to the Grand Canyon, and might as well keep on going (but that will be hard to properly do in just a couple weeks).
If you're serious about making it out to Bozeman, definitely go a bit farther north to Glacier, and then go back into Canada so you can see Banff, Jasper, and Yoho. But doing all that would probably have to be done separately from the above paragraph -- you simply don't have enough time.
But thinking about your route and what you have listed, most of those are right on your way and are no-brainers. Bozeman and Rapid City are the only ones that are not, but Rapid City isn't that far out of the way (maybe even stop by the corn palace in Mitchell on your way there!), and Bozeman would make sense if you are planning a northern loop on your return trip.