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THE ultimate road trip!!!!

I know this friend

And he's thinking of taking a looooooong riding trip. Basically the trip of a lifetime to take care of a few major bucket list items.

Let's say this friend wants to visit the following:

- Rt 66 (museum in OK)
- Million Dollar Highway in CO
- Beartooth Highway
- Yellowstone Falls
- Glacier National Park
- Pacific Coast Highway from WA to CA (stop at Thor's Well in OR)
- Sequoia NP
- Meteor Crater in AZ
- Arches, Bryce Canyon, Zion NPs in Utah
- North end of Grand Canyon
- Ozarks in Arkansas

How much time & $$ you think is needed for this road trip of a lifetime!!!

Looking forward to your replies!!!
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I don't have the foggiest idea of how much time & $$ this trip will be but one thing I do know and that is that it is the ultimate road trip. A Bucket List item for sure for sure.
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If this friend of yours is coming from the east coast, it will take a minimum of 5-6 weeks if he wants to maintain a pace of 350-500 miles per day. It took Greg and I nine days to go from WA to LA on 101 & the PCH, with a 2-day detour to Yosemite. Didn't stay in any one place for too long.

It took me another nine days to go from southern MT down to the Southwest, again keeping the sightseeing somewhat simple.

Will probably cost at least $7-8k all in (fuel, lodging, food), plus maintenance along the way (oil change, maybe tires).

I have plenty of recommendations for accommodations from both trips. PM me or call me if you want another five cents.
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Several weeks I would assume. I rode PCH the length of CA, north and south and took nine days. 2 nights in SF the rest were one night stays. Took me 12 days from Houston to CO, Rocky Mtn NP round trip to include Million Dollar Hwy, Royal Gorge, Durango, 3000 miles. 300 miles or so per day. 4 days each way and 3-1/2 days local riding at the destination.

Figure about $100 per day for lodging, food, fuel. Plug in some rest days where there is no riding. You'll need it.
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16 days from Seattle and back for our Utah trip. 2 days down, two days back, but scenic two lanes for all 4300 miles except for the first 40 and the last 40 close to home. 300 miles a day average with three 2 day same motel days, These were in Hatch between Zion and Bryce, in Cortez for Million Dollar and Mesa Verde and MOAB for Arches and Canyonlands. The mileage average includes first and last days over 400 miles. From your list.
- Million Dollar Highway in CO
- Arches, Bryce Canyon, Zion NPs in Utah
- North end of Grand Canyon
- Plus Mesa Verde, 4 corners, Monument Valley, Flaming Gorge, Grand Tetons.

7 days for this trip 270 mile daily average. From your list.
- Beartooth Highway
- Yellowstone Falls, Lamar valley, old faithful, Roosevelt, Mammoth springs etc
- Glacier National Park
- Plus Lolo Pass, Craters of the Moon, Red Lodge and oh, so much more.

I have done Fortuna to Astoria in 5 comfortable days.
- Pacific Coast Highway from WA to CA (stop at Thor's Well in OR)
- Plus Redwoods. Continue around Olympic Peninsula is great ride. Actually, some of the best rides in the West are the ones connecting the Pacific Coast Hwy with Idaho and the Rockies.

For the 16 day Utah loop last year, we averaged $ 50.00 a night for rooms, $ 50.00 a couple for food and $ 20.00 a day for whisky and Red wine, except when it was 105F, then it was Gin and Tonic with lime. Having a place with a pool or hot tub was great when Utah hit 105F by 1. Ride early, be resting before 3.

Usually, we budget $ 100 a night for two up in a room, $ 50.00 for two eating and $ 25.00 for liquid refreshment. Get a senior NP pass.

There are so many great roads. Part of the decision that has to be made is when to take a more direct route and when to hit every mountain pass and river bend. We do the latter, so the miles add up, but at 45-55 average, we get the best rides without the wear and tear of beating a path somewhere.
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My friend told me last night it took 5 days for him and his girl to ride the PCH in Cali. with a car. They weren't in any kind of hurry but what did he say, something like 1200 mi.? I forget.
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Does this friend want to focus on riding or on seeing the sites? Last year, we drove (bought a car in Phoenix) from Phoenix to Grand Canyon to Mt. Zion/Bryce to (Idaho Falls) Yellowstone National Park (Cody, Wy and back to the park) through Grand Tetons, back through Colorado (2 days) and then, home. Took us 8 days. Basically, we looked at one stop in the daylight and I drove to the next destination in the late afternoon/evening each day. It was a brutal trip as the one that couldn't take naps. We did about 50/50 for freeway vs. highway but at night, I was more interested in getting there since I couldn't see any sites in the dark.

$100 per night for hotel/usually breakfast included, sandwiches/chips/fruit/drinks for lunch at about $6-8 per day, dinner $40.00 per night - plus gas. You can figure gas based on miles you will travel - we had gone about 3,600 miles - so, about 100 gallons of gas, maybe 115.

I put the hammer down when driving. Yes, there was triple digits in some places. We saw incredible sites and had a great time. We plan to take our son to Yellowstone and Glacier this summer - with a slightly more relaxed driving schedule.

If you want to see the sites as you ride, work in some great riding roads and take a leisurely pace - it will take a lot of time. I saw a lot of roads that had me wishing I had my bike - oh man! We saw some places we would have liked to spend a day in or more but had to keep going.

If you haven't been to Yellowstone, you need at least 2 days there...at least. Speed limit is low and monitored in the park (and the park is so busy, you can't really speed through there anyways - when we were there).
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Sounds like a pipe dream. What you guys been smokin'?
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Is this another ultimate demo ride from Hell???? Tell your friend to wait for me in 5 years when I'm totally retired....Did from my hometown of Oceanside, Ca. (San Diego) to British Columbia and back in the 70's on a KZ1000....Yes Beez, plenty of piping going on....2weeks tops....That's stopping at key places of interest....Let's ride....
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Oh, I forgot, your friend will also need to factor in park admissions as applicable.
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