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As the cold and nasty weather begin to take hold, it's time to think about 2019. Another Gold Winger and I will be riding from Ontario Canada through MI, WI, MN, IA, SD and MT into Western Canada in May 2019. Tentatively something like this --> https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/44.0420115,-77.7375245/SD-87,+South+Dakota+57730,+USA/Mt+Rushmore+National+Memorial,+South+Dakota+244,+Keystone,+SD,+USA/Silver+Gate,+Cooke+City-Silver+Gate,+MT,+USA/Sweetgrass,+MT,+USA/@44.9437559,-103.8390448,5z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m28!4m27!1m1!4e1!1m5!1m1!1s0x877d2d6c36973909:0x9d0b36324328c4fa!2m2!1d-103.487765!2d43.572974!1m5!1m1!1s0x877d35d8b53ed6df:0xdaf53dbe055cc641!2m2!1d-103.4590667!2d43.8791025!1m5!1m1!1s0x534e54586db448d7:0x87499f74bcfa5917!2m2!1d-109.9896287!2d45.006884!1m5!1m1!1s0x536be248f2ae9581:0x19f7265005f0cc02!2m2!1d-111.9675751!2d48.9961099!3e0


I rode this a few years ago (eastbound, not westbound), and loved it. Two highlights that particularly stood for me were Beartooth Pass (MT) and Needles Highway/Mt. Rushmore (Central Hills Loop) (SD). Other notable mentions were Going To The Sun Road (MT), and Kickapoo River Valley (WI).


There are two things we especially like when riding - (1) challenging (i.e., twisty) roads, and (2) great, out-of-the-way, funky, non-chain, once-in-a-lifetime, must experience, unusual, memorable, mom & pop eateries - restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, etc. And we are certainly open to any other must see attractions or vistas or museums or whatever.


So for the above-mentioned states (MI, WI, MN, IA, SD and MT), what are your recommendations? (At the risk of multiple postings, I've put this post in each state forum as well as the general message board).


As always, TIA!!
 

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I can't speak to the other states, but in Montana, the Going to the Sun Road, in Glacier National Park, is a must. They don't start plowing the snow off until early April, so sometime in the Summer is your best bet. Further South in Bozeman, Montana, are the Bozeman Hot Springs Spa and Fitness, attached to the KOA camp ground. These geothermal pools are awesome for soaking away the miles from a long ride. If you're up for a little walking, there's the Lewis and Clark Caverns, which are a short ride from Three Forks Campground. The tour is amazing. There's the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, not visually super impressive, but very historic as it's the site of Custer's Last Stand. I'm sure there's more.
 
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If you're able to go a bit farther, the ride over Lolo pass and along Hwy 12 in Idaho, to Orofino, is stunning. Go to the Konkoville Motel, not very expensive and for $16.95 they offer a "cook it yourself" steak diner. You'll have to let them know you want the steak when you make reservations, as they buy them that day. The steaks are huge, and they provide a salad and baked potato with it.
 
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Hey Paul,
I've lived in MI, WI, and MN (grew up there). Check these out:

Ride the Ludington=Manitowoc ferry across Lake Michigan. I personally would not ride a MC via the southern (Chicago) route, but I'm a chicken.
See the Sleeping Bear Dunes in Western Michigan; you jump forward about 3 feet and drop about 15. Fun.

Taylor's Fall rec area in Western Wisconsin supposedly has some of the most challenging rock faces in the world, and it's a nice place to camp if that's what you're doing. The Wisconsin Dells are a tourist Trap.

If you stick with the southern route in MN, consider a drive by of the Mayo Clinic, just to say you've seen it. That area along the MN Mississippi is very beautiful. Otherwise southern MN is pretty much boring flat farmland.

Into the Dakotas, drive by the Corn Palace in Mitchell (IIRC), stop at Wall Drug, and of course, consider Mt. Rushmore. I think you pay a fee to cross an Indian reservation out that way but it's worth it compared to driving around.

PM me if you want details on anything else.
Tim/
 
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Almost forgot, the Montana Auto Museum in Deer Lodge, the Piccadilly Museum of Transportation and World Museum of Mining, both in Butte. Butte also being the home and final resting place of Evil Knievel.
 
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