How We Toured the West in 6 Weeks!

We get a lot of questions about our skoolie adventures, and many people express something to the tune of, “We’ve always thought about doing that!”  Below you can see where we went, when, and approximate drive times for each leg of the journey.  

While stay-at-home orders and widespread business closures prevent us from traveling at the moment, it can’t hurt to dream and plan for when things reopen.  When this does happen, road trips will be safer than plane trips for awhile, so I hope we inspire someone to just go for it when the time is right! 

*All drive times May 24 – June 22 are skoolie drive times, which takes about 1.5 times the Google estimate.  All drive times June 23 – July 3 are typical car drive times.

Day 1, May 24

  • Drive Time:  approx. 7.5 hours (in a skoolie…a skoolie requires about 1.5 times Google estimate)
  • Location Stayed:  parking lot outside Milwaukee, WI
  • Traveled from Anderson, IN to Milwaukee, WI

Day 2, May 25 

  • Drive Time:  approx. 2.5 hours
  • Location Stayed:  Bailey’s Grove Travel Park in Bailey’s Harbor, WI.
  • Traveled from  Milwaukee, WI to Bailey’s Harbor, WI. Explored Sister Bay and hiked Peninsula State Park.

Day 3, May 26

  • Location Stayed:  Bailey’s Grove Travel Park in Bailey’s Harbor, WI.
  • Visited Cana Island Lighthouse and explored Bailey’s Harbor and Sister Bay area.

Day 4, May 27

  • Drive Time:  approx. 9 hours, 45 min
  • Location Stayed: parking lot near Mall of America
  • Traveled from Bailey’s Harbor, WI to Bloomington, MN. Explored Mall of America for a few hours before closing time.

Day 5, May 28

  • Drive Time:  approx. 13.5 hours
  • Location Stayed:  Whispering Winds Cottages and Campsites in Rapid City, SD
  • Traveled from Minneapolis, MN to Rapid City, South Dakota.

Day 6, May 29

  • Location Stayed:  Whispering Winds Cottages and Campsites in Rapid City, SD
  • Stayed in Black Hills of South Dakota. Visited Crazy Horse Memorial and hiked Mount Rushmore.

Day 7, May 30

  • Location Stayed:  Whispering Winds Cottages and Campsites in Rapid City, SD
  • Stayed in Black Hills of South Dakota. Enjoyed area activities – CandyLand, mini-golf, laundry, etc…

Day 8, May 31

  • Drive Time:  approx. 5 hours, 15 min
  • Location Stayed:  friends in Sheridan, WY
  • Traveled from Rapid City, South Dakota to Sheridan, WY. Enjoyed dinner with friends.

Day 9, June 1

  • Location Stayed:  friends in Sheridan, WY
  • Stayed in Sheridan, WY region. Visited remote cabin and hiked.

Day 10, June 2

  • Drive Time:  approx. 6 hours 
  • Location Stayed: parking lot in Bozeman, MT
  • Enjoyed meals and church together with friends. Traveled from Sheridan, WY to Bozeman, MT. (Bozeman was a little out of the way, but they had a CVS!)

Day 11, June 3

  • Drive Time:  approx. 4.5 hours
  • Location Stayed:  Mountainside KOA in West Yellowstone, MT
  • Traveled from Bozeman, MT to West Yellowstone, MT by way of Livingston and Mammoth Hot Springs.  Explored Mammoth Hot Springs and the Northwest portion of Yellowstone National Park.

Day 12, June 4

  • Location Stayed:  Mountainside KOA in West Yellowstone, MT
  • Visited Old Faithful and hiked in Yellowstone National Park.

Day 13, June 5

  • Drive Time:  Felt like forever without a guard rail!
  • Location Stayed: parking lot in Missoula, MT
  • Traveled from West Yellowstone, MT to Missoula, MT by way of Mt. Washburn in Yellowstone National Park.  Observed Yellowstone National Park from elevated views of the mountain road.  Kept driving until we reached Missoula because we found we were ready for some time in a city after days of wilderness adventures.

Day 14, June 6

  • Location Stayed: different parking lot in Missoula, MT
  • Enjoyed a day and Evening in Missoula, complete with outdoor music, food trucks, a distillery, and Liquid Planet.

Day 15, June 7

  • Drive Time: approx. 3 hours, 45 minutes
  • Location Stayed: Glacier National Park
  • Drove, hiked, and enjoyed Glacier National Park.

Day 16, June 8

  • Location Stayed: Glacier National Park
  • Hiked and enjoyed Glacier National Park

Day 17, June 9

  • Drive Time: approx. 8 hours
  • Location Stayed: parking lot in Spokane, Washington
  • Walked around Spokane and watched a movie in a mall.  Nothing notable here (sorry, Spokane) – just a place to park and rest before another long day of driving…a bus.

Day 18, June 10

  • Drive Time: approx. 6.5 hours.
  • Location Stayed: friends in Seattle, WA
  • Spent an evening with friends

Day 19, June 11

  • Location Stayed: friends in Seattle, WA
  • Explored Seattle and spent time with friends

Day 20, June 12

  • Drive Time: approx. 4.5 hours
  • Location Stayed: parking lot outside of Portland, OR 
  • Visited a friend in Bellevue, WA and explored the Botanical Gardens. Headed to Portland, OR and ate dinner in downtown Portland.

Day 21, June 13

  • Drive Time: approx. 2.5 hours
  • Location Stayed: Three Rivers Casino parking lot in Coos Bay, OR.
  • Explored Portland, OR, complete with VooDoo Donuts and Powell’s City of Books, the largest used and new bookstore in the world. Headed south toward Eugene, OR.

Day 22, June 14

  • Approx. Travel Time: 7 hours
  • Location Stayed: Crescent Bayside RV Park
  • Said goodbye to our beloved pup, Zoe. Took in the sites along US 101.  

Day 23, June 15

  • Drive Time: approx. 2.5 hours
  • Location Stayed: Bear River Casino parking lot in Loleta, CA
  • Explored the Crescent Bay and Redwood National Forests

Day 24, June 16

  • Drive Time: approx. 6 hours
  • Location Stayed: H. Dana Bowers Memorial Vista (parking lot before entrance to Golden Gate Bridge)
  • Explored the Russian River.

Day 25, June 17

  • Drive Time: approx. 6 hours
  • Location Stayed: Sequoia Resort & RV Park in Badger, CA
  • Spent the afternoon & evening exploring the beauty of the remote campsite.

Day 26, June 18

  • Location Stayed: Sequoia Resort & RV Park in Badger, CA
  • Hiked and explored Sequoia National Park

Day 27, June 19

  • Drive Time: approx. 6 hours
  • Location Stayed: Castaic Lake RV Park in Castaic, CA
  • Enjoyed campsites and found amazing taco trucks.

Day 28, June 20

  • Location Stayed: Castaic Lake RV Park in Castaic, CA
  • Explored Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal Studios.

Day 29, June 21

  • Location Stayed: Castaic Lake RV Park in Castaic, CA
  • Explored Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal Studios.

Day 30, June 22

  • Drive Time: approx. 50 minutes
  • Location Stayed: Extended Stay America in Simi Valley, CA (pet-friendly)
  • Picked up rental vehicle, cleaned bus, transferred bus to friends and enjoyed dinner together.

Day 31, June 23

  • Drive Time: approx. 1 hour
  • Location Stayed: Extended Stay America in Long Beach, CA (pet-friendly)
  • Lunch with friends in Long Beach.  Had so much fun we decided to stay until the next day, enjoying a local brewery in the evening and brunch on the water the next morning.

Day 32, June 24

  • Drive Time: approx. 7 hours
  • Location Stayed: friends’ house in Flagstaff, AZ
  • Brunch in Long Beach, traveled historic Route 66, chill evening in Flagstaff

Day 33, June 25

  • Location Stayed: friends’ house in Flagstaff, AZ
  • Hiked Walnut Canyon, dinner with friends, 

Day 34, June 26

  • Location Stayed: friends’ house in Flagstaff, AZ
  • Andrew and Alister hiked Grand Canyon to Plateau Point and back, Leslie and Aidan enjoyed a down day in Flagstaff

Day 35, June 27

  • Drive Time: approx. 5.5 hours
  • Location Stayed: Eldorado Hotel & Spa in Santa Fe, NM (pet-friendly)
  • Enjoyed an evening of outdoor music and good food in Santa Fe, NM

Day 26, June 28

  • Location Stayed: Eldorado Hotel & Spa in Santa Fe, NM (pet-friendly)
  • Explored Santa Fe, NM

Day 27, June 29

  • Drive Time: approx. 5 hours
  • Location Stayed: Drury Inn & Suites in Colorado Springs, CO (pet-friendly)
  • Traveled from Santa Fe, NM to Colorado Springs, CO. Visited the Taos Pueblo, one of the longest continuously inhabited sites in the Americas, dinner with friends in Colorado Springs

Day 28, June 30

  • Location Stayed: Drury Inn & Suites in Colorado Springs, CO (pet-friendly)
  • Hiked Garden of the Gods, followed by a meal with a friend. 

Day 29, July 1

  • Drive Time: approx. 8 hours, 45 min
  • Location Stayed: Stoney Creek Hotel in Lee’s Summit, MO (pet-friendly)
  • Traveled from Colorado Springs, CO to Lee’s Summit, MO.  

Day 30, July 2

  • Drive Time: approx. 3 hours, 45 min
  • Location Stayed: Drury Inn & Suites in St. Louis, MO (pet-friendly)
  • Enjoyed breakfast with friend in Lee’s Summit.  Traveled from Lee’s Summit, MO to St. Louis, MO. Explored St. Louis and the arch in the afternoon & evening.

Day 31, July 3

  • Drive Time: approx. 8.5 hours
  • Location Stayed: Home
  • Traveled from St. Louis, MO to Muncie, IN

 

 

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