My wife has never been " Out West ". So next year ( End of June 2023 ) We will be going from Northern Lower Michigan through the lower U.P. to Menominee MI. Then to the Menominee Indian Reservation for a brief stop as we continue west to Mount Rushmore. Next will be Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Canyon, Pikes Peak, back up to Deadwood and then return home. We are looking at 5,000 miles on the XCT. This will be a long and expensive trip but you only live once and we are not getting any younger. Estimating being gone 3 weeks or more. Has anyone done this or have suggestions? My 2013 XCT has less than 11,000 miles with new tires, brakes etc. Should be no worries for my Victory.
...we've done twice...first time went from Houghton lake, MI up to UP and took route 2 across to Washington, then down along ocean till Northern CA. Turned east and hit all those you listed. (3 weeks, 6700 miles)
2 years later, at wife's request, we did again. But, went south to Natchez Trace, till end, and thru La, TX, AR, NM and back to a few, again on your list. And back home. (30 days, 8400 miles).
1. Save more $$ if have to, take the 1 hour helicopter ride around Grand Canyon. You'll see all and it's beautiful. We did both times there.
2. In Colorado check out the Million Dollar HWY. There's a loop that starts at north end we took, parts scary, about 4 inches shoulder, no guard rail, and WAY down. I think only time in 39 years of my wife riding with me she was scared. Views are beautiful.
3. On way home, both times, we went to Manitowoc, WI, and took ferry across to Ludington, MI. Both times got a stateroom, nice to relax...(NOTE: only added a few waves to trip 😁)
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