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Old 03-21-2015, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Westminster, CO
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I will be moving to Westminster, CO from Calgary Alberta in two weeks. I will be towing a U-Haul trailer.

Google Maps shows I have to cross the border at Coutts / Sweet Grass and take I-15 South.
It goes through Great Falls MT, Billings MT, Casper WY, Cheyenne WY, Fort Collins CO, Westminster CO

It is about 16h and 30 minutes drive if you do not stop. I think it is too much to be done in one day towing a trailer and driving unfamiliar roads. I plan on leaving early in the morning from Calgary and driving to Billings MT and stay there for the night and leave next morning for Westminster CO.

I am looking for advice on the route, where to stop for the night, what to watch for, any advice that can help me make this trip safe and enjoyable. Thanks!
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Old 03-21-2015, 10:17 AM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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You did mean I-25, not I-15, right ?
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Old 03-21-2015, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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I would stop in Billings too. I did a similar move from Spokane, WA, and towing a trailer simply adds that much more to the trip that you need to stop at a reasonable point (I drove a cramped cargo van while towing a Uhaul trailer). I pushed it to Kaycee, WY (750 miles from start), and ultimately wished I hadn't.

I stayed in a Motel 6 in Billings once, and it was one of the nicer ones I've stayed in, if that's any consolation. The drive itself will range from absolutely boring to completely stunning, so prepare yourself for that. Also remember that Montana is a huge state, so it will take awhile to cross it. Bring something to listen to, unless you REALLY like country music or religious radio.

Make sure you stop in the bigger cities/towns if you need to eat or get gas, as there will be long stretches without either. I once "chanced it" between Buffalo and Casper, and ran out of gas a few feet into the gas station parking lot in Bar Nunn. If you don't have 100 miles of gas in your tank while passing through a city, stop and get some. The walking around will help too.

Once you enter Colorado, you'll be to Westminster before you know it. The most striking differences you'll encounter by Fort Collins is the traffic, the civilization, and greener farmland.

Welcome to Denver, "The Calgary of the U.S.".
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Old 03-21-2015, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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I think Billings is a good halfway point for a stop.
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Old 03-21-2015, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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You did mean I-25, not I-15, right ?
No, he'll be on I-15 from the border to Great Falls or Butte (his choice).
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Old 03-22-2015, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Prescott Valley, AZ
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You'll fit right in Denver coming from Calgary. Welcome!
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Old 03-22-2015, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Westminster, CO
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Thank you guys!

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Welcome to Denver, "The Calgary of the U.S.".
I think there are many similarities between the two cities too

I will definitely miss Calgary but I am equally excited about moving to Denver.
I hope to make it my home and find new friends here
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Old 03-23-2015, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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Thank you guys!



I think there are many similarities between the two cities too

I will definitely miss Calgary but I am equally excited about moving to Denver.
I hope to make it my home and find new friends here
I have friends who moved from Denver to Calgary a few years ago. They said it's very similar to Denver, just a little colder, and a shorter summer. But then when they came back to Denver last summer, they were complaining about the heat lol!
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Old 03-23-2015, 06:50 PM
 
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Billings is the perfect stopping point. My wife and I have driven from Edmonton (her home) to Denver several times and we always go that exact direction. From Great Falls, we go 87 to 191 to 12 to 3 down into Billings where we usually stop for the night. From Edmonton it took about 20 hours in total or about 11 to Billings. Then the remaining 9 the next day. Since you're coming from Calgary, it should only be about 7-8 to Billings. Once you cross over into WY the rest of the drive is quite boring so make sure you load up on good audio books or music!

My wife loves it here and often calls our winters "balmy" .
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Old 03-24-2015, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Prescott Valley, AZ
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The only thing that Calgary has over Denver is their skyline, its changing drastically. I think their tallest building proposed is the Oxford Place which is 62 stories. Denver needs an update after having the same skyline since 1985, with the exception of a few skyscrapers (four seasons, etc.)

Take a look at the past and future of Calgary's growing skyline
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