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Corn Palace, Mitchel SD(see history / display)
Wall drug, worthwhile tourist trap
Steak in Hill City, SD at old hotel
stay at Main Street Manor Hostel in Lead
Take back road from LEAD to Spearfish and eat at Junction.
Nice outdoor museum at Spearfish
Steak in Story, WY
Sherdian to Lovell via Bighorn Scenic Byway
MUST DO !!! Yellowstone via Beartooth Highway - Wyoming
Drive see Yellowstone VERY EARLY AM, lunchtime and early evening (less traffic, more wildlife)
See Tetons and take a float trip from Jackson Dam to Jackson Hole.
Virginia City, MT,
over 12 into ID, Kendrick and Moscow, ID
Take a detour to Palouse Falls, WA.
Take SR 14 on WA side to Stone Hedge / Maryhill
Petroglyphs at Horse Thief State Park WA (good camping, just before The Dalles Bridge)
Cross to I-84. Stop at Columbia Gorge Interp center (west of The Dalles)
Hood River, has plenty of coffee and brew pubs.
Stop at Bonneville Dam for Hatchery, gardens, visitors center.
get on Scenic Highway west bound. (BEFORE coming on trip...watch PBS / OPB special on Sam Hill road designer, built this road to optimize scenery)
Eat at Multnohmah Falls Lodge (very good fare for fair price)
When in Portland
See international Rose gardens in Pennisula and Washington Parks.
Crystal Springs Garden (Rhodies, nice evening spot)
Go to coast (1 hr) and see Ecola @ Cannon Beach and Hug Point State parks. For driftwood beach make a loop through Twin Rocks, Tillamook for cheese and IceCream (good museums).