Great Horned Owl said:It depends on what you mean by see them. If you just want to drive by, it might be possible. If you really want to get out and see them, no way.
SC to Grand Canyon 3 days
Grand Canyon to Mt. Rushmore 3 days
Mt. Rushmore to Badlands 1/2 day
Badlands to SC 3 days
That leaves you 1/2 day to see everything.
beaverfever said:it takes "for ever" just to cross Texas and you are still not to Arizona. you will not be able to enjoy yourselves on a rush trip like this .pick one destination and add a week to you itinerary.
Utclmjmpr said:You have no idea how huge the "west" really is
Utclmjmpr said:folks from the "east" come here for the first time and marvel at all the raw and empty territory that HAVE NO PEOPLE ON IT!.
Ranch access exits are quite plentiful in the west, and are much as you describe. There are also exits (no services) to decent two lane roads (county roads or even state highways) that may go 5, 10, 20 miles or more to some small town.Joezeppy said:...
My favorite example of this was the "exits" on I-90 (in SD and/or MT, IIRC) that immediately turned into dirt roads that went off into the sunset with no visible buildings or other signs of life. My guess was oil fields or ranches.
Larry N. said:Ranch access exits are quite plentiful in the west, and are much as you describe. There are also exits (no services) to decent two lane roads (county roads or even state highways) that may go 5, 10, 20 miles or more to some small town.
A good example of distance vs people is that the Denver metro area has a greater population (2.9 million) than Wyoming (579,315) and Montana (1.05 million) combined, yet is spread out more than many eastern cities of greater population (the rest of Colorado is a couple more million). Except for Las Vegas and Albuquerque, Nevada and New Mexico are similarly light in population -- even Arizona, disregarding Phoenix to Tuscon, is light on population. Yet any ONE of these states covers more area than several New England states combined. Denver to Phoenix is a 16 hour drive.
Wyoming north to south is 276 miles, and is 365 east/west (roads are longer). It's nearly 500 miles east/west across northern Montana.