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Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Driving to the High Mountains from Michigan on 08/28/2011 08:43:31 MDT Print View

Hi folks,

I plan to make some trips from Michigan to the Rockies and the North Eastern Mountains and had some questions.

1. Is it doable in Winter with a decent AWD car or is it better to fly.
2. Do the highways get badly congested during the summer.
2. Any suggestions of historic or interesting places to stop along the way.


I am currently living in Belgium (from SW Ireland) so I am used to driving long distance to get to the Mountains and putting up with lunatics on the roads. I would have 9-10 days in total for the trips.

Thanks,

Stephen

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Driving to the High Mountains from Michigan on 08/28/2011 10:24:22 MDT Print View

Detroit. MI to Denver, CO (where you're not yet in the mountains) is 1,270 miles (2,044 km), 19 hours' driving time assuming excellent driving conditions and not including any stops. You can get this information from Mapquest or Google.

Watch the weather forecasts carefully. We do have blizzards in winter which sometimes close highways for many hours, or at least force you to drive well below the speed limit.

In other words, flying is a far better idea!

Although not as spectacular as the Rockies, Michigan has plenty of downhill and nordic skiing and interesting places to backpack.

Edited by hikinggranny on 08/28/2011 10:31:49 MDT.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Thanks Mary on 08/28/2011 10:41:04 MDT Print View

Hi Mary,

Thanks for the advice, it does sound like flying in the winter would be a better option.

I forgot to mention in my original post that I would be looking to do these trips in Summer and shoulder seasons also.


Thanks,

Stephen

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Driving to the High Mountains from Michigan on 08/28/2011 11:09:29 MDT Print View

Two words - Southwest Airlines.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Thanks Joe on 08/28/2011 11:14:24 MDT Print View

Hi Joe,

Thanks for that, I do intend to fly at times but I would like to drive to see some of the US.

Thanks,

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Thanks Joe on 08/28/2011 11:16:56 MDT Print View

Thanks

John Whynot
(jdw01776)

Locale: Southeast Texas
Re: Driving to the High Mountains from Michigan on 08/28/2011 11:41:46 MDT Print View

The one downside to flying into Denver -- car rentals are expensive, unless you can find a deal...

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Car Rentals on 08/28/2011 11:48:09 MDT Print View

Hi,

I hear you on that, I presume Public transport is sparse.

Cheers,

John Whynot
(jdw01776)

Locale: Southeast Texas
Re: Car Rentals on 08/28/2011 12:17:43 MDT Print View

There are various shuttles from the Denver airport to popular areas -- I've just never quite figured out to make that option work for me. I also like the flexibility of having a vehicle...

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Shuttles on 08/28/2011 12:25:50 MDT Print View

Sounds good to me.

I was in Denver a few years ago and loved it.

Leigh Baker
(leighb) - F

Locale: Northeast Texas Pineywoods
public transportation in Denver on 08/28/2011 13:56:45 MDT Print View

Actually, it's not really too bad. You can take the SkyRide from the airport into various parts of town, then hop an RTA bus to just about anywhere.Bus schedules are online. When my brother was alive he lived downtown, I never rented a car, the SkyRide took me straight from the airport to his front door. If you were to get to the west side of town, I'd suspect rentals would be more reasonable. Just a thought, and I'm sure some who live there now could better advise. Just curious, what part of MI?

Edited by leighb on 08/28/2011 13:58:13 MDT.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Hi Leigh on 08/28/2011 15:01:58 MDT Print View

Hi Leigh,

Thanks for the info. When I was in Denver I used the airport shuttle which was not very expensive, I was only their for a day or so en route to a conference in Big Sky but I did get a days tour around up in to Rockies.

I be moving to the Bay City\Midland area.

Cheers,

Stephen