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Hello all,

I posted a thread the 1 series and M3 forums to gauge peoples interest on actually driving their car on a road trip. As expected a mix bag of replies but I figured what the heck, start a thread and begin planning.

If you have never been to Yellowstone, this is one of those bucket list items. Therefore, no hemming and hawing about going just do it, as you will have a blast. You bought the car to drive it, so drive it. (sorry had to throw in a soap box moment as there will be post here saying that is too far for me to drive. Just watch ;-)

I would like to ask the forum admins to leave this here if possible to see if we can actually pull a group together.

To make life easy I would say use Bimmerforums as the “central” post spot for groups to arrange caravans. I will be posting this to all the major BMW forums and a few none BMW ones. Please feel free to copy this over to threads as I only hit what I linked below.

Here is an idea of the dates and game plan for everyone:[/b[

June 9th, 2013 – Drive to West Yellowstone for base camp (drive solo or in group)
June 10th – 12th, 2013 – See Yellowstone park (if you have a time crunch 2 days is the MINUM need to see most of the highlights in the park.)
June 13th, 2013 – Check out and travel to see the Grand Tetons.
June 13th, 2013 – Check into Jackson Wyoming
June 14th, 2013 – Travel home

This is a year out so some there is time to flesh out some things. I already have the places to stay in mind but 1 year out for booking is a bit much. I would will work on group rates on lodging as we get closer to the event.

Here are some sample images of the visit my wife and I did in 2011 in our 2006 E90.











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Great place for a meet up. I worked there in the summer of 1974 and had the time of my life. Catch some Cutthroat trout in the lake, build a fire, eat and watch the Milky Way go past at night. That is a good time to go also. Will still have snow in the mountains and the main tourist crunch doesn't start for a week or so after.
You bought the car to drive it, so drive it.
I don't know why people hesitate on driving trips. It's a car. It was designed to roll down the highway safely and securely. If something happens fix it or grab your BWM CCA member book and give the closest person a call for some help.
 

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Just a three state drive for me. Could happen. I don't plan much that far out, but it's a possibility.
 

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Yellowstone is a must see! The Beast is a highway warrior for sure but you might be better served in an AWD. As I recall some roads can get muddy depending on time of day/season, the bisons were as tall as our Jeep (a rental).
 

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I've made the drive through Yellowstone in my M5 before when driving from California to Minnesota. It's a very cool place. Driving out from the East Entrance Road on the north fork highways is fantastic. Great bends through the mountains, and possibly one of my favorite drives in the country.

I also was in the neighborhood this past winter, when some friends from MN and I took the beast out to Jackson Hole for some skiing around the New Year. That was another great drive, and the beast performed admirably during the 6000 mile road trip.

For anyone that hasn't been out to this area of the country before, I highly recommend it!
 

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We have thought about taking a drive out west. this is way to early to know if we could go. plus that is right around the same time as Timmayfest which is a must do event. July would be a better month to do a trip like this, at least for us.
 

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I wanted to bump the threads as well as get some update everyone on the feedback I have gotten.

  1. Recommendation to drive through beartooth pass. This would a full day of driving there and back but looks like it is well worth it. Welcome to the Beartooth Highway in Montana & Wyoming for more information about the drive.
  2. Spend only 1 day in Yellowstone hitting the major sites. I am working on a photo-opp at Old Faithful but this is a long shot. If we are able to pull, it off there may be a cost in order to secure event insurance, which fingers crossed, will allow us to have the shoot. If not we will find another park venue.
  3. Spend two days in the Grand Tetons as a group seeing the sights.

That is the current update on planning. Dates are still being figured out as we are trying to be in and out of all the areas before the crowds. Mid / Late June still looks to be the target date as this will avoid the major crowds.

I will post again once I have some more updates.
 

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While I am by no means a travel agent, I wouldn't recommend Old Faithful as the best photo-op for cars. Even if you can secure the lot by Hamilton Store, there are trees obscuring geysers (though you'll see the plumes).

In no particular order, you might instead scout out the Grant area with Mammoth Springs in the background, or the pull-offs south of Canyons ending at Grizzly Overlook. In Tetons, there are 3 scenic overlooks (with lots) having mountain-range backdrops on Hwy 89 between Snake River Overlook and Mormon Row. Inside GTNP, the two spots I recall are a scenic overlook just south of Spalding Bay Rd, and a riverfront lot on the north side of Jackson Dam (pictured).

The best advice: get up early and drive around. Light- and crowd conditions are not ideal beyond noon.

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That sounds like an incredible trip. I've always wanted to visit Yellowstone! Definitely marking it as a maybe and we'll see how it goes as it nears.
 

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mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--> Just wanted to bump the thread and let everyone know I should have the full details for this event in the next few weeks. I have been getting feedback from people as well as trying to find the right balance for people that have been to this area before and people who have not.

Stay tuned
 

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Funny, I'm flying out there tomorrow

Taking the family camping out in yellowstone starting tomorrow. If I see any good photo op spots I'll try and remember to post up a couple shots. Unfortunately no M out there for me this time.... das boat rental yukon here we come.
 

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Have e39 M5,will travel.

Will def consider.

Long haul from Dallas but could pit stop in Creed Colorado at my sisters place going and coming home.

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