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post #1 of 62 Old 7th June 2012, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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North America gathering at Yellowstone, EPIC road trip 2013

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.

[b]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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A little too far for me.

Great idea though!

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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.
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I have gotten a member on another forum that has offered to help. This is a year off so I am not pushing it at the moment. First of the year I will be. Hope we can actually get a good group together.
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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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Just a three state drive for me. Could happen. I don't plan much that far out, but it's a possibility.
No worries. Just use pencil and put in on the calendar so if something comes up you can erase it HAHA.
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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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Just a update to all. I am working out the details for the event and welcome any suggestions or ideas. PM me with them so i can review them all to finish building us a game plan.

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