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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 ***8220;central***8221; 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 ***8211; Drive to West Yellowstone for base camp (drive solo or in group)
June 10th ***8211; 12th, 2013 ***8211; 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 ***8211; Check out and travel to see the Grand Tetons.
June 13th, 2013 ***8211; Check into Jackson Wyoming
June 14th, 2013 ***8211; 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.











Forums this is posted on. Info is the same across all of them:
http://www.ferrarilife.com/forums/f...america-gathering-yellowstone.html#post199263

http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?p=3205545#post3205545

http://www.6speedonline.com/forums/...wstone-epic-road-trip-2013-a.html#post3562767

http://www.xbimmers.com/forums/showthread.php?p=12113565#post12113565

http://www.northamericanmotoring.co...wstone-epic-road-trip-2013-a.html#post3526626

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?p=12113576#post12113576

http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?p=12113551#post12113551

http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...wstone-epic-road-trip-2013-a.html#post2335756

http://www.zpost.com/forums/showthread.php?p=12113030#post12113030

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?p=24480486#post24480486

http://www.e30tech.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1311366#post1311366

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?p=12113016#post12113016

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6882052#post6882052

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?p=14466676#post14466676

http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?p=1065566872#post1065566872
 

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You'll have fun, we just got back. Don't expect any high-speed fun in the park...great curvy roads but low speed limits and lot's of traffic. When in Jackson might I suggest the Antler's Motel? Old 50's place nicely preserved, right downtown and $98/night. Be sure and eat/drink at the Silver Dollar Bar in the old hotel.
 

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You'll have fun, we just got back. Don't expect any high-speed fun in the park...great curvy roads but low speed limits and lot's of traffic. When in Jackson might I suggest the Antler's Motel? Old 50's place nicely preserved, right downtown and $98/night. Be sure and eat/drink at the Silver Dollar Bar in the old hotel.
Cool thanks for the info. We will see how it goes. Already getting flack from people on the other threads. UG.
 

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The main problem with going "in season" is when you get stuck behind a 3-mile-long caravan of Winnebagos that`s averaging around 12 mph....
 

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The main problem with going "in season" is when you get stuck behind a 3-mile-long caravan of Winnebagos that`s averaging around 12 mph....
I did not expect to be blasting around the park that much. Maybe when things were light have a little fun but for the most part I know it will be crusing.
 

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We went in mid May a couple years ago. That time of year you can drive 20 minutes without seeing another car. But you don't want to speed in that park, too many 2 ton animals crossing the road. :)

We loved the Tetons even more than Yellowstone, and the roads in the Jackson area are super smooth, I'd rather do a drive in that area. Awesome restaurants in Jackson too.

Couple photos from our trip:
Lamar Valley, Yellowstone


I shot this from the window of a moving car, with my wife driving:


Teton National Park
 

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Wish I lived closer or I was getting my next care sooner, that looks like a blast. I will be going there when I drive back with my next car as like you mentioned its on my bucket list :)
 

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Wish I lived closer or I was getting my next care sooner, that looks like a blast. I will be going there when I drive back with my next car as like you mentioned its on my bucket list :)
This is a drive for 2013. What car are you saving for that will take a year to get?
 

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My bucket list isnt that specific I have been looking at 308 gts's (cheap), 355's etc. When Im ready to pull the trigger on it theres a dealer in nevada I will be going thru so I figured Id do a nice road trip in the process.
 

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Just be ready for the maintenance cost on those. Anything pre F360 is a lot to keep running. My driving buddy has a 355 Vert and the it is at the shop a lot for normal maintenance and the usual aging issues. If you knew about all that already then sorry to be a repeat. Good luck and share pics
 

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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. http://www.beartoothhighway.com/roadMaps/index.html 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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My ZHP would love to see old faithful. I'd probably get attacked by a grizzly.
 

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Four days in not enough. There is so much more to see in the surrounding area. Made three trips through the park in the 70's. :thumbup:
Been there and would give anything to go back. :rofl:
 
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