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Road Trip Suggestions - Devils Tower Wyoming to Boulder CO

kbh811 Jul 8, 2009 05:21 PM

Hi All! I would love to have some input. My brother and Dad are about to embark on a semi-cross country road trip starting in NYC and ending in Wichita, KS (with many stops along the way).

Any suggestions for the eighth leg of their trip from Devils Tower Wyoming to Boulder CO ? They are open to anything. They are traveling by way of US 14 to US 16 to US 85 to US 87S.

They are adventurous eaters who like local mom & pop places and regional foods.

The next leg of the trip is from Boulder CO to Denver CO (he's thinking of relocating) so if you have suggestions for that keep an eye out for the post on that board :) Thanks so much!!

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    ClaireWalter RE: kbh811 Jul 9, 2009 09:56 AM

    With all due respect, Colorado is not "along the way" between NYC and Kansas. I have to assume that it's because they want to see sites that require a detour.

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      kbh811 RE: ClaireWalter Jul 13, 2009 08:24 PM

      As I mentioned in the original post my brother is considering relocating from NYC to the Boulder area and decided to take a detour to visit the area on the way to Wichita. He has never been there before and I volunteered to try and find him some interesting local spots along the way.

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        ClaireWalter RE: kbh811 Jul 14, 2009 06:29 AM

        I hope their food expectations are modest. Newcastle, Redbird and Lusk, Wyoming, are not known for thei cuisine. Even Cheyenne, WY's largest city, doesn't offer too much. The restaurant in the Plains Hotel is pretty and has decent food. From there, it's just an hour or so to Fort Collins and from there, less than an hour to Longmont, which is NE of Boulder. US 87 is actually also Interstate 25 -- 4-lane, limited access and lots of truck traffic. Th, right off Exit 254e most iconic place right off the freeway is a truck stop called Johnson's Corner. Originally out in the country, it is now surrounded by rapid suburbanization. To fit into better to the squeaky clean surroundings, J.C. has been cleaned up, renovated and lost a lot of funkiness. It's famous for its gut-busting cinnamon rolls.

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          ClaireWalter RE: ClaireWalter Jul 15, 2009 07:05 AM

          Coincidentally, today's Denver Post food section has a piece about an old-style BBQ/burger/broasted chicken place in Lusk that the reporter recommends. See http://www.denverpost.com/food/ci_128.... I have only driven through Lusk once and confess that I was not tempted to stop.

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            mrbigshotno.1 RE: ClaireWalter Jul 15, 2009 05:32 PM

            Your talking about 75% of the towns in WY!

          2. re: ClaireWalter
            Lael RE: ClaireWalter Aug 26, 2009 04:06 PM

            Hi Claire, Are there any restaurants in Redbird at all? I'm looking for a place halfway between Spearfish and Guernsey to just sit down with a family and have lunch. Know of anything?

            1. re: Lael
              ClaireWalter RE: Lael Aug 30, 2009 08:58 AM

              Lael - Not that I know of, but then again, I don't go to eastern Wyoming very often (at least not north of Cheyenne).

      2. e_bone RE: kbh811 Jul 15, 2009 04:09 PM

        *someone* has to say it:

        A place that serves mashed potatoes???

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