Hello. neat little forum here.
I am moving from Ottawa, Ontario to Victoria, BC in the middle of March. I've driven Canada too many times, so am going via the US. I'll have my 75-year old Dad with me, who is fully up to moderate hiking, etc (couple hours a day no problem).
I'm leaving Ottawa late on Wednesday 15 Mar, staying in Toronto area that night, driving two full days to vicintiy of Kadoka, SD arriving Friday night, hiking in Badlands National Park and then driving around the Black Hills on Saturday, hopefully catching the Needles Scenic Drive before it gets dark Saturday. So...Wednesday to Saturday is planned.
On the other end, I'm staying with a friend in Vancouver Tuesday 21 March before hopping the ferry the next morning. Monday night I'll stay in leavenworth, Washington, a Bavarian-style reconstructed village a couple hours east of Seattle. Tacky, I know, but my Dad's Bavarian - he'll get a kick.
So all I need to plan is where I stay Saturday night, and my route to Leavenworth on Sunday and Monday. I've considered:
Yellowstone (weather and the best roads aren't open yet)
Glacier Nat Park (road probably not open in March)
Bitteroot Valey (hear it's wonderful)
Jackson, Wy (cowboy town? Grand Tetons?)
Craterrs of the Moon (are they really that neat?)
I can take the lesser roads through Wyoming, or take the Interstate through Montana, it doesn't matter much. But I am interested in anyoen who might have recommendations on which route to drive and what towns/cities might be nice to stay in during March, considering I'm looking specifically at the Black Hills to Leavenworth, Wa leg. Any comments on the above locations/drives greatly appreciated as well.
If I am trying to cram too much into Sun/Mon, I may be able to squeeze an extra day out, if it's worth it.
All advice appreciated.