Dear Fellow Travellers,
I'm planning a 14-15 days roadtrip next summer (just enjoying the scenery) and would appreciate all your kind advice if my itinerary is good (not too hectic) and how best to cut off 2 days from below itinerary without missing too much:
Day 1. Arrive in Denver (from Germany)
Day 2. Denver - Estes Park 70 miles / 112 km
Day 3. Estes Park - Cheyenne 85 miles / 136 km
Day 4. Cheyenne-Rapid City 310 miles / 496 km
Explore Badlands, Custer NP, Mt Rushmore, Blackhills from here.
Q1 : Should I stay in different hotels to explore these places or stay put.
Q2 : If staying put is a better alternative, is Rapid City a good choice? Someone said Deadwood is lovely (more western town, more authentic).
Day 5. Exploring above
Day 6. Rapid City - Deadwood - Devil's Tower - Little Big Horn Battlefield - Sheridan
Q3 : Is this drive too stressful? I don't know the mileage between each nor total mileage for Day 6's tour.
Q4 : If not Sheridan, where would be best to lay down for the night before continuing to Cody and onward to Yellowstone NP.
Day 7. Sheridan - Cody 200 miles / 320 km
Day 8. Cody - Yellowstone NP 100 miles / 160 km
Day 9. Yellowstone NP
Q5 : Where is a nice place to stay?
Day 10. Yellowstone NP - Grand Teton (stay in Jackson Hole)
Q6 : Mileage???
Day 11. Grand Teton
Day 12. Grand Teton - Salt Lake City
Day 13 Salt Lake City
Day 14. ???
Day 15. ??? - Denver
Day 16. Denver - Frankfurt
Day 17. Arrive home
Thank you in advance. I appreciate all help I can get. Last year I did a 14 days roadtrip Phoenix, Az - Apache Trail - Holbrook - Painted Desert - Hubbel's Trading Post - Canyon de Chelly - Mesa Verde - Mexican Hat - Canyon (?) - Kodachrome - Zion - Bryce - Grand Canyon North & South Rim (2 nites) - Monument Valley - Sedona (2 nights) - Phoenix. It was a brilliant trip - not overtaxing for me at all and I got to see everything I wanted to without rushing.