My Wife and 2 kids ( 10 and 15 ) will be heading out on a 15 day road trip ( June 27 thru July 12th ) to Yosemite National Park ( our longest road trip and vacation ever ). I have plans on taking them to Pikes Peak on the way. We will be driving a car and pulling a small pop up camper ( sleeps 5 ). Our basic plans are to stop at Pikes Peak on the way, then Y N P and then home. Other than the 15 days we don't have a set schedule yet. We are trying to hold the budget to $2500-$4000 for the trip. I estimate 5000 miles round trip. We are trying to find places / sites to see and things to do on the trip.
Is there anything that you would recommend for us see or do?
Any campgrounds that you would recommend?
Any tips that might help make the drive smoother? ( I ask because of a teenager in the car. lol )
Will we have enough time to do the trip?
Thanks for any Input that will help.
Just for refference:
Last year we went to Mount Rushmoore, Wal Drug, Corn Palace, and the Mall of America and had a blast, but we didn't camp at all ( 6 day trip ). This year we are trying to camp as much as possible. My wife and kids have never seen much wild animals ( bears, buffalo, elk, ect ). I have been to Yellowstone a couple times ( 15+ years ago ), and Pikes Peak 1 time over 30 years ago.