I am new to the forum but have already gotten a lot of good information from the website - Thanks!
My husband and 2 children will be taking an 8 week road trip this summer, with this itinerary in mind:
Seattle, leaving around June 20
Craters of the Moon
Great Sand Dunes
We then visit friends and family in Ohio, Virginia, Philadelphia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine.
We then start the return trip going through the Adirondacks.
More family visits in Buffalo, Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Glacier Nat Park
Back to Seattle no later than Aug 15
We are tentatively planning on the following timelines:
Seattle to Great Sand Dunes portion of the trip in about 10 days.
Badlands back to Seattle in about 10 days.
Everything in the middle will take up the rest of the time with a lot of family visits.
We plan on camping, staying in motels and staying with friends and family. I am wondering how difficult it will be to find campsites at the major national parks and wonder if we should make reservations at any particular places. I have noticed that many do not take reservations, and wondered what time we should arrive at the campground to ensure we'll have a place to stay. My husband is a bit leery of making too many reservations since he wants some flexibility on this trip to add a day or subtract a day depending on how much we like a particular area. I assume it will be more difficult to find a site on the weekends.
Also, will we have any problems finding vacant motels in any of these areas?
We will probably stay 1-2 nights at most of the National Parks and we are trying to keep our daily mileage to 300 miles or less with a few days of 400 miles.