Hi everyone - first time on here so apologies if this query has come up before.
We are planning a 4 week trip next summer over the summer hols as we have a wedding to go to in Montana at the end of July. However I have never been to America and my boyfriend has only been there once but did very little. Therefore we have a lot of high expectations about the sorts of things we wish to do. We plan to camp for the majority of the trip.
Obviously in 4 weeks we can't do everything but we have come up with a couple of itineraries and as yet cannot make a decision about the best one to go for. Perhaps someone has done similar trips before and could give us a bit of advice of how to plan it :)
Option 1 - National Parks only
Fly into Calgary (I know its Canada but with direct flights from Manchester....) and then head onto Glacier. After Glacier we make our way to Helena for the wedding. 4-5 days in Montana in and around Helena. Next stop Yellowstone for 4-5 days - sightseeing and hiking maybe even backcountry camping. After this we can head onto Grand Tetons and then a quick visit to Craters of the Moon on our way to Sawtooth and Hells Canyon and back into Montana. We would then head back up to Calgary for flight home.
Option 2 - National Parks and San Francisco
Fly into Salt Lake City and go direct to Yellowstone via Grand Tetons for shorter stay in the parks before wedding. 3-4 days in Montana with a trip up to Glacier afterwards. After Glacier we would head west to Crater Lake and Redwood NP to get on Highway 1 down to San Fran. Looking to spend a few days exploring and then fly out of San.
Option 3 - San Francisco and NPs
Similar to option 2 but instead we do San Fran first for longer and then get an internal flight over to Montana for the wedding. This leaves us with approx 2 1/2 wks to explore Grand Tetons, Yellowstone and Glacier.
Sorry this has turned into a bit of an epic but we really do want to cram a lot of stuff into what is increasingly a short space of time!!
Thanks for reading and hopefully you can help us out a little :)