Hi everyone! I've lurked for a while, and everyone here seems very knowledgable about road-tripping. I'm in the process of planning an 18-day road trip for just my husband and myself. My major problem is that I won't know exact dates until my husband can bid on his vacation weeks at work in late April. Obviously, his company has no experience in trying to plan big summer road trips, or they'd move their bidding process to January! ;) So, this trip could take place anytime between late May and late September.
At this point, I have an itinerary with estimated driving times and sight-seeing times (if anyone's interested, I'll post the itinerary), and I'm working on finding possible campgrounds and hotels. We plan to do some tent camping and some nights in budget-friendly hotels. I'm learning that not all the campgrounds I'm looking at offer reservations for sites, which makes me (the person who always has a plan in advance!) super nervous.
-the Mitten View campground in Monument Valley
-the Sunset campground at Bryce Canyon (minimal sites available to reserve - I'm afraid these will be booked up before I have dates ready to book)
-all the campgrounds in Grand Teton
-the campgrounds in the Badlands
I've read that the Badlands campgrounds "rarely fill" and that Gros Ventre and Colter Bay in Grand Teton fill late in the day, if at all. Is this true? And does anyone have experience getting campsites at Monument Valley and/or Bryce Canyon? We're looking at arriving at all of these places in mid-late afternoon. If these places fill, any suggestions for nearby campgrounds that might have sites available when we arrive?
Also, any tips or info on the following, reservable campgrounds would be great (along with any alternative, nearby campgrounds in case these are filled by the time I get to make reservations):
-Morefield campground at Mesa Verde
-any of the campgrounds in Custer State Park, SD - Sylvan Lake looks especially interesting to me
Has anyone ever had trouble getting reservations for any of these campgrounds?
I know I'll have a hundred other questions to ask, so I'll stop here for now! Thanks in advance for any suggestions and tips.