My wife and I are in the U.S. for March and April this year. It is pretty much a once in a lifetime trip for us, where we are trying to do many of the typical touristy things as well as spending a decent amount of time in certain areas. One of our must-sees is Yellowstone National Park, and we would also love to see Mt Rushmore if possible. At this stage the time we have allocated for these areas is 23rd - 29th April 2011. The weather during this time has really upset our plans (in the North Island of New Zealand where we are from, the weather almost never gets bad enough to interrupt travel plans!). Our Travel Agent has reccommended we fly into an airport i can't remember the name of in Montana (we will be coming from Chicago), hire an RV and drive into Yellowstone through the Northern Entrance (apparantly this is the only entrance open at this time). At this stage she hasn't got us going to Mt. Rushmore.
So my questions are:
-Are we going to be able to enjoy Yellowstone at this time of year? (we love the outdoors, but are not experienced in harsh conditions/wild animals/skiing etc.)
-How will we get around the Park? (are the roads open to drive to key attractions/areas?)
-Is it worth going to Mt. Rushmore (and badlands area etc.) as well, given our time constraints?
-Can we drive to Mt. Rushmore from yellowstone in a rental car, or will the snow/roads prevent this? (if yes, how long will it take and which route is reccommended?)
-Is an RV our best option? (it looks like all the onsite accommodation is closed at this time of year, but what about staying somewhere close to the park and driving in and out each day).
-Is it better (or even possible) to drive to Yellowstone/Mt. Rushmore from California, as we will be there mid March (this month!!) and can re-arrange our trip to accomodate this if it is reccommended.
-Is there anything else you would reccomend for this leg of our journey?
Sorry for such a big first post and so many questions!
Thanks in advance,