Great site! Have been on several roadtrips and just found this site!
We plan on 3 (maybe 4) week trip from Pensacola to Yellowstone starting in early May and ending before Memorial Day.
This is my longest endeavor yet and and the first time we've been to this part of the US, so I need some handholding as I develop this trip. There are 2 of us and we are driving a car and plan on staying at hotels along the way. Want to stay at moderately clean and safe places (think Holiday Inn Express) as we're not "spring chickens" (nor wealthy spring chickens). We also would like to drive no more than 5-6 hours at a time.
This is what I would like:
2 overnights in St Louis, MO (Gateway Arch/Busch Beer Tour/Grant Farm)
2 overnights in Omaha, NE (Laundry and break before long haul)
Visit Deadwood, SD
Visit Mt Rushmore & Crazy Horse SD
3 Overnights Yellowstone NP
Return back home.
Here's what I need help with:
Thinking of making the long trip from Rushmore to Yellowstone "area" in one night and stay in a budget place within an hour or so drive to Yellowstone. Then get up and do a full day at Yellowstone and check in to accommodations (yet to be determined) so we don't "waste" the first night stay at the higher-priced lodging in/near the park.
Any trips/tips/lodging suggestions for the places I mentioned?
Weather considerations for traveling that way in early-mid May
Any suggestions for stops on a return trip (taking a different route home). (Heading back down through Colorado, OK, KS -- we've already "done" AR & MS)?
What about a quick stop at Tetons, NP? What about a float trip in the Tetons? Recommendations?
I would love to come back through Utah and hit Bryce/Zion etc., but think that will be too hard to sell to hubby based on the length of this trip already. I'll maybe make that next year doing a fly/drive out of SLC.
Thanks in advance for any help, suggestions and tips.