Thanks to all the advice I got here my family had a lovely trip to SF, Yosemite, Sequoia and LA a couple of years ago.
I'm back to pick your brains on another trip I'm planning with my mother (she's 72 but loves to travel). We'll be on a slight but not tight budget and have about 4 weeks that can be stretched by a few days if need be. We are biased towards scenic routes and natural beauty but aren't averse to any other interesting spots either.
I was thinking of starting end of May/early June. A very rough routing as of now is:
Start in Vegas or Phoenix (which would be better?),
Grand Canyon, approx. 2 days
Zion NP 1 day
Bryce Canyon 1-2 days
Head towards Yellowstone (approx. 5 days) - via Gullison or Teton Park? Would welcome advice here.
Glacier NP (approx. 3 days) (Going-to-the-sun road). Can this be combined with the Centennial Scenic Byway - either approaching or leaving Yellowstone?
Head towards Seattle - either via Spokane or detour to Mt. Helena, Crater Lake.
We'd then like to explore the National Parks and area around Seattle as well.
As you can see it's still a very rough itinerary. I'd really appreciate suggestions on places (to see, stay, eat, drive, hike, whatever) that shouldn't be missed.
I had earlier thought of hiring a small campervan but on second thoughts will probably go for a small SUV.