We're planning a trip to Yellowstone and need some help with the route from Yellowstone to Seattle.
We arrive in Billings on June 10 morning and head to Red Lodge where we will stay the next day also to hike (maybe to Black Canyon Lake if it's not too tough).
We are in Yellowstone from June 12-16 and then in Grand Tetons Park from June 16-18.
We have booked a campsite at Canyon Village (2 nights), have a room at Grant Village (2 nights) and Old Faithful Inn (1 night).
Haven't booked anything in Grand Tetons as we plan to get to one of the campsites, probably Lizard Creek, early. One problem is that we can't carry our camping gear other than tent and sleeping bags, so was wondering if we'll be able to manage at the campsite with nothing to cook on/with? Has anyone had a similar experience?
We want to reach Seattle by about June 26 as we'll want a few days around there before flying off on June 30.
So we have about 8 days (we can take a day off Tetons and add it here if need be). I'm having problems deciding on which route to take from Yellowstone to Seattle. I'd prefer going via Craters of the Moon NM to Ketchum/Sun Valley and working our way up going west through Bend, Century Drive (Route 372), Cascades Lake Scenic Byway and then via The Dalles (wineries) and along Mt. Rainier to Seattle. The question is, do we have enough time to do this in a leisurely way and is the fairly long drive from Ketchum to Bend (via Boise along US 20W I presume?) worth it in terms of interesting places/scenic routes?
Any suggestions for this route and also for stops along the way?
The other option is to go north from Ketchum towards Orofino, Lewiston, Walla Walla, Mt. Rainier, Seattle. Here again there is choice of either taking 95N near Ketchum to Orofino and Lewiston, or 93N to Lolo and then 12W to Orofino. Again, any suggestions here?
Of the two, which would be the more interesting/scenic option? I know it's hard to answer that question for someone else as preferences vary. We like quieter roads, small interesting towns/villages to stop, scenic views (though with fewer curves as one of us can get car sick if the road is too winding), and even big towns if they have atmosphere.
Also, which is the best way to get to Ketchum from Yellowstone? Google Maps suggests via Idaho Falls using US 191/26, then west on US 20 past Craters of the Moon and north on US 75 to Ketchum. Is that the best route?
Thanks for your help!