Hi, we will be flying into the usa in just 4 weeks. We are a family of 6, 2 adults and four kids aged 8, 6 and and a half year old twins.
This will be my 2nd time in the usa and canada and my family's first time.
Our kids are good travellers and used to travelling up to 8 hrs in a day (visiting family out of town).
This is our plan....
Day 1 - arrive in los angeles/anaheim 12.30pm accomodation REST
Day 2 - disneyland if we feel up to it today, if not rest
Day 3 - disney;and if we didnt do it yesterday, or head to the beach/shop
Day 4 - Taxi to santa fe springs and pick up motor home at 10am, drive 2 hrs to barstow
day 5 - Big drive to grand canyon, stay at mather
day 6 - grand canyon
day 7 - drive to monument valley , photography
day 8 - drive to moab
day 9 - moab quad bike rental
day 10 - drive to pinedale WY
day 11 - Pinedale mountain man museum in morning then drive to jackson/stay gros ventre
day 12 - explore jackson, then so covered wagon cookout in evening
day 13 - drive to cody via grand tetons/thru yellowstone (will be coming back here later)
day 14 - cody - meet up with friends from australia,buffalo bill museum, indian pow wow
day 15 - cody - friends - night rodeo - old trail town
day 16 - big drive to custer SD stay at blue bell
day 17 - custer - wind cave, wild life loop
day 18 - custer
day 19 - stay rapid city, mount rushmore, maybe boothill mine over at deadwood
day 20 -drive to hettinger ND
day 21 - hettinger - meet up with old host family from hettinger for party
day 22 - big drive to livingston MT
day 23 - bozeman - grizzly bear encounter in am, then drive on to yellowstone madison campground
day 24 - yellowstone
day 25 - yellowstone
day 26 - yellowstone
day 27 - yellowstone
day 28 - head north - drive as far as we can that day toward banff canada - no bookings yet, but hoping to get near black diamond.
day 29 - drive to banff
day 30 - banff
day 31 - drive to drumheller
day 32 - drumheller dinosaur museum
day 33 - drive to calgary
day 34 - first day of calgary stampede
day 35 - drive to glacier np...no bookings yet
day 36 - drive to chilliwack - no bookings yet
day 37 - drive to bellingham WA drop off rv motel accom booked
day 38 - fly to la
day 39 - universal studios if we feel up to it, or just some outlet shopping and visit lego shop
day 40 -fly out la that night back to sydney
most of our campgrounds abd accom is booked except for where mentioned. The last leg of the trip is crammed as i have some specific places to be on specifi dates like hettinger and calgary and cody that cant be changed.
I would love some ideas for any small things, day trips, routes, places to avoid, things to do nearby , driving conditions, shopping,
any help would be appreciated concerning the parts where i dont yet have accom like from yellowstone to towards banff...i wanted to get to black diamond in one big drive (is it like 10hrs) but only for the reason of not having 2 days back to back of big drives. if i can get to black diamond it will only be like a 2-3 hrs drive to banff, is that right?
we are also going back to front and going banff, drumheller, then calgary then west, but this is because calgary doesnt start till the 8th and by doing this i could get in a few days at banff and drumheller for the museum.double tracking, but getting to see more than just doing day trips out of calgary, i dont fanct too much driving in the city , especially if we can avoid 5 days of driving in and out of calgary for day trips...have i donr the right thing here?
next, leaving calgary on the 9th july heading west to drop off rv by the 11th....some miles here...was thinking of breaking it up like this leave calgary - stay glacier waterton np - leave and drive to chilliwack stay there - leave and drive to bellingham drop off times for rv between 8 and 11 am. Is the drive from chilliwack to bellingam going to be cutting to close to be dropping off by 11 am at the lastest- early start. any other suggestions for these few days of the trip?
your help is most appreciated.
There are a few days of big drives, and we are constantly moving every few days, but we like to be busy and seeing things. Is this ok for an active on the go family?