Hi fellow roadtripping folks,
We're planning on heading back to the states - as yet dates not finalised (depending on airfares) but am hoping to pick your brains on intended (very loose at this stage) route for late August / early September (the alternative is July 2012) and probably travelling for 19/20 days.
We are 4 adults and a teenager at at present thinking about hiring an RV. We are most likely going to be flying in to Denver and (due to one way drop fees) probably flying out of there too. So we want to do a loup and definately want to hit Yellowstone and possibly the Grand Canyon via Hoover Dam. We are first of all interested in seeing some spectacular scenery, and also very much interested in travelling to areas of historical Native American / pioneer significance - such as the Big Horn area. We also have to factor in some fishing - any advice on good spots and how to go about getting licences / information would be very much appreciated (My dad and brother live and breathe fishing here in Ireland so this is a really important part of the trip). We won't be able to bring gear with us - can it be hired or do you think we will have to hire a guide - we're going to be on a budget and a quick look on the internet indicates guide hiring isn't cheap - any suggestions?
We really don't want to be driving for more than 3 hours a day if at all possible as we'd like to be getting out and looking around a bit. A bit of hiking would be good too and maybe some canoeing / kayaking?
I've done a rough map on google and the main points are as follows:
Denver International Airport > Scotts Bluff, NE
Scotts Bluff > Big Horn, WY (via Fort Laramie, WY)
Big Horn > Hardin, MT / Billings, MT
Hardin, MT / Billings, MT > Yellowstone NP - through Gardiner at this stage
Yellowstone > Grand Teton NP, Jackson, WY
Now it gets sketchy... From Grand Teton to Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam > Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon > Lake Powell
Lake Powell > Monument Valley / Four Corners
And back to Denver.
Questions: Is this going to be possible in 19/20 days in an RV?
We will also consider hiring an SUV type vehicle and doing a mix of camping and cheap accommodation (although gear is again a problem, but this could be bought / hired when we get there) - RV cost for 19 nights for these dates (29th August - 17th September) is working out just under 4000USD, not counting gas but including mileage.
Do you have alternative suggestions along this loose route?
Would you recommend doing this September or July?
Any ideas on fuels costs for an RV around this type of trip?
Any 'Don't miss' suggestions? Where would you spoend a couple of days on this route?
What would you cut if you had to?
I also read on here about the Mountain Men Rendevous - this would definately be something we'd be interested in seeing. I've been to the states many times - but for 3 of our party this may be the first and last time so I really want to make it as memorable as possible for them.
I am grateful for all and any advice.