I wasn't sure how to name this trip since we plan to cover so much in 6 weeks, but I'm hoping from your experience that you'll tell me it's not too much to attempt. We plan to fly out from the UK in mid-September and fly back towards the end of October. From what I've read this means Yellowstone could be less busy than the Summer months, but still ok weatherwise? I've tried to keep the schedule fairly relaxed so it doesn't have the feeling of rushing from one place to the next. I've also tried to incorporate several 'bases' where we stay for 3 or 4 days at a time, so we can concentrate on the sights in an area and not worry about finding places to stay as much. So here goes :
Day 1 - Fly from London to Denver direct. Pick up car and stay near airport.
Day 2 - To Idaho Springs, CO. See Boulder Mountain Park, Golden Gate Canyon SP.
Day 3 - To Estes Park, CO. See Rocky Mountain NP.
Day 4 - To Cheyenne, WY. See Cheyenne.
Day 5 - To Scottsbluff, NE. See Scotts Bluff NM, Chimney Rock National Historic Site.
Day 6 - To Chadron, NE. See Agate Fossil Beds NM
Day 7-9 - Rapid City, SD. See Buffalo Gap National Grassland, Badlands NP, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Wind Cave NP, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse memorial.
Day 10 - To Spearfish, SD. See Jewel Cave NM, Deadwood.
Day 11 - To Hardin, MT. See Devil's Tower NM.
Day 12 - To Powell, WY. See Little Bighorn Battlefield NM.
Day 13-15 - To West Yellowstone, MT. See Yellowstone NP.
Day 16-18 - To Jackson, WY. See Grand Teton NP.
Day 19 - To Ogden, UT. See Fossil Butte NM.
Day 20 - To Provo, UT. See Antelope Island SP.
Day 21-23 - Las Vegas, NV. Mid holiday relaxation - Venetian or Palazzo.
Day 24 - To Mesquite, NV. See Valley of Fire SP.
Day 25-28 - To Kanab, UT. See Zion NP, Bryce Canyon NP, Moqui Cave, Grand Staircase Escalante NM.
Day 29 - To Page, AZ. See Grand Canyon North Rim.
Day 30 - To Mexican Hat, UT. See Monument Valley.
Day 31 - To Blanding, UT. See Valley of the Gods, Natural Bridges NM, Moki Dugway.
Day 32 - To Cortez, CO. Mesa Verde NP, Canyons of the Ancients NM.
Day 33-36 - To Moab, UT. See La Sal Mountain drive, Dead Horse Point SP, Canyonlands NP,
Day 37 - To Grand Junction, CO. See Colorado NM.
Day 38 - To Aspen, CO. See Colorado NM, Aspen.
Day 39 - To Canon City, CO. See Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, Skyline Drive.
Day 40-41 - To Colorado Springs, CO. See Seven Falls, High Drive, Pikes Peak NP, Garden of the Gods.
Day 41-43 - To Denver, CO. See Denver and fly back to London.
And that's it! We only plan to book motels for the first night in Denver and the 6 nights in West Yellowstone and Jackson ahead of time. I'm hoping we'll be fine to book the rest on the road via the internet or just by rocking up on the day. I'd love to hear from anyone who has any advice about where we plan to go, any other possible sights on the way and also any pitfalls to be aware of.
Thanks in advance. Adam.