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  1. Default trip from Glacier NP to Los angeles, July

    We are planning to travel for 3.5 weeks with our two kids (3 and 6), who are used to and fine with long drives.
    This is our planned itinerary. Would appreciate comments and suggestions.
    The trip will be 25 days but we don't drive on Saturdays (observing Jews) so it will be equivalent to 24 days.

    7/1 (Sun)- land in Kalispell 11:30AM - renting car, organizing
    7/2 (Mon) - Glacier Park
    7/3 (Tuesday) - Glacier Park
    7/4 (Wednesday) - Glacier Park, Leave around 5:00. drive about 3 hours
    toward Yellowstone.
    7/5 (Thursday) - drive the rest of the way (about 3-4 hours). spend
    half a day in Yellowstone.
    7/6 (Friday) - Yellowstone
    7/7 (Saturday) - rest - end of week 1
    7/8 - (Sunday) - Yellowstone
    7/9 (Monday) - Yellowstone
    7/10 (Tuesday) - Grand Teton
    7/11 (Wednesday) - Grand Teton. leave toward evening and drive for 3-4 hours.
    7/12 (Thursday) - drive ( about 6-7 hours)
    7/13 (Friday) - Bryce Canyon
    7/14 (Sat) - rest - end of week 2
    7/15 (Sun)- drive to Zion (2 hours), spend day in Zion
    7/16 (Mon) - zion and drive to Page (2.5 hours)
    7/17 (Tue)- page, AZ
    7/18 (Wednesday) - drive to Grand Canyon (3 hours). half day in Grand Canyon
    7/19 (Thursday)- Grand Canyon
    7/20 (Friday) - drive to Las Vegas 5 hours.
    7/21 (Saturday) - in Las Vegas? - end of week 3
    7/22 - (Sun) - drive to LA spend half a day in LA.
    7/23 (Mon) - disneyland
    7/24 (Tue) - universal studies
    7/25 (Wed) - fly back from LA

    option: add 4 days and take route 1 to San Francisco.

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    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

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    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    This trip should be a joy. You've got a good mix of driving days and days spent just enjoying the places you've gotten to. And none of your driving days should push you too hard, even with a couple of young children. A couple of general notes first. Many of your scheduled stops are in National Parks, and there are enough of them that you should get an annual pass good for entry to all national parks for all family members in the car, but unfortunately not camping or other special fees. The year starts at purchase, so there's no rush to buy it - just ask for it at the first fee station you come to in your travels. The other great free goodie at national parks is the Junior Ranger program. Your youngest might just be a tad too young, but your six year old will get a lot out of this. Sign him up at every national park, monument, and historic site you come to.

    Now some more specific things. If you can spare a little more time for the drive down from the Grand Tetons to Bryce Canyon, there are a number of places worth exploring along US-89. And not to denigrate the Grand Canyon, but your kids could easily get bored after a few hours of what, after all, is just a big hole in the ground. If so, take them into Flagstaff to visit the Museum of Northern Arizona (anthropology, so Indian stuff) or Lowell Observatory (where Pluto was discovered). There is also a an old-timey steam train from Williams into Grand Canyon Village and back. They'll also probably enjoy a stop at Hoover Dam on the way to Las Vegas. If you decide to skip Vegas, then a side trip into Oatman should delight your little ones. Here's a bit more about visiting Oatman.

    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 05-12-2012 at 04:30 PM. Reason: added another information link

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    This is extremely helpful! Thanks you so much!
    Last edited by AZBuck; 05-12-2012 at 07:30 PM. Reason: Removed quote of entire previous post

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    One more question - do you think we should book all hotels in advance for this time of the year?

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    May 2011
    Southern California


    In the National Parks, YES, book ahead. They will fill up quickly! The ones just outside of the parks may fill up as well. If this is for July of this year, it may already be too late, but would be worth a call as you may get in on someone else's cancellation.


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    Your plan appears to be the basis of a wonderful family vacation. You've recognized your children's ages and strengths which will surely continue to planning activities on your trip. My suggestion may be superfluous -- I found it beneficial to spend as many nights as feasible in one location and minimize the packing up and moving. Although I didn't visit in summer, I was able to find "quiet" places for my young kids to rest or nap at the LA theme parks which meant a longer and more enjoyable visit.

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    PS Donna is right that you should make reservations in or just outside of national parks asap. Otherwise, it is your preference or traveling style. When my kids were young I made reservations prior to trip rather than spending time to do it on the trip. When they were older reservations were made for first destination, last destination and popular destinations (such as national parks) with the rest made on the road, even by cell phone at the end of the afternoon.

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