My friend and I are planning a road trip out west this summer (leaving New York August 1st). Our main goal is to hit the Badlands/Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, enter Yellowstone from the north and come south into the Grand Teton NP. On our way home we'll drive through the Rockies and continue on home from there.
Is 16 days enough to do all of this? I'm afraid we've maybe planned too much activity for our allotted time (we're both teachers so we need to be back in NY before school starts). If we still want to see everything the west has to offer what are the MUST SEE attractions?
Also, can anyone recommend a scenic route to take while we head back to NY from Colorado? We're not really sure of things to see or do on our trip home.