Hi everyone, I have been following this forum for the past few months in prepartion for our trip in January 2015. In brief, we are a family of 3, myself, my wife and our 10 yo daughter who live in Northern Australia. We will be spending 2015 in the USA and plan on hiring an RV for the first 6 months touring the Western states. We have been granted our Visa so appears everything is ready for the actual trip planning to commence.
We aim to hire an RV in San Francisco in early January with the goal of mainly visiting National Parks. Our first stop will be Yosemite before heading down to Kings Canyon, Sequoia and Las Vegas to visit relatives. From here we will travel into Arizona for the Grand Canyon and Flagstaff then up into Utah for the main parks of Zion, Arches, Bryce Canyon and Canyonlands. We will then travel through the Rocky Mountain National Park on our way to visiting friends in Boulder Colorado. Our next destination will be South Dakota for Mt Rushmore, Wyoming for Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, to Montana for Glacier NP through Idaho to Washington and then South through Oregon before returning the RV to San Francisco around mid June. On average we shoudl be able to stay in each National Park for around 5 nights.
We appreciate that the early part of the trip will be the middle of Winter, however I feel the above itinerary should assist by moving South originally and then the northern states during Spring and Summer.
I also appreciate that some National Parks may be closed during winter or at the very least only limited campgrounds will be available. It also appears some have full hook-ups and others are pure camping (albeit with camp tables, fire pits, toilets etc.).
Am keen for thoughts associated with our travel, our itinerary, any other parks to visit (am aware of KOA and might use these occassionally) and anything else of value from people with much more experience than we have.