We've been wanting to do this trip for years (husband and I did a similar trip without the kids MANY years ago) and feel like our kids are finally the right ages. They will be 5, 10, 14, 15 and are all very excited. They are pretty good car travelers and we drive to FL 1-2 times a year so they are used to being in the car for 12-13 hours in a day. However, we've never done a trip like this and are planning on being gone 22-24 days. We are camping most of the time, with a hotel stay about every 4 nights. We are also thinking of renting a house near Yellowstone for 4 nights so we can have a break from all the camping.
Here is our ever-changing itinerary. We are planning on starting in early June.
1 Drive to Walnut Creek State Park, Oklahoma KOA (10.5 hours)
2 Drive to Grants, NM KOA (10.5)
3 Grants, NM to Petrified Forest National Park (2 hrs) to Meteor Crater (1 hr 15) to Grand Canyon (1 hr 45)
4 Grand Canyon
5 Grand Canyon morning and Slide Rock in the afternoon (1 hr 45)
6 Sedona area exploring?
7 Drive to Sequoia National Park (9 hr 18)
8 Sequoia National Park
9 Drive thru Death Valley to Hoover Dam. Not sure where to stay yet (7 hr 40)
10 Drive to Bryce Canyon (4hr 30)
11 Bryce Canyon or Zion
12 Bryce Canyon to Park City (4 hrs)
13 Park City to Grand Tetons (4hr 30) Someone mentioned to travel Guardsman Pass Scenic Backway
14 Grand Tetons
15 Grand Tetons for most of the day then to Yellowstone (2 hr 20)
19 Travel from Yellowstone to RMNP (6 hours)
20 Visit RMNP and drive Trail Ridge Road
22 Drive home (10ish hours)
23 Drive home (10ish hours)
My main questions are;
1. we packing too much into one trip? We may not have the chance to do this again before the oldest heads to college as the following 2 years vacations are already planned.
2. Will we go mad being on the road with each other for that long? Haha!
Thanks in advance!