Planning a road trip from LA, with two kids - a 16 yo boy and 11 yo girl. We already have reservations at Glacier and at Yellowstone for mid June. The plan is:
Sat June 20 - Leave LA (we could, if necessary, leave Friday night and go a few hours)
6/20 - 6/22 - not sure?
Monday 6/22 - Arrive at Holland Lake (Glacier National Park) .
6/22 until Thursday 6/25 - Glacier Park
Thursday 6/25 - Leave Glacier and drive to West Yellowstone.
6/25 - 7/2 - Yellowstone
7/2 - leave Yellowstone
?? Not sure where to stop on the way home or which route to take after leaving on 7/2.
My questions are:
1. What is the best route from LA to Glacier? We were thinking of going through Salt Lake City. We also would like to stop at an interesting sight between SLC and Glacier, if anyone can recommend a place. We were told that the Golden Spike/Railroad museum is great, but not sure if that is on the way.
2. Can we get to West Yellowstone from Glacier, reasonably in one day?
3. When we leave Yellowstone what is the best route back to LA, that might have an interesting stop along the way? We leave Thursday morning and need to be in LA no later than Sunday. We wouldn't mind getting back on Saturday, but Sunday would work as well. Especially if we can find a great place to celebrate the 4th of July on the way home.
4. Any advise or recommendations? Are we planning it all wrong? We already have our reservations so we can't change much with that but we are open to ideas.
This is our first family road trip so any advise or tips is much appreciated. Thank you so much!