First I want to say thank you to anyone that reads or replies.
My husband and I are wanting to take the kids on a month long family vacation but I have anxiety on making sure we saved enough money. SO I am looking for ideas of what some would spend on a similar vacation, etc. This will be a combination of hotel, camping, etc. The goal is to make it out to see my husbands brother, his wife and their kids in Oregon and than up to Canada to meet his parents (I have never met them previously). We have talked about cutting Canada out to save money but it is important to us to see them as well. We have 4 kids (3 are from my previous marriage and 1 with my current husband---which my husband and baby flew out to Canada so his parents have met their grandson). Kids are 17, 15, 14, and will be 1 at the time of travel.
Des Moines, Iowa to Mt Rushmore and camping 2 nights. Haven't booked campsite
Mt. Rushomore to Yellowstone and camping 3 nights. Booked and approximately $100
Yellowstone to Mountain Home, Idaho hotel 1 night. Booked and approximately $100
Mountain Home, Idaho to John Day Oregon Tee Pee rental 1 night. Booked and about $75
John Day, Oregon to Salem, Oregon hotel 1 night. Booked and about $100
Salem, Oregon to Rockaway Beach, Oregon hotel 3 nights. Booked and about $350
Round Trip for the above is about 4100 miles (that is IF we don't do any off the beaten path driving which is not probable). And would be done in about 15-17 days.
This is as far as I booked out as I started to get nervous on costs to make sure that we had enough money to enjoy the trip as well. We talked about on days we are camping to eat cheaper and from the cooler/grill and on hotel days to possibly eat out one meal (the hotels I have booked so far have included a kitchenette). Nobody wants to eat sandwiches and hot dogs for a whole trip.
Potentially we would like to do this as well:
Rockaway Beach, Oregon to Hope, British Columbia 1 night hotel. (approximately $100)
Hope, British Columbia to Fort Frazier, British Columbia 4-5 nights (would stay at his parents so no hotel/camping costs)
Fort Frazier, British Columbia to Prince George, British Columbia 1 night (approximately $100)
Prince George, British Columbia to somewhere between Jasper and Banff Alberta(hotel or camping haven't decided so say $100)
Banff, Alberta to Billings, Montana (hotel approximately $100)
And we were just going to wing it from there and stop whenever and find a hotel probably 3-4 nights in hotels (approximately $400)
With the above additions the round trip mileage is about 5,200 again without any additional off the beaten path driving. This would be about 24-27 days.
If I realistically say accommodations are average $100/day (Some are cheaper when we camp but some are more expensive) It would be 1700 or 2700 if we added Canada (although we would stay at his parents for 4 of those days and save 400 so it would be 2300) Fuel Cost round trip would be 1200-1600.
How much for food allowance and entertainment realistically can I expect to bring? We plan on staying in the national park at yellowstone and not leaving so all entertainment will be directly in the park. We are frugal-ish people and enjoy nature. And also my husband is a self contracted employee so he gets no vacation pay so we had to save a full month of bill money to go on the trip. Also appreciate any "Must See's or Must Do's" around these areas!
Hopefully you can understand my craziness. Thank you again!