We are just in the beginning stages of planning a big loop trip starting in Vincennes, IN. Family of 6. I'm needing suggestions for stops a long the way. And, honesty. I know our plan is too ambitious, and I'm trying to figure out what to cut. Our "must do's" are Badlands, Mt Rushmore, Grand Teton, Jackson Hole, Glacier, Moscow (my son's birthplace - he had never visited). Everything else is open.
Our trips dates are tentatively leaving at 5pm on 6/28 and returning 7/16.
Here is the loose itinerary:
6/28 depart Vincennes by 5pm, drive until 10-ish pm
6/29 drive to Badlands, SD - stay the night
6/30 Visits Badlands until 1-2pm-ish, drive to Mt Rushmore, stay the night
7/1 finish at Mr Rushmore, drive to Jackson Hole, WY (plan to stay in KOA cabins on Snake River)
7/2-7/3 Grand Teton National Park
7/4 Jackson Hole 4th of July festivities
7/5 drive to Yellowstone
7/6-7/7 Yellowstone (plan to stay at Yellowstone KOA cabins near West entrance)
7/8 leave Yellowstone in the early afternoon, drive to Glacier National Park
7/9-7/10 Glacier National Park
7/11 drive to Coeur d'Alene, ID, then that evening, drive to Moscow, Id (where our son was born and a huge part of this trip.)
7/12 depart Moscow late evening, drive 4-5 hours.
From here we are pretty open. We would LOVE to hit either a place in UT or Denver (or both), and possibly a short stop in KS,KS. We do need to be back home by 7/16 or early 7/17. I think what I'm struggling with is the long gap between stops on the way back home. We have 4 kids, ranging in age from 4-1/2 to 14. They are very good travelers, but 1 or 2 short breaks on the way home would be lifesavers!
Also, I'm trying to come up with a budget for this. Does anyone have guidance there? I have looked up cabin lodging expenses, so I do have a loose guide on that. But, I have no idea how to even start with food costs, gasoline, etc. And, packing lists. Any great resources for packing for a trip like this? We usually take long road trips to beaches, and rent a home - so this is a totally different ballgame.
Sorry for the novel, and thanks for any helpful tips or suggestions!