I am travelling over to the States with my wife and kids (three boys ages 13, 11 & 8) this summer for our DREAM VACATION. A few days in NY and then we fly out to Denver and pick up our RV. This is a first for us. We have never tried a road trip, never travelled in an RV, and I guess we could do with a little advice.
We have 21 full days. Starting point Denver and we fly back to Europe from Phoenix. Our basic itinerary (please let us know what you think) is: travel up to South Dakota, taking in Rocky Mountain NP; Badlands; Black Hills, Mount Rushmore; travel over to Yellowstone (where should we visit on the way?); 2 - 3 days in Yellowstone; down to Utah(again where would you recommend between Yellowstone and Moab?); Moab - Arches NP and Canyonlands NP; Bryce; Zion; Grand Canyon; and then how best should we travel from Grand Canyon to Phoenix.
How does all this sound? Any obvious places I've missed out? Am I being too ambitious? My wife keeps saying, ''Don't overdo it, I don't want to spend all the time driving." And I know she's right, but at the same time, I don't know if we will do this again, and I want to see it all!
Also, any advice re. travelling with an RV? And do we need to book campsites? I'd like to be as free as possible and not have to book ahead too much, but am I right in thinking it would be necessary at Yellowstone and Grand Canyon? Are there campsites outside the NPs that would be easier to get in at?
Hoping someone out there can help.