Hello from Ireland!
My wife, daughter and I are planning a roadtrip holiday in America this year, and need advice on what would be worth visiting towards the latter end of our trip! Our daughter is 4 years old, and it will be her first trip to the USA, so we want to show her as many amazing sites as possible. We think she is too young to goto places such as Disney, Universal, etc, so instead we plan to visit national parks in the northwest USA to show her what an amazing place it is.
Here is what we've planned so far - fly from Ireland to San Francisco, arriving on July 27th. Spend 2 nights in SF, then drive to Yosemite. Spend 2 nights in Yosemite, then onto Las Vegas, via Death Valley. 2 nights in Las Vegas, then drive to the Grand Canyon for a full day. Continue that evening to Kayente, so that we are close to Monument Valley for the following morning. Enjoy the sights of Monument valley, and drive to Rexburg, Idaho that night (longest drive of the trip, about 650 miles). Continue the next day to Yellowstone, and spend 2 days/nights there. From Yellowstone, drive to Glacier National Park in Montana, and spend 2 days/nights there.
From Glacier National Park, we have 9 days to make it back to San Francisco for our flight home, but cannot decide on the best route back - go to Seattle and drive the entire length of the Route 1/101 south, or stay inland to visit other sites, and cut across to the coast for the last few hundred miles!
Any suggestions on a route between Glacier and SF with interesting things to see and do along the way would be much appreciated!
I know some of the days driving described above are long, but the routes are so scenic that we will still be having a great time on those days with a long drive planned!
Forgot to mention, we have about 3 and a half weeks in total for this trip. We planned this one so that every 3 days we have 1 day of driving, so that we have time to rest and have fun :)
Also, I have done a few roadtrips before in the USA, so I do appreciate the scale of the trip outline that we have planned! I just haven't explored Oregon/Washington States yet, which is why we are having difficulty planning this part of the trip!