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  1. Default Vancouver Mt Rushmore Xmas 08

    We are planning a family holiday/road trip in December 08
    Currently planning to fly to Vancouver or San Francisco and the travelling to Mt Rushmore and Canada for 15 days
    We have 2 kids 10-13 and would be gratefull for some information on sites etc as a good places to stay on Christmas and New Years 09(New Years with Fireworks if possible)

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    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

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    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    With a year to go, you have plenty of time to sort out the details, so as you're doing, it's a good idea to just concentrate on the basic framework of the trip first. For family discovery trips like this, I like loop trips where you end up back at the same place, but don't retrace your steps. It helps to give you the feeling that you've explored an area rather than just a few points, and it means that you can get simple round-trip air fares and there will be no drop-off charge for the car.

    For your purposes I'd be looking at a loop that starts in either Vancouver of Seattle and includes (counter-clockwise) Coeur d'Alene, Yellowstone, Devil's Tower, Mt. Rushmore, the Little Bighorn, Glacier National Park (U.S.), Calgary, Banff National Park, Yoho National Park, Glacier National Park (Canada) and then back to your starting point. While in Vancouver, I'd also take some time to take the ferry over to Victoria for a day or two.

    Whether you start in Vancouver or Seattle will depend on the costs of tickets to your initial point, whether you can rent a car in Canada and take it into the U.S. and back (or vice versa). The later point may be affected by your citizenship, so be sure to check out the details with your rental company and the appropriate authorities.

    Two weeks is sufficient for such a trip, but not enough time to see everything in depth. You'll also have to keep a few days in your back pocket for days when weather makes travel impossible. But happy planning.


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