Well, I've read books, visited National Park, Forestry, State Park and even City websites and they all cover the surface really well. Now it's time to get into the nitty gritty detail. I've been perusing through this forum and others, and reading articles on this site, but I know I can't expect to find answers to my exact situation unless I join and start asking questions. I'm planning a 6-week roadtrip with my husband and two young children (who will be turning 4 & 6 during the trip) starting in early June. We'll be traveling in our Lance camper, towing an old 4WD Land Cruiser from Northern California to the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Glacier, North Cascades (maybe), Olympic, Mt. Rainier then hopefully hitting some of our favorite camping spots on our way home. I'm anxious to get to Grand Teton and Yellowstone, so I'm opting to take the quickest route through Nevada and Idaho. Since the kids are so young we will definitely need to break up the driving time. I'm thinking it will take us two overnights to get there, one in Nevada and the other at Craters of the Moon. Someone in another forum suggested Blackfoot's Potato Museum, so I think we'll add a quick visit there as well. I've promised my husband that after we get to Wyoming I would stop pushing for a schedule. We want to take our time and enjoy the experience. However, there are logistical issues to think about. We're avid campers, but are still pretty inexperienced w/the Lance. We love to venture off the beaten path and are not big on crowds, so we're much more intersted in finding that remote little gem of a campsite than staying in an RV park, but I will need to schedule in time to dump the tanks, recharge the camper and cameras, do laundry, etc. In the summer, I'm assuming I will have to make reservations at a full service RV park to take care of these things, and that puts us back on a "schedule" again. Does anyone have other suggestions?
I'm also looking for suggested stops along the way, especially from Yellowstone to Glacier, then to Washington and down through Oregon. I read a reply to someone else's trip that suggested Flathead Lake on the way to Glacier. This looks like an amazing place with activities to keep everyone busy.
We're hoping to explore as much as we can, find some great camping spots, take in the scenery and the wildlife (I'm hoping there will be an abundance of photo ops), do some fishing (well, probably a lot of fishing - my husband wants to catch the BIG one this year) and give the kids some memorable and educational experiences. We've never had the opportunity to spend this much time away from the daily grind before and I'm really excited, but also a bit nervous.
I'm thrilled to have found this site and am hoping for any input you all can provide.