We are planning our trip out west from Cadillac, MI to Yellowstone national park and back. This will be a road trip in our F350 Diesel truck hauling a 32 foot Fifth wheel. I will be traveling with my husband and our 3 children (11, 13, & 15) as well as our tiny Yorkie. We plan to leave on Aug. 6th 2016 and return on Aug. 27th or 28th. We have a very rough travel plan figured out and would like input and advice on how far to drive in a day, where to camp, reservations?, what is a must see, etc. The farthest we have drove the fifth wheel is from our home in Cadillac to Cedar point in Sandusky OH. However, my husband used to drive semi trucks and has experience driving them in mountains and inner cities so Iím not too worried but I would like advice on highways or roads to take or avoid with an RV in tow. For example what is the best way through Chicago? Or should we go through the U.P.? (We have ruled out the ferry as being too expensive) So far our plan looks like the following but the only thing actually booked is our nights at Yellowstone (which can be changed at this point). Are my days realistic or would we need to break up our drive even more?
Day 1 (Aug 6): Leave Cadillac around 6am & drive south around Chicago and stop for the night around Madison WI (423 miles).
Day 2 (Aug 7): Leave Madison WI around 7 am & stop for the night around Sioux Falls SD. (431 miles)
Day 3 (Aug 8): Leave Sioux Falls SD around 7am & head to Custer State Park SD to camp. (365 miles.)
Day 4 (Aug 9): Stay at Custer state park and tour Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer state park.
Day 5 (Aug 10): leave Custer around 8 am & head to Cody making a pit stop at Devils Tower. Stop and camp for the night in Cody. (379 miles).
Day 6 (Aug 11): Thinking of getting a slow start and see some sights/attractions around Cody. Then head to Yellowstone by way of 14 and arriving by the eastern entrance to Fishing Bridge to camp. (77 miles)
Day 7-14 (Aug 12-19): Camp at Fishing bridge and drive the truck around Yellowstone to see everything. Exact itinerary for our stay is still to be determined.
Day 14-16 (Aug 19-21): Leave Yellowstone and head to Grand Teton. Camp for 2 days in the park.
Day 16-23 (Aug 21-28): ??? Iím not sure the best way to go home or what to see from here. Iím debating about going back the same way we came and seeing some things we may have not had time to see on the way in (Badlands, more time at devils tower, etc.). Or going the southern route I-80 but Iím not sure what attractions to see or where to stop on this route.
Other questions-Should we bother to bring things like bikes or Kayaks? Or will we not get enough use out of them to make it worth our while to haul them?
If you made it this far thanks for reading. ☺ If you have any ideas or suggestions for us I would love to hear.