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RV trip from Raleigh NC to Grand Canyon, Zion, Arches.. and?

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I am in the early planning stages of a RV trip from Raleigh NC -> West, with the key stops of Grand Canyon, Arches, Zion and anywhere else in the general area. I would love to do Yellowstone, however, I just don't think we will have time?

We can go anytime from the 2nd week of June until Mid-August (school summer vacation), and are planning on using 2 weeks of our vacation time, so will have 16 nights/17 days available. We will be a party of 2 adults and 4 kids (ages 15, 14, 10 & 8)..and one small Maltese :).

I would love to get input regarding the "best" two weeks to plan for the summer. I understand this is "high" season, and therefore, the parks will be very busy and we plan to pack all our patience! IS there a time that would be particularly better during these months, or is it all pretty much the same?

I'm also looking for any other key things I should consider when making this itinerary plan.... we are an active family, and will plan to do some hiking, guided rafting, stargazing, etc. I would love to visit some Native American sites as well, if possible.

Do you agree that the time does not allow for Yellowstone or would it be possible to include even two days there?

The initial plan is:
Day 1 Friday: leave Raleigh NC mid-day, and we can get to Nashville TN late that evening (we used to live there, so are familiar with that drive). camp overnight in that "general" vicinity.
Day 2 & 3: Sat/Sun - Drive to AZ
Day 4: Monday - arrive in AZ - camp & relax at campground (South Rim side)
Day 5: Tuesday - Train to GCNP - spend day in park/train ride back
Day 6: Wednesday - Drive to North Rim - camp
Day 7: Thursday - North rim in AM & Drive to Zion - Camp in area of Zion/Bryce
Day 8: Friday- Zion & Bryce Canyon (if time allows)
Day 9: Saturday - Arches
Day 10: Sunday - Buffer/Downtime day or Arches/Canyonland, depending on what has already been completed, group fatigue and "Mom's" patience with *sometimes grumpy* teenagers! :)

This is where I'm not sure what to do next... do we head slowly back across country, stopping at "sites" along the way? We could also head back east, and visit Mammoth Caves KY & Smokey Mtns in TN/NC - we've already done both and would enjoy going back. Or we could take the "southern" route and maybe visit "fun" sites like Roswell, Dallas, Memphis, etc. ?

Or do we spend 1 day (is that do-able?) driving to Yellowstone and then 2 full days there, and then go straight back to NC?

Thanks in advance for any help/experience or insight you can provide!


Catherine

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