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Hi! I've already learned a lot reading on these forums and guidebooks, but was hoping someone could look at our plan and give me a reality check whether it's too much, or if I'm missing anything important. This is part of a 14 day trip that starts in SD. I have 4 nights planned in YNP (two in Roosevelt, 2 in OF), and 2 nights planned in GTNP.

We plan on visitng first week of July 2015, and want to be ready when reservtions open for next year. There are 6 of us traveling: my husband and I, our two kids (who will be 5.5 and 7.5 at the time) and my parents, who are in their late 60s. They are in reasonable shape, but 5 hour hikes are out of the question - I'm trying to keep all hikes under the 1-2 hour mark. None of us are super early risers, so I don't expect to be ready to hit the roads before 8:30 on any day.

Day 8 – Leave Cody and drive to NE entrance of Yellowstone via Beartooth Highway and Lamar Valley. Check into Roosevelt Lodge (if we can get rooms with private bath). Drive to Mammoth and check kids into Ranger program. Drive Upper Terrace Rd and see buildings at Fort Yellowstone and map room in Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. If time stop for swim in Boiling River. On the way back hike either Undine Falls or Waithe Falls. Stop and see petrified tree. Have dinner at Roosevelt Lodge.

Day 9 – Bring boxed lunch. Head south to see Tower Fall, perhaps hike down to bottom. Stop at Calcite Springs Overlook. Continue south to North Rim of Canyon, stop at Inspiration Point, then Grandview and Lookout Points. At Lookout Point, hike 0.5 mile trail to Red Rock Point. Next stop at Brink of Lower Falls, 0.5 mile trail and then Brink of Upper Falls. On South Rim, have lunch in picnic area, then hike Uncle Tom’s Trail to base of falls. If time drive to Artist Point. Return back to Roosevelt in time for Old West Cookout (4:45 pm) - this is worth it with kids, right? Overnight at Roosevelt Lodge again. (is this too much in one day? Should we push some to day 10?) Is the Canyon Village education center worth a stop (1hr)?

Day 10 – Depart Roosevelt Lodge, heading south to Yellowstone Lake area. Drive through Hayden Valley to Mud Volcano area to see wildlife and thermal basins. Hike Natural Bridge trail if open. Check out Fishing Bridge and hike Pelican Creek Nature Trail. Lunch at Yellowstone Hotel. Check in to Old Faithful Inn. Dinner at Old Faithful Inn.

Day 11- Take box lunch. Start at Old Faithful visitor center to check predicted eruption times and see Young Scientist room. After eruption explore Geyser hill area. Then see Firehole River loop to see Grand Geyser and Crested Pool. Head up to midway geyser basin through Firehole Lake Drive to see Great Fountain Geyser and Fountain Paint Pot. Further north, drive Firehole Canyon Drive to see Firehole Falls and (maybe - this one sounds more difficult than Boiling RIver) swim in hot springs. Head toward Norris Basin and hike trails to Porcelain Basin and Back Basin. If time, visit Artist Paint Pots (0.5 mile trail) before heading to dinner and overnight again at Old Faithful Inn.

Day 12-Leave park through South Entrance to arrive at Grand Teton. Drive along Rockefeller parkway to see Cathedral Group (peaks). Continue south to Colter bay. Hike Lakeshore trail, 2 miles. Lunch. Continue south to Jackson Lake junction and head west to Signal Mountain. Take path to Jackson Point Overlook. Continue south to Jenny Lake and hike up to inspiration point (1.8 miles if take boat shuttle, otherwise 5.8 miles. May be better suited for morning). Dinner and overnight at either Colter Bay Village or Signal Mtn Lodge.

Day 13- Start at Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor center. See Chapel of Transfiguration. Take float trip down Snake River - recommendations for an operator welcome. Overnight same as day 12.

Day 14 - drive to Jackson Hole to depart.

Any suggestions or changes you would make? AM I allowing enough time in each place, considering our hiking is minimal?

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