United States Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Yellowstone/Badlands trip, family of five, revised itinerary, June 2015

Jump to last reply

Hello everyone!
This board has been so helpful with tips and suggestions. I'm going to post my current itinerary up for everyone to dissect and make recommendations. We are a family of 5, kids will be 12, 11, and 11 next summer. This will be our first National Parks trip. We're fairly experienced road trippers.
The kids love animals and hotel pools ;)
Thanks!

Day 1: Drive from Chicago to Sioux Falls, SD (9 hours/565 miles)
Day 2: Drive from Sioux Falls to Wall, SD (4 hours/292 miles).
Lunch
Badlands NP - Buy Passport, get stamped
Spend night in Badlands NP? Or Wall?
Day 3 and 4:
Mount Rushmore
Custer State Park - Check in to Legion Lodge - 2 nights?
Head to Wind Cave NP
Jewel Cave?
Mammoth Dig Site

Day 5:
Drive to Cody, WY (7 hours/400 miles)

Day 6: Yellowstone NP Canyon Lodge
Day 7: Yellowstone NP Mammoth (Wild West Dinner, Roosevelt?)
Day 8: Yellowstone NP Mammoth
Day 9: Yellowstone NP Old Faithful
Day 10: Yellowstone NP Old Faithful

Day 11: Grand Tetons NP - Jackson Lodge
Day 12: Jackson (Snake River Raft?)

Day 13-14-15: Drive home

I'd especially love thoughts on the Yellowstone portion. We'll drive from Cody into Yellowstone on Day 6 (early). Then we'll stay in Yellowstone for five nights. How do you like my loop? I am not sure what we want to see in Yellowstone - all the "must dos" - but I'm not sure how they are laid out. I know it's a big park - so I want to divide up the sleeping so we don't have as much driving - and we have more time for hiking/observing.

I'd also love any input on the Wild West dinner and a snake river raft experience?

These are all firsts for us - so I'm having a hard time putting the planning together.

Thank you so much!

14 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

View all United States activity »
  1. 1 where in 'Charleston' would you winter?
  2. 2 Escape cold in mid-Feb (4) nights from Michigan
  3. 3 Road trip next summes...Suggestions ?
  4. 4 A trip to the SW: Not rushed, do it all, perfect time of year.
  5. 5 From Seattle airport to the city
  6. 6 Trip Report A Week in Naples Florida--Much Ado About Food (and Wine)
  7. 7 Protecting yourself when using VRBO
  8. 8 Washington and Oregon Fall vacation 2015
  9. 9 General Utah planning questions
  10. 10 need two stop-overs from LA to Santa Fe, NM
  11. 11 Arthritis and Humidity where to live?
  12. 12 Dining in Manhattan
  13. 13 ideas for roadtrip through Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado
  14. 14 New York City Christmas Trip
  15. 15 Chicago- The Godfrey hotel or the Hotel Burnham????
  16. 16 Las Vegas to Grand Canyon, February
  17. 17 Washington - North cascades trails (Goat Lake and others) okay in winter?
  18. 18 Colorado Skiing
  19. 19 American Honeymoon in March
  20. 20 Is It Possible - One Post for MT, UT, WY in a Week?
  21. 21 Craft Beer & Delicious Food in Vegas
  22. 22 Road Trip to Montana, Wyoming, Idaho & Oregon
  23. 23 golf and fishing recommendations in Tampa area
  24. 24 Recomendations for outlets in miami and hotels in orlando
  25. 25 Northern West Coast Road Trip
View next 25 » Back to the top