Well after a lot of thought, planning and re-planning with lots of arguments etc our family have finally put together our itinerary for our planned family trip summer 2011 for Canada/USA. I would appreciate any comments or feedback or suggestions. I do realize it is a long way out to plan this but we will actually have to start booking some of this in a couple of months.
We are a family of four (Mum, Dad and two teenage boys). We love the outdoors but would not by any stretch of the imagination call ourselves great hikers. We are happy to do a walk up to an hour or so with more easy than moderate terrain – we are just not that fit. We are NOT into cities or shopping – we are interested in scenery esp. something we can’t see at home and really interested in wildlife. New Zealand (home) has great scenery but no native mammals so even a chipmunk is a novelty to us.
We have travelled the USA before so are not novices. This time like previous times we are getting a RV. We did toy briefly with hiring a SUV/Travel trailer combo but hubby decided that trying to back a 22-26ft trailer would be harder than the 30ft RV.
Here is the itinerary
Pick up RV and head towards North Cascades National Park (Newhalem area) – stay 2 nights (1 day to explore).
Then East to Omak – then north through the Okanagan Valley - stopping overnight at Okanagan Lake Provincial Park.
Then up to Clearwater, BC – stopping two nights there to give us a day exploring the Wells Gray Provincial Park corridor.
Then onto Jasper for four nights – giving us three whole days to explore this area
Then onto Banff via the Ice Pathway – spending 4 nights in Banff (three days to explore)
From Banff it’s down to Glacier National Park, MT staying three nights (two days to explore)
Then south stopping overnight in Missoula before ending up in Yellowstone for 6 nights – probably staying at Grant Village.
Then south again to the Grand Tetons – spending 3 nights (two days to explore).
From there we have to head South to drop the RV back at Salt Lake City (with a overnight stop close to SLC as RV has to be back by 11am) – it is the closest place for this that gives us connections with LA that fit our international flight schedule – saves us having to spend a extra night in a hotel. We are also aware of the one way drop off fee but it is worth it to save having to travel all the way back to Seattle – a long way for us. I know none of the mileages are huge but the husband does not want to drive huge mileages in a day and we want to allow for down time to sit and read, enjoy were we are and also allow time for those little chores like laundry.
As I said we would appreciate comments and indication of anything we missed considering our requirements.