Hello Trip Advisor. Planning next years vacation (Aug 2015) (my 40th) so planning a big National Park field trip with the family from the UK. Next Aug I'll have a 11 yr old ,9yr, 1.5 yr old. Experienced US driver and I've been to LV , Yosemite and GC before (but never with the family!).
I've read some of the previous forum posts on trips like these (great advice!) and trying to create an optimal trip. There's three main legs to the journey so I've tried to break them into manageable chunks. A couple of days for swimming here and there etc. I've also tried to allocate enough time for the 'big kahunas' of GC and Yellowstone
Does this look reasonable? Any better routes (I did look at SF-Yosemite-GC,Yellowstone-SF) but seemed like a lot of driving on the way back so I flipped the route.
Day 1 SF - Land
Dat 2 SF AM leave for Tahoe (incline Village) (3.30 drive) 1/2 Day at Sandy Shore
Day 3 Tahoe - Twin Falls - Idaho - Hotel
Day 4 Twin Falls - Grand Teton - Camp (cascade canyon half day hike)
Day 5 Grand Teton - Yellowstone - Camp
Day 6 Yellowstone - Camp
Day 7 Yellowstone Camp
Day 8 YellowStone - Provo (6 hr) Hotel
Day 9 Provo- Zion - Narrows - Camp
Day 10 Zion - Angels/Scout landing - Camp
Day 11 Zion- Grand Canyon South Rim Hotel
Day 12 Grand Canyon South Kaibab Trail - Phantom Lodge
Day 13 Bright Angel Grand Canyon Rim . Rest.
Day 14 Grand Canyon - Las Vegas
Day 15 Las Vegas - Rest day
Day 16 Vegas to Yosemite via Death Valley (8hr) Camp/hotel.
Day 17 Yosemite Camp
Day 18 Yosemite PM - Montery 4hr
Day 19 Montery Beach
Day 20 Montery Beach / Aquarium
Day 21 SF
Day 22 SF - Flight