Hi Fellow Travelers!
I am planning a sightseeing road trip for late August with two kids (age 5 and 10) and two grandparents in tow. Trip duration is between 8 and 14 days depending on which route we will choose.
Option 1: Fly to Las Vegas from NY/NJ - Drive to Southern Utah national parks/Grand Canyon NP -> drive to Denver via Million Dollar highway and Aspen --> Fly out of Denver back to NY/NJ
Option 2: fly to SLC or Jackson -- drive to Yellowstone/Grand Teton NP -- Estes Park/Rocky Mountain National Park -- Colorado Springs -- Fly out of Denver
Option 3: Fly to Denver -- 8 hr drive to Yellowstone/Grand Teton -- Salt Lake City -- Moab, UT (Arches and Canyonland NP) -- Denver (for Rocky Mountain NP and Colorado Springs) -- Fly out of Denver
Dear husband has only 1 week to 1.5 week of vacation time, so he prefers option 2 which appears to require less time and less driving than option 1, but a quick check of the airfare shows flying into either Salt Lake City or Jackson to go to Yellowstone is almost $400 more than flying into Las Vegas, plus grandparents really want to see the Grand Canyon and Rocky Mountains. Option 1 and 3 would require about 12-14 days, and dear husband may not be able to join for the whole trip. Option 3 has an advantage of fly in and out of Denver, which saves our airfare and car rental fees. I am not sure if it is flexible enough to be compressed to 10 days or allow husband to fly out of Denver a day or two earlier than us.
Any feedback would be appreciated!!