Hi, I'm from Sydney Australia, and am just starting to research a trip to the States.
I'm particualrly interested in hking,scenery,wildlife and flora and am pretty fit. I am starting my focus on the specatcular national parks and areas of the North West as these are my must do , and then will work things out from there.
I am looking at doing this in ...2015 ! to ensure I can get the accomodation as i realise these areas are very popular. Also I have commitments in 2014 (30th wedding anniversary and son's 21st ).
Looking at maybe August and then early September (take advantage of some quieter time before things shut, although this is quite flexible. I
Some initial advice would be appreciated as to the best way logistically to see the above NParks and surrounding areas. I am looking at between 4-5 weeks in the US and would be able to spend say 2 weeks exploring these areas.
I will liikely fly in either to LAX or SF, as these are the main comnnections tot he west coast from Sydney and then do other conections from there.
I wouldalso like to vsiit San Fran, and also would like to see some of the Coast - Redwoods etc.
My initial thoughts were to perhaps fly to Jackson do GTNP and Yellowstone, return and Fly to Kallispell- is there a direct connect ??. or perhaps drive all the way...
Or else maybe fly to Bozeman and drive to GTNP/Yellowstone and then fly from there to Kallispell ?
Ideas including comment on hire car premiums for one way as against return to original destination, timing eg need to avoid snowy roads with hire car etc best cheapest comnnection eg - LAX - to Bozeman compared SF - Bozeman etc appreciated.
Never been to the States before so I'm a total newbie.
my aologies for the long post ! Alll your ideas welcome.