Firstly I apologise that it is so long. Please comment on any aspect of the itinerary. I may still have ONE day up our sleeves
To help you with your comments.
Our original 12 day cruise was cancelled so picked up extra days.
We love rafting, and have experience on grade 4-5 rapids, hence 3 days set aside specifically for rafting.
Hubby loves Dinosaurs(Thermopolis) and wants to go to the Aquarium in Vancouver (he saw this on a travel show recently).
I prefer hiking ( I have done Angels landing, hubby not so keen, so will probably drop him off on the Alpine Lakes circuit and head out to one of the two lakes and pick him up on the way back).
I have added Badlands to our itinerary as suggested by Tet, just not sure the best place to fit it in given the other stuff we were doing in the area. I also thought about going to the Bear park, not sure if we have enough time for this to be added?
Originally had planned to stay in Canyon, then head to Mammoth and then OF before heading south to the Tetons but only expensive accommodation was available on the dates I wanted.
Our full itinerary
Day 1 Fly out of Sydney to LAX then onto Vancouver
Day 2 Vancouver Aquarium
Day 3 Vancouver Stanley Park (if required), Gastown & Seawall
Late pm flight (1955 Delta) to Seattle
Day 4 -14 10 day Alaskan Cruise Departs/Arrives Seattle
Day 14 Fly to SLC ?1130 or 1310
Drive to Moab
Day 15 Westwater rafting (Moab 2 nights)
Day 16 Hike Delicate Arch (This is the only hike we have NOT done in ArchesNP)
Drive to Canon City (Canon City 1 night)
Day 17 Royal Gorge rafting
Drive to Vail
Day 18 – 22 Timeshare exchange (Vail 5 nights)
Day trips to: Glenwood Springs, Keystone, Breckenridge, Buena Vista(rafting). Any other suggestions
Day 23 Drive to RMNP via Trail Ridge Rd if open (RMNP 2 nights)
Day 24 Hike Alpine Lakes circuit
Day 25 Drive to South Dakota via Cheyenne & Fort Laramie ? directly to Badlands (Wall 1 night)
Day 26 Drive the loop road Badlands head to Custer state park pm (Custer 3 nights)
Day 27 Custer state park - Wildlife Loop Road, Garden of Eden Cave Tour Wind Cave, Mt Coolidge Firetower, Needles Scenic Highway to Sylvan Lake, ?Mt Rushmore evening ceremony
Day 28 Custer state park - Iron Mountain Road, Mt Rushmore Presidential Trail, CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL, Scenic Tour Jewel Cave
Day 29 Deadwood/ Tatatanka/ Devils Tower Monument (? Overnight)
Day 30 Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Drive to Thermopolis (Thermopolis 1 night)
Day 31 The Wyoming Dinosaur Centre, Hot Springs State Park
Drive to Cody Rodeo or Mock gun fights outside the Irma Hotel (Cody 2 nights)
Day 32 Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Dam
Drive to Old Faithful Yellowstone (2 nights)
Day 34 Mammoth (1 night)
Day 35 – 37 Canyon (1 night)
Day 38 – 39 Tetons (2 nights)
Day 40 Drive to SLC
Day 41 Afternoon flight to LA then home
Thanks for any and all comments. J