Ok here we go
I have about 12 days. Yes I know more is required, but this is all we have.
Three of us in total. 2 adults & 1 x 14yo
We just want to take in the whole Desert/NP American experience.
A small amount of hiking is ok, we are interested in the sights, history, a little bit of adventure & a bit of shopping for the wife. Budget is important but I am open to ideas if it will enhance our experience..
I really really want to do Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Monument Valley & Mount Rushmore.
I was planning to hire a RV where I must leave from San Diego & I must return to Vegas (For an event that is only on this one specific nite) & from Vegas I will explore Yosemite & travel through to San Fran.
I have virtually realised that doing all 4 events as nominated above in a RV over 12 days is probably to big an ask to really enjoy & take everything in. I have looked at flying into Jackson, Rapid City, Denver, Salt Lake etc, whilst trying to still achieve the big 4 above, but with connections, restricted flight days, weight restrictions etc coupled with still the long drives, I have come to the landing point that Mount Rushmore will have to go. I am open to suggestions.
So this is what I have come up with. Let me know your thoughts, ideas, suggestions.
Day 2 - To Grand Canyon
Day 3 - To Monument Valley
Day 4 - To Canyon Lands
Day 5 - To Arches
Day 6 - To Salt Lake City
Day 7 - To Twin Falls / Craters of the Moon / Idaho Falls
Day 8 - To Yellowstone
Day 9 - Yellowstone
Day 10 - To Salt Lake City
Day 11 - Cedar City
Day 12 - Zion - Drive to Vegas
I know some days will be rushed so the question is what do I leave out to better enjoy or do I rush my way through. I am prepared to be on the Road by 6/7am daily with about a 6/7pm finish daily. (Plenty of time to relax later).I will not be back on this side of the states, so I need to do as much as I can. If Mount Rushmore goes, I will look at flying into Rapid City from New York / Florida on my next trip
I look forward to your thoughts