We are a family of 5 – mom, dad, 3 boys ages 16, 12, & 8. Our travel dates are June 7th – June 23rd. I have one extra night to add somewhere to our itinerary. I’m looking for suggestions on where to add it and why.
Here is our basic itinerary:
1 night Jackson, MN hotel en route from Wisconsin
1 night Badlands KOA, SD: Badlands hiking
2 nights in Custer State Park camping cabins: Jewel Cave, hike & fish in park
1 night Beartooth Inn, Cody: attend rodeo, museum next morning
1 night Canyon frontier cabin: stop at Yellowstone Lake area & Mud Volcano on way, Canyon hiking.
2 nights Roosevelt Rough Rider Cabin: drive into Lamar Valley, hiking (good shorter hikes in this area and possibly whitewater rafting out of Gardiner).
1 night Old Faithful Inn Old House room: Geyser Day – en route to OF stop at Mammoth and Geyser Basin areas from Mammoth to OF. OF area evening or early a.m.
2 nights Flying Saddle Resort in Alpine, WY: stop at West Thumb and some Grand Teton sights on the way. Staying in Alpine to do Snake River whitewater rafting, horseback riding, fishing, and possibly A.T.V.ing. All these are very convenient to Alpine.
1 night Signal Mountain Lodge, GTNP: Tram on the way, Teton hikes.
1 night Chamberlain, SD: via Devil’s Tower
1 night Hotel near Mall of America, MN: Mall of America & Nickelodeon Universe
Home to Wisconsin
Extra night option 1: Add night in Alpine. Even though we have 2 nights there it will only be one full day to do things. We have a lot of activities we want to do in the area. Also, this hotel has modern conveniences (BATHROOMS, WiFi, TV, pool, hot tub, microwave, fridge) which will be appreciated at this point in our trip, especially by our teenager.
Extra night option 2: Add night to Old Faithful. I don’t want to short change Yellowstone. Another night at OF would give us more time in the thermal areas, but I know it is the busiest part of the park, and is another night really needed?
Extra night option 3: Add night to Roosevelt, Canyon, or add night at Mammoth (maybe convenient if we do whitewater rafting out of Gardiner).
What do you recommend?