I am doing early planning for a trip in 2008 from Nashville to Yellowstone, so we are still over 13 months out. I plan to start making reservations in late fall/ early winter.
We are planning to drive, but I will make reservations in a way where if a really good airline deal from Nashville to Denver comes up next spring, we could change plans, fly and maybe add in a couple of days in RMNP. (While I dread the drive, I really want my kids to experience the change in the landscape between our home in Tennessee through the plains and into the mountains.)
We will have 14 days. I am planning for 6 days of driving. We plan to spend 2 days in the Badlands and Black Hills, 4 days in Yellowstone and 2 days in the Grand Tetons.
Here is my question. Which order would you recommend?
1. To Black Hills
2. Then to Yellowstone via Cody
3. Last visit GTNP
1. To GTNP
2. Then to Yellowstone
3. Last visit the Black Hills via Cody
The practical part of me prefers plan B. It gives us a shorter trip home after our last stop.
The other side of me would prefer to have GTNP as the last leg of the trip (I think Jackson Hole is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. It has been 35 years, and I can still see the mountains reflect off of Jackson Lake in my mind), but we would be looking at a 3 day drive home.
I have been to GTNP and Yellowstone when I was 12 and can't wait for my kids and wife to experience them.
Any comments would be welcome. I've got plenty of time and am just fact gathering at this point. I have learned so much from this site. Thanks to everyone for sharing your experiences.