I have been researching and reading until my eyes are crossed and I'm still confused about things so I figured this would be the best place to come for answers/suggestions!
First, we will be coming in July of 2010, flying in from the East coast and renting a car. We will have a week to 10 days for this trip. We are 4 adults all in our 50's, are reasonably fit, love the outdoors and hiking. We also want to visit and stay one or two nights in Grand Teton NP. Also will try and do this trip as budget friendly as possible, but not to the point that I will give up something of interest!
Would like to at least get our accommodations booked inside the parks, as I know from dealing with the Grand Canyon, they do book up quickly.
Airport? At first I thought Jackson, but I don't know how big this airport is and if it's the "right" one to fly into or is Salt Lake City a better choice or would you suggest another airport. Don't mind the extra driving time from them. Any thoughts on this?
Lodging for GTNP, would you recommend inside the park? Some suggestions that would fit our interests?
For Yellowstone this is where I'm a little overwhelmed! I can't seem to figure out which area. I'm leaning more towards Canyon for 3-4 nights (is this enough?), but would also like to see Old Faithful for sure. Would driving from Canyon to OF be doable for a day or should we spend a night here as well? Is there any other place in the park that we should look into for spending a couple of nights?
Of course I'll have lots more questions as it gets closer to our trip, but for now I'll stop here! I'm wide open for itinerary suggestion as well!
Any and all information/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!