Our family of 4 (2 adults/two 9-year olds) is driving to YNP in August and I need advice on where to stay for our half-way points. We've already got reservations for 3 nts in YNP and 1 nt in GTNP (in that order). I want to know if we should return from GTNP via YNP or try to drive down to Jackson and then back up?
Also, does it make any difference in time if I drive out of West Yellowstone to hook back up with I-90 or should I exit the North Entrance instead?
I'm trying to determine travel times as well as points of interest outside the parks. Do I stay in Missoula or Butte as my half-way point stops? Or any other suggestions?
My kids would probably enjoy a ghost town like Virginia City along the way but not sure how much time to allow for that either.
Any advice is appreciated as I've been combing the forums and reading everything but can't find these particulars!