I'll be traveling with my teenage son in early July. This will be our first trip to Yellowstone/Grand Teton. I've been scouring these boards for information, reading travel guides and books. I've finally put together an itinerary for our trip. Let me know what you think of it...
Day 1 - We arrive late morning in Bozeman. I plan to stop at a store in Bozeman, or a town on the way, for supplies - bear spray, non perishable food, etc. Once in the park, I plan on stopping at the Mammoth park headquarters and walk around the upper and lower terraces. Then we will head east to check in at Roosevelt Lodge. After that, we'll head out to hike the Yellowstone River Picnic Trail.
Day 2 - Get an early start and hike the trail to Trout Lake. After that, we'll head out of Yellowstone to travel the Beartooth Highway, stopping at various sites. We plan to get back into Yellowstone late afternoon for our horseback ride/cowboy cookout that we reserved through Roosevelt Lodge. If we have time before the cookout, we'll go and check out Tower Falls.
Day 3 - Another early start and straight to Lamar Valley to hopefully see some wildlife. From there, we'll head south to see the Grand Canyon area where we will try to arrive in time to see the rainbow effect on the lower falls. We'll hike the south rim trail from Uncle Tom's Trail to Artist Point. Then, we'll drive to Observation Point. I would like to stop by Hayden Valley later in the afternoon. Then, we'll head to Old Faithful Lodge to check in for our next two nights. If we are early enough, we'll probably hike up to Observation Point.
Day 4 - I plan to rent bikes for the day and ride the Lone Star trail, the trail to Morning Glory, and the Daisy Geyser to Biscuit Basin route. I'd also like to catch a Grand Geyser eruption. I know it only erupts every 8 - 10 hours, and you need to arrive an hour or two before the next predicted eruption.
Day 5 - We'll start out the day on the geyser boardwalks, hopefully seeing an eruption or two. We might hike up to Observation Point, if we didn't already do it the other day. Then, we'll head south into Grand Teton National park and basically drive through it, stopping at a few sites - Oxbow Bend, Mormon Row. We'll continue on to Jackson for a mid-afternoon whitewater trip. After the trip, we'll spend some time in Jackson for the evening. We'll head back into the park and check in at Jackson Lake Lodge.
Day 6 - We'll head over to Jenny Lake and take the shuttle boat across the lake. We plan on hiking to Lake of the Crags. Later in the afternoon, we'll head over to the marina on Jackson Lake and rent a motor boat for a couple of hours.
Day 7 - We plan on starting the day by taking the tram up Rendezvous Mountain and hiking up there for a while. Once we come back down, we'll head back into Yellowstone, stopping at West Thumb Geyser Basin, and then heading to Fountain Paint Pots. We'll then leave Yellowstone through the west entrance, stopping at the Grizzly Bear & Wolf Discovery Center(if we have time). Then we are driving to the town of Dillon to stay one night there.
Day 8 - We are planning on seeing Coolidge & Bannack ghost towns. Then we will head back to Bozeman for out late afternoon flight home.
Let me know what you think. Is there anything I should drop from the plan? Is there something you would recommend I add? Thanks for any input.