I am in the preliminary stages of planning our biennial vacation for 2014 and could use some advice. We are an extended family of 7 adult, ranging from 40s to 75ish, plus a 6 year old – and for the first time we will have a toddler around 1 ½ years old. The 6 year old went to Alaska with us last year and loves our adventures. We will fly in and rent a large van wherever we decide upon.
We usually travel for around 2 weeks decided the next trip should be somewhere around the Wyoming, South Dakota, or Montana area. We move around so it’s not unusual to change locations 2 or 3 times during a trip. I started thinking of suggesting a few days in Yellowstone. After spending a week looking online, I’m not so sure.
My concern is that Yellowstone may not be the best place to visit with a young toddler. We love historical museums and sites and enjoy easy activities – some like to hike while we all love things like a gentle float trip on a river and guided tours. We also drive ourselves around a lot but Yellowstone may be too much for this trip with the young one.
So, after my long introduction, I could use some help. Is there enough to do in an area or two of Yellowstone or will we end up spending most of our days in our rental van?
I’m also researching the following places to fill out our trip – Cody, Sheridan, all the way over to Mt Rushmore and Custer State Park. As you can tell, there are just so many choices – but where we stay will need enough to fill our out days without spending every single day driving long distances. I'm just not used to planning for a toddler and it's kind of feaking me out :-).