Hi All (again)
Thanks for all your help so far, but I have more questions in relation to Yellowstone.
I am still trying to work out a basic itinerary so I can finalise lodging, but it is difficult because lodging and camping in Canyon and Tower-Roosevelt will be closed for the season. So this is what I was thinking....
September 22nd - explore Mammoth Hot Springs then spend the rest of the day exploring the canyon area and perhaps doing a short hike. Drive to West Yellowstone. O/N in West Yellowstone.
September 23rd - explore Hayden Valley and lake area. Again maybe doing a short hike? Drive back to West Yellowstone. O/N in West Yellowstone.
September 24th - Geyser day. Explore geyser areas and old faithful. O/N at the Old Faithful Inn (if a room ever becomes available).
September 25th - Head to Grand Tetons/Jackson.
Does this itinerary sound reasonable or is the level of backtracking it entails utterly ridiculous? We could camp two nights at Mammoth but I am not sure if that will save us any time.
Also, we thought two nights in West Yellowstone instead of a full three nights at Old Faithful purely to save some cash.
I know this basic itinerary also skips the area between Norris and Mammoth. Is that a big loss?
Again, any ideas and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks so much!