Hello TripAdvisor Experts,
My family would like to visit the Yellowstone NP area. We plan to visit from May 24-June 3. Our group will include four 20 somethings, 2 fifty somethings, and the grandma and grandpa early 70s. We want to SEEEEE Yellowstone, not just drive Yellowstone. However, we would also like to visit Custer State Park, Badlands, and see both Mt. Rushmore and and the Crazy Horse Memorial. It seems that lodging in Yellowstone is already booked for most of the time we can spend there so we are considering a vacation rental that might serve as a central location (is that even possible). We noticed that many people rave about the Beartooth Hwy and also combine the visit of Yellowstone with Grand Teton NP. Some things that would interest us would be wildlife photography tours, fishing tours, and horseback riding. We would also consider a family class I or II white water rafting tour. We have visions of family fireside evenings and smores and since it is a vacation we would love to not have to be up at the break of dawn every day. Definitely want to see and experience wildlife of the parks as well as geysers.
That gives you a little of an idea of the kind of things we like to do. So, in 10 days in May is this even a possibility? Where would you suggest as an airport destination to see the items we have mentioned? Should we skip the vacation idea and just do hotels closer by each park? What kind of car do we need to rent (we already know we will need two)? Does anyone know if Rv companies will set up an RV in the park so we wouldn't have to drive it ourselves? The camping idea sounds fun, but we have never camped so no idea how to do anything related to RVing. What would be your not to be missed experiences in the area? Just any advice would be awesome......since we can't get lodging in the park, should we put it off a year and reserve earlier for next year? and can a May visit be fun or will we just be snowed out of everything? So many questions....thank you for any advice you can offer.