Okay, so we are about to take our once in a lifetime trip out west and it is a bit overwhelming! I am looking for any help I can get in planning. First, we WILL NOT do the trip in different parts - we are going to take 3 weeks and do all the must-do's in one grand vacation. We have a beautiful spot on the beach that we are only going to give up for one summer, so this is our one and only chance, haha!
The places we are planning on seeing (in order): Badlands (SD), Mount Rushmore, Devil's Tower, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Great Salt Lake, Tahoe, San Francisco, Muir Woods, Carmel, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Coyote Butte, Monument Valley, Rocky Mountain National Park, Stanley's Hotel, and Denver, CO. Any ideas???? We were going to leave out Rocky Mountain NP, Stanley's, and Denver and go to the Painted Desert instead, but I am pretty stuck on seeing Colorado.
Also, I think we are going to drive the whole thing. There is a lot of driving no matter how you cut it and my husband is not a fan of flying, plus money is an issue. We are open to flying, but it would have to really save on the driving time and be relatively cheap. Any thoughts???
If it helps, my husband and I have one teenage daughter. We are all pretty easy going, like a new adventure, are not into partying, and LOVE snorkeling & fishing (I don't think we'll get that on this trip, but it does tell you something about us). My daughter has one request: She wants to take a surfing lesson, which we will do in Carmel. I have a weird interest in the paranormal, but I don't do much with it and try not to talk too much about it in front of my daughter. That is, however, why I want to visit Stanley's. Although we will be doing quite a bit during our trip, my husband HATES days crammed with sightseeing. That is why I tried to plan one or two things to do each day, instead of many. That should help you know some of our likes/dislikes.
If there is any insight you can give us into our trip, please do! I will take what works with our family and lifestyle, but consider all. Thanks in advance for being a part of our planning!!:)