Hello! Thanks in advance for your help! This has been a difficult vacation for me to figure out!
We will arrive in Gardiner on a Saturday,around 11, coming from Billings, after being to The Badlands, Custer State Park, Mount Rushmore, etc... We are a family of 5, boys are 12,15,17. We go, go, go on vacation, we like touristy things, short hikes, restaurants vs picnics, animals, fun activities.
We have Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wed, Thurs, to spend in Yellowstone and The Grand Tetons.
We have reservations for the first 2 nights in Gardiner, the next two nights in West Yellowstone, and the final two nights in Jackson. Followed by the two days it will take to drive home to Oklahoma...
I can change the rooms, if necessary... I'm looking at the Top Ten Attractions in Yellowstone, looking at their map..trying to plan a route...
Thinking Saturday, arrive at 11, take a 1 whitewater rafting trip... until 3:30 ish... Would we then have time to enter Yellowstone Park and view the Mammoth Hot Springs area? What specifically should we not miss there?
Should spend that night in West Yellowstone???
Tuesday...Yellowstone lake... leaving there and drive to Jackson to spend the night?? That would put us in Jackson early..
The next two days spent in Grand Tetons...which we probably need two days!
So that would change it to Saturday night in Gardiner, Sun, Mon, nights in West Yellowstone, Tues, Wed, Thurs nights in Jackson... But... 4 days in Yellowstone and 2 in Grand Tetons... I think we want to do another whitewater trip in the Grand Tetons... and will work on other plans...
Please help!!! :-) I feel so lost!