We're going to be taking our first trip to Yellowstone in August of 2013. We are a family of 4 - my wife and I are healthy and in our 30s - our kids will be 6 and 9. We will have 6 full days to spend seeing everything we can. I have reservations at Fishing Bridge where we hope to spend very little time and will be using it simply as a place to sleep, shower, and likely eat breakfast/dinner.
We are into hiking but like to keep them to 5 miles or less round trip. My kids are tough as nails and can handle most. We would much rather see something up close than to look at it form the designated area with the masses. We are the type to see something last second and decide to check it out instead of pressing on with a strict schedule.
I have dipped into the Yellowstone Treasures book and read through tons of posts here and elsewhere online.. but I'm over-whelmed. This is proving to be our hardest trip to plan.
I know we want to hit the top 10 commonly referenced here. We'd also like to make sure we hit a rodeo. Besides that.. who knows. Without figuring things down to the minute, how would you plan out our 6 days? What direction would you head in each day?