We want to do a Teton, Yellowstone, and Mt. Rushmore trip from 8/22 - 8/31/13 and looking for advice for our trips. We've been to Yosemite last year and it was great. Our party includes 2 adults and 12 year and 8 year old sons. Our boys are active and can do easy to moderate hiking. We plan to fly in to Jackson on Thurs 8/22 and out of Denver on Sat 3/31. We only have plans to float or whitewater rafting on 8/23 in Teton in the morning and may be drive around the park to sightsee afterwards. We are not sure of which hotels to book. So far all the hotels in the park are available except for Old Faithfull area. We are still waiting for 8/26 to open up so we can book 3 or 2 nights together at OF. Please let us know if our time allocation in each area is good. Do I need to add more time for drive to Mt. Rushmore? Also please advice on scenic drive to Mt. Rushmore and things we could do on the way there. Do we need to add one more day to our trip so that we are not so rush (may be arriving on 8/21)? Thanks for all your help.
Aug 22 fly into Jackson in the late afternoon - sleep in Jackson
Aug 23 float or whitewater in Teton - sleep in Jackson or Yellowstone?
Aug 24 Mammoth or Lake?
Aug 25 OF Snow Lodge
Aug 26 Yellowstone (not secure lodging yet)
Aug 27 OF Snow Lodge
Aug 28 Canyon Lodge
Aug 29 Stop by Cody on way to Mt. Rushmore - sleep in Keystone
Aug 30 Mt. Rushmore - sleep in Keystone or Denver?
Aug 31 fly out from Denver
Thank you for your help.Edited: 6:02 pm, March 25, 2013