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Weight in 11-day road trip itinerary: Wyoming, YNP, CO.

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Weight in 11-day road trip itinerary: Wyoming, YNP, CO.

We are planning a road trip this summer round trip from Denver. There will be 5 adults and 3 kids (ages 4, 6 and 13). I'd love some feedback on our loose itinerary (below). We will be going June 13-23.

We are also debating between 2 cars (a sedan and a minivan) or one 12-passenger van (for about $400 more than the 2 cars combined). Open to thoughts on that, too.

We like to leave some time open to just go where the day takes us, but I'm open to other stops we should try to add to the list. I know that our initial day seems long. We like to do outdoor things and things that are unique to a given area. Budget-wise, we are pretty conservative, but willing to splurge when the experience calls for it. We plan to do a lot of picnics for lunches. With 2 little kids and a senior citizen (68) our hikes won't be too long. I've heard we should plan no longer than 1 mile per year of age (so no hikes over 4 miles). We are pretty casual, not needing anything fancy. We've done long road trips with this same group of family. Our kids are pretty-seasoned travelers considering their age.

Day 1: Denver (arrive at 7:30 am)

Laramie

Medicine Bow National Forest

Vedauwoo

Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site

Rock Springs - Dinner and overnight

Day 2 -

White Mountain Petroglyphs

Grand Teton National Park (3 hour 11 minute drive)

Hike – hidden falls, inspiration point, cascade canyon

Day 3

Grand Teton National Park

Snake River Float

Moose Junction

Day 4 6/16/15

Yellowstone National Park (2 hour 35 minute drive)

Day 5 6/17/15

Yellowstone National Park

Grand prismatic springs

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Overnight – West Yellowstone

Day 6 6/18/15

Yellowstone National Park

Old Faithful and the old faithful inn

Overnight – West Yellowstone

Day 7 6/19/15

Yellowstone National Park

Overnight – Mammoth Hot Springs

Day 8 6/20/15

Cody

Day 9 6/21/15

Thermopolis – Hot Spring, dinosaur Dig?

Overnight - Evansville, W

Day 10 6/22/15

Overnight – Estes Park

Day 11 6/23/15

Estes Park

Denver Airport flight home (flight departs at 8:50 pm)

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1. Re: Weight in 11-day road trip itinerary: Wyoming, YNP, CO.

If you post on the Wyoming/Yellowstone forum, you'll get some excellent advice from the YNP people.

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2. Re: Weight in 11-day road trip itinerary: Wyoming, YNP, CO.

thanks, I'll post there now.

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3. Re: Weight in 11-day road trip itinerary: Wyoming, YNP, CO.

Overall it seem decent.

where are you staying the night of day 4?

On Day 9 I would try and drive all the way down to Estes Park. Mornings are better there because of sun angles.

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4. Re: Weight in 11-day road trip itinerary: Wyoming, YNP, CO.

It looks fine though I would rather see you staying in YNP the entire time. Day tripping means you miss early mornings and evenings in the park. From Mammoth Hot Springs exit the NE gate to take the Beartooth Highway to Red Lodge then to Cody.

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