Hello! We are planning a big western national parks road trip for Summer 2017. We are planning to visit YNP and GTNP for 4 nights, but could stay longer. We will be driving from SLC and have out camping gear with us as we plan to camp in Glacier National Park after Yellowstone. We have read mixed things about camping in YNP and are wondering if Lodges are a better experience? We have camped before and have equipment. We have 3 kids ages 10, 8 and 4.
In your opinion would you stay in a lodge or camp for a first time visit. We are thinking of camping in one of the more developed sites, either Canyon or Canyon. I haven't researched much about GTNP yet, but we are open to camping there, as well. We will drive through GTNP on our way to Yellowstone, so could spend a day there or we could spend more time if you think it's a better experience than Yellowstone? Because setting up and taking down camp takes time, I think we would prefer to just camp in 1 location. Does this sound right?
Thanks for any input. Trying to get this figured out before reservations open on May 1.