I'm gonna need plenty of advice and recommendations for this one.
We're planning a "whirlwind tour of the west", heading out from Florida.
Our plan is to leave around Memorial Day, and get back home 7 weeks later.
Any advice on campgrounds, or specific places to visit, especially around any of our multi-night stays (rather than our 'just passing thru' stops) would be appreciated.
The only places along our trip that we've visited before are Chatanooga TN, Yellowstone, and Valley of Fire NV
We're hoping to mostly have full-hookup sites whenever possible, since that makes early departures so much easier
So far our rough itinerary is: -
Day 01 - Central FL to Chatanooga, TN - 580 miles
Day 03 - Chatanooga, TN to Danville, MO - 515 miles
Day 04 - Danville, MO to Goodland, KS - 575 miles
Day 05 - Goodland, KS to Breckenridge, CO - 310 miles
Need recommendations for Colorado
Day 08 - Breckenridge, CO to Yellowstone (likely Grant Village) - 524 miles
We've spent a couple of weeks around Yellowstone, so know the area, but not the campgrounds.
Day 11 - Yellowstone to Glacier National Park - 440 miles
Need recommendations for Glacier
Day 14 - Glacier National Park to Banff, AB, CA - 310-350 miles
3-night/2-day stay (could extend an extra day)
Need recommendations for Banff area
Day 17 - Banff to Spokane, WA ? - 360 miles
Need recommendations for somewhere to stay, preferably scenic, somewhere in the Spokane area (or anywhere along route to Bend, OR or Portland, OR)
Day 18 - Spokane, WA to Mt Hood area, OR ? - 300-350 miles
Need recommendations again
Day 20 - Mt Hood, OR to Redwood National Park, CA - 420 miles
Day 23 - Redwood Nat Park to Lake Tahoe - 390 - 420 miles
I've been told that South Lake Tahoe is a bit too touristy
so I'd rather find somewhere more nature-y
(but pref still with full-hookups)
Day 26 - Lake Tahoe to Yosemite - 195 miles
4-night/3-day stay in Yosemite
Campground and scenic spot recommendations plz.
(enjoy some moderate hiking, but nothing too extreme - lazy teenagers aren't used to strenuous hikes)
Day 30 - Yosemite to Carmel/Big-Sur CA - 200 miles
Thinking of staying at one of the campgrounds near Carmel, then driving without 5th wheel along to Cabrillo Hwy and back one day, and heading towards Santa Cruz the other day.
Day 33 - Carmel CA to Sequoia National Park - 240 miles
3-night/2-day stay in/near Sequoia Nat Park
More recommendations plz
Day 36 - Sequoia Nat Park to Valley of Fire, NV - 445 miles
(or possibly Lake Mead as alternative)
2-night/1-day stay in/near Valley of Fire
Sure hope our A/C (15K) survives summer NV temps
(it's ok in FL summer temps at least)
Day 38 - Valley of Fire, NV to Zion National Park, UT - 140 miles
3-night/2-day stay in/near Zion Nat Park
Day 41 - Zion Nat Park to Lake Powell, UT/AZ - 120 miles
2-night/1-day stay near Lake Powell
Thinking of doing a day boat trip or rental
Day 43 - Lake Powell, UT/AZ to Alburquerque, NM - 400 miles
Want to visit Sandia Peak/Crest
Day 45 - Alburquerque, NM to Wichita Falls, TX ? - 520 miles
Day 46 - Wichita Falls, TX to Jackson, MS ? - 550 miles
Day 47 - Jackson, MS to Florida Caverns State Park ? - 366 miles
Any suggestions of somewhere interesting to stop for a day between NM and FL, more-or-less along the route, would be welcome. (We've been to FL Caverns before, so would rather stop somewhere earlier, but don't want to spend a day somewhere just for the sake of it).
Day 49 - FL Caverns to Home ! - 345 miles
We're probably going to want to add an extra day or two of stays (to pad it out to 7 weeks plus an extra weekend), we just can't decide which stops to add extra time at. I'm thinking either Colorado area, or Banff area, or an extra day at Yellowstone to include Grand Teton (or even all of those)
Let the suggestions begin !