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Fly drive route for 2005

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1. Posted by UK (Budding Member 33 posts) 11y

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Well I've just about got the itinerary sorted out for this years jaunt to the unexplored (by me) parts of the USA.

Day 1 Arrive Salt Lake City late in the day. Pick up the van and stay overnight.
Day 2 Drive up to Idaho Falls 215 miles and 3.5 hours driving. See the zoo, play in the pool with the kids.
Day 3 Drive to West Yellowstone taking the long route through Swan Valley and Driggs up the western edge of the Tetons. 168 miles and around 3 hours 50 mins driving.
Day 4 Drive through the northern part of Yellowstone and out on the Bear Tooth highway to Billings. 220 miles and 5.5 hours driving.
Day 5 See Little Big Horn Battlefield and maybe Pompeys Pillar. Stay Billings again.
Day 6 Drive to Great Falls. 255 miles and 4 hrs 45 mins.
Day 7 Stay in Great Falls. Lewis and clark stuff. Waterpark for the kids (and Dad !)
Day 8 Drive to St Marys on the edge of Glacier. See the Plains Indian Museum in Browning en route. 176 miles and 3 hours driving.
Day 9 Drive the going to the sun road through Glacier to Kalispell 120 miles and 2.5 hours driving. Take all day with many stops and brief hikes.
Day 10 Drive to Salmon Idaho stopping off in Missoula over lunch. 267 miles and 5 hours 20 mins driving.
Day 11 Drive to Sun Valley / Ketchum. 170 miles and 4 hours driving.
Day 12 Stay in Ketchum - maybe do Craters of the Moon (see tomorrow)
Day 13 Drive via Craters of the moon down to Salt Lake City. 300 miles and 5.5 hours driving.
Day 14 See some of Salt Lake city
Day 15 Fly home.

Anybody got any upgrades, suggested changes, places I must see before I'm totally committed to this ?

UK

2. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

AWESOME itinerary!! Looks like you have given this a lot more thought that most do planning a trip! (I will be looking you up to help me with my travel plans! ;)
By the way...WELCOME to TP UK!
:)

3. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 11y

Hello,

Do you want to see just the Grand Tetons, or do you would you go further into Yellowstone National Park? If you do, I could suggest some thing, at least one thing, to see while you're there. Just a day hike, and so not too be missed.

Peace,
Steph

4. Posted by UK (Budding Member 33 posts) 11y

Quoting CupCake

AWESOME itinerary!! Looks like you have given this a lot more thought that most do planning a trip! (I will be looking you up to help me with my travel plans! ;)
By the way...WELCOME to TP UK!
:)

I've been taking holidays like this for years now, and the one thing that time and time again gets re-enforced to me is that you must do a lot of thinking and planning to get the most from your trip. (I'll happily try and help anybody with fly drive travel plans).

UK

5. Posted by UK (Budding Member 33 posts) 11y

Quoting bluewaav

Hello,

Do you want to see just the Grand Tetons, or do you would you go further into Yellowstone National Park? If you do, I could suggest some thing, at least one thing, to see while you're there. Just a day hike, and so not too be missed.

Peace,
Steph

Hi Steph,

We've been to Yellowstone twice and seen the Tetons from the East twice, hence this route which takes us somewhere new.

UK