This is the itinerary we ended up with.  It doesn’t resemble what we’d planned at the beginning of the summer much but that is the beauty of the journey, isn’t it?

Four Corners (New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado)

Salt Lake City & Antelope Island (Utah)

Twin Falls & Boise (Idaho)

Seattle (Washington)

Anchorage, Denali NP, Kenai Fjords NP, Seward, Gustavus, Glacier Bay NP, Wrangell, Anan Bay, Juneau (Alaska)

Seattle (Washington), again

Portland (Oregon)

Clarkston (Washington) & Lewiston (Idaho)

Bozeman (Montana)

Yellowstone NP (Idaho, Montana & Wyoming)

Grand Tetons NP (Wyoming)

Mt. Rushmore National Memorial (South Dakota)

Bridgeport (Nebraska)

We can’t decide on an itinerary!  Our dilemma is that we want to see and do it all but have limited time and money.  We will spend the month of July on the road and we need to narrow down the list of parks we want to stop at.  As the date of our departure inches closer we’ll try to decide between one of these options.  If you have any advice we are wide open to suggestions and greatly appreciate all your comments.

Option A:

Camp at every one of these places and take a couple of days to visit each of them.  It would mean not going to Alaska…

Guadalupe Mountains National Park (Texas)

Carlsbad Caverns National Park (New Mexico)

Great Sand Dunes National Park (Colorado)

Salt Lake City (Utah)

Craters of the Moon National Monument (Idaho)

Crater Lake (Oregon)

Portland (Oregon)

Olympic National Park (Washington)

Seattle (Washington)

Glacier National Park (Montana)

Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming)

Mount Rushmore National Memorial (South Dakota)

Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado)

Option B:

Drive to Seattle which will take approximately three days (we do need sleep).  Hop a plane to Anchorage. Rent a car and spend three weeks visiting places such as Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park.  We’d even have time for a short cruise to see the glaciers, but we probably wouldn’t take our camping gear with us since we’d have to pay extra to bring it all on the plane.  This option would likely mean not visiting  any of the other continental national parks.

Option C:

We could simply fly to Anchorage or Fairbanks and do as Option B.

Option C makes the most logical sense but is the least attractive of the bunch for us.  We like the freedom of road travel and are looking forward to an uncharted course.  Option A is what we yearn for but it would mean postponing the visit to Alaska to some future time.  No wonder we can’t make up our minds!  Please weight in and help us out of our predicament.


8 thoughts on “2012

  1. Sonja

    I like B. With luck, Option A can happen another summer. Alaska is changing rapidly–I’d love to see it before it changes too much!


    • I’m afraid that you’re correct. At this rate, we really shouldn’t wait to visit Alaska or there won’t be much left to visit when we get around to it.


  2. Clare

    ARGH! That’s too hard! I have been to nearly all of option A and they all made such big and important impressions on my mind that I still feel moved when I think about them. I’ve never been to ALaska, but I”m sure it’s wonderful. Whatever you do, look out for bears. 🙂


  3. Vivian Luviano

    Every road would take you to a great happy vacation as long as you are together. ENJOY and send pics!!!


  4. Mina

    Sounds like you all are really looking forward to “freedom of the road.” That argues for A. There will be other years for C. Have a great time! Mina


  5. Brenda

    If you don’t mind the set up & take down, Option 1 sounds great. Very similar to what we did a few years ago and had a blast! We have been to many of the parks you list (several times to Olympic in Washington)—it’s a nice selection considering both beauty and diversity. I long to go to Alaska too!!! Tough decision!!


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