We are family of 4 (2 adults and 2 girls age 7 & 10). We’ll be visiting Yellowstone and Grand Teton this summer. After doing some initial research below is what I’m thinking for our trip. Looking for advise on itinerary to make sure we cover what we can during our trip. I understand our lodging situation is not the best within YS park, but we are doing this trip with another 2 families. So this is what we could get from lodging prospective when we booked it last December.
Day 1 - Jun 23, Saturday - Fly into Cody late night.
Day 2 - June 24, Sunday - Buffalo Bill Center, Rodeo & Cook out. Trip to grocery store to get supplies: cooler, bear spray, food and picnic items). Overnight in Cody.
Day 3 - June 25, Monday - Meet friends around 10 AM at north east entrance (they will be coming rapid city). Do Lamar Valley, Tower-Roosevelt, Tower Fall & Mount Washburn, Mount Washburn Trail. If possible end of day cowboy cookout at Roosevelt lodge (6:00 PM) and drive to Mammoth Lodge for overnight stay. Would it be possible to 6:00 PM dinner and then drive. Hoping it won’t be too dark by the time we reach the lodge.
Day 5 - June 27, Wednesday - The Grand Canyon (2 hours to Half Day) and the Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. Artist Point, Uncle Tome's Trail. End of day drive to Grant Lodge for overnight stay.
Day 9 - July 1, Sunday - In GTNP, 42 Mile Scenic Loop Drive in GTNP. Ferry at Jenny Lake to the trailheads for Inspiration Point and Hidden Falls. If possible, do Cascade Canyon. Lunch around 1:30 at Jackson lake lodge. 1 hour narrative boat tour on Jackson Lake. Hike/kayak around Jackson lake. End of day drive back to Virginia lodge in Jackson hole.
Day 10 - July 2, Monday- In GTNP, start early and do snake river float or rafting. Tram/Gondola at Teton Village. End of day drive to Virginia lodge in Jackson hole. Attend Hootenanny at Dornan's. Need recommendations on what else we can do this day.
Day 11 - July 3, Tuesday - Overnight stay is Canyon lodge. Thinking of covering east Yellowstone area again. Need recommendations on what else we can do this day if east Yellowstone is covered in day 3 & 5.
Day 12, July 4, Fly home from Cody. Flight is around noon. What time should be leave canyon lodge in the morning. I was thinking around 9 AM. Please advise.
Please advise if this looks good or any other recommendations you have. Looking into zip inning or paragliding but not sure if it would be worth the time & cost.