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Mmartinez10903

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Prospective travel trailer owner here. Looking to take family from Florida to Yellowstone for the summer. Can this be done adequately in a two-week block or will I need three weeks? How soon do I need to book our sites? Are there any places we “have” to see or stay at? Any insight is appreciated. I realize this is opening a giant can of worms.
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Mmartinez10903 wrote:

Prospective travel trailer owner here. Looking to take family from Florida to Yellowstone for the summer. Can this be done adequately in a two-week block or will I need three weeks? How soon do I need to book our sites? Are there any places we “have” to see or stay at? Any insight is appreciated. I realize this is opening a giant can of worms.
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Takes a 4 days to drive out and another 4 back if you don't stop and view the landscapes. Take 3 weeks to see everything.
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If you were hoping to go this summer, I would have booked my camping already.


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Inside YNP there are some first come/first serve campgrounds with no hookups that will probably be your only option if you want to stay inside the park. Otherwise check for openings at West Yellowstone for sites with hookups. P

It is over 2,300 miles Tampa to YNP south entrance. 600 miles is a long day. 600 miles for 4 straight days is really long. And that means no real stopping along the way. Even on interstates you will probably average about 55 mph factoring in rest stops, fuel stops, eating.

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The four day drive time is a bit optimistic unless you really push hard. It's about 2300 miles so you are talking about 600 mile days. And that is from North Florida, add another day from South Florida. If you don't know this it is a very bad idea to exceed 60 mph when towing a TT. We've made the trip a number of times from Florida and I'd put it at 5 days each way. With stops for fuel and other reasons you can probably figure on 50 mile/hr on average traveling. So that would be 12 hour days, start at 7 AM and drive to 7 PM. You'll be exhausted on arrival.

My advice try somewhere closer. One trick I used was to start the first day of a holiday preferably a Friday holiday. That gives another day or so and a two week block is actually 16 days since you have a weekend on each end if you start your vacation on a Monday.


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600 miles a day is way too much for my family.

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Well Rocky Mountain NP is about 1800 miles, 4 days easy travel, South Rim of the Grand Canyon is about 2000 miles or 4 and a half days. Rocky Mountains isn't the greatest NP but if your family has not been out west much you'll enjoy it. Lots of real mountains, Mountain Goats, Elks and so on. There are a number of other parks in Colorado's east side that you could visit too.

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When I was young we did such things. You need 3 weeks or it will be a driving marathon.

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We're from western NY and we've done Yellowstone twice using two weeks of vacation each time. In each of those trips we visited Badlands, Rushmore, Devils Tower, Yellowstone, Craters of the Moon and Grand Teton. It's 1900 miles to YNP from here so if you condense it to maybe just Yellowstone and Grand Teton, it can be done. We have dedicated "travel days"(about 700 miles a day)--a necessity for a trip like this. Do not listen to people who say it can't/shouldn't be done. If you're ok with the driving, do it. If you've never been there, it will be the trip of a lifetime, highly recommended!!
Sights in YNP; Old Faithful(of course), Lower Falls, Artist Point, Travertine Terraces in Mammoth Hot springs, Grand Prismatic Spring.
You might have luck in Grizzly RV Park in West Yellowstone but I'd call ASAP, the CGs in YNP will be a challenge to book this late. Colter Bay cg(not the one with hookups) in Grand Teton usually has spots open. Good luck!

* This post was edited 03/14/19 12:34pm by greyhook *

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Anything less than three weeks will leave you worn out from driving especially if towing a trailer is new to you. While Yellowstone should be on your "bucket list"; I would save it for when there is time for the journey to be as much fun as the destination.

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