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I am trying to plan a trip for 4 families with 9yr olds. We want to see it all, being...

I am trying to plan a trip for 4 families with 9yr olds. We want to see it all, being from Hawaii. We want to see yellowstone, glacier, banff and jasper. Can you suggest must sees? How about suggested # of days to stay at each?
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     asked this on April 08, 2011 at 01:39 PM
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Wow, what a fantastic trip. That's a lot of driving, too, but certainly falls into the Trip of a Lifetime category! There's some great family-friendly hikes in all those spots, plus camping, too, if that's your style. Another option to consider would be renting an RV. Yellowstone's 10,243-foot Mt. Washburn is a ideal peak if your group wants to bag an attainable summit. The payoff on this six-mile round-trip is 360-degree views of the country's first national park, including the maw of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River in the river valley below and the distant Grand Tetons on a clear day. You might see mountain goats, too! Many Yellowstone make the journey to Glacier by way of Flathead Lake, Missoula, and Kalispell, all worthy detours. Enjoy Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier but get off the asphalt for a gobsmacking three-mile hike up Mt. Oberlin via Clements Saddle. One of the best family hikes in the park! Then it's onward to Banff. A simply amazing part of the world. The drive up the Icefields Parkway is a must, though I'd be inclined to say base yourself exclusively around Banff to get the most out of this outdoor treasure. Honestly, give yourself three weeks, at least two, to really make the most of this itinerary. Here are some links to some additional info for you and your group:
Yellowstone Family Guide:
Glacier Family Guide:
Banff Family Guide:
Guide to RVing:
Yellowstone-to-Glacier Itinerary:
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