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Seattle to Denver

Seattle to Denver

This is a six week trip adapted to the pace of young children aged between 0 and 6 years old. It takes 41 days and 5.177 km (3.217 miles) to travel.

From Seattle to Denver, this trip combines a variety of scenic driving routes through 9 states, 8 National Parks, 5 National Monuments and 2 National Recreation Areas. Some activities will give you the opportunity to discover the rich diversity of Bureau of Landmanagement Land, National Forests or National Wildlife Refuges. Some are famous an...
This is a six week trip adapted to the pace of young children aged between 0 and 6 years old. It takes 41 days and 5.177 km (3.217 miles) to travel.

From Seattle to Denver, this trip combines a variety of scenic driving routes through 9 states, 8 National Parks, 5 National Monuments and 2 National Recreation Areas. Some activities will give you the opportunity to discover the rich diversity of Bureau of Landmanagement Land, National Forests or National Wildlife Refuges. Some are famous and some are less known attractions, but they're all carefully planned, so you can get the most out of your vacation.

Visit one of the most active volcanoes in the USA and be amazed by its dramatically changed landscape as the result of an eruption in 1980: Mount St. Helens. On the road there's much more to learn about volcanoes. Crater lake, the deepest lake in the USA, rests inside a caldera formed approximately 7,700 years ago. At Newberry National Monument you will be able to see cinder cones, miles of basalt flows, as well as rhyolite flows of obsidian. And of course there is Yellowstone National Park, where you can find the world's largest collection of geysers.
Meet the most massive trees on earth as you explore a giant sequoia grove at Yosemite National Park. Outstanding natural geologic formations can be found in Arches National Park, with over 2,000 catalogued arches. In Rocky Mountain National Park you will be in the highest national park in the USA. More than one-third of the park is above treeline. See aweinspiring waterfalls, spectacular canyons, red tinted cliffs as far as the eye can see. All of this natural beauty is exposed in different ecosystems: sub-alpine, alpine tundra, coastal, forest and desert.

Learn about native history and culture by discovering the traces Native Americans left behind through petroglyphs, ruins or listen to a story teller.

Have fun with your kids and discover the pages on the National Park Service websites dedicated to them. Junior ranger programs, stroller-friendly hikes, meeting a park
ranger are all possibilities. Go horseback riding with your children, try out fishing, kayaking, boating, rafting. Or how about a biking tour against the backdrop of the stunning Teton Mountains, or a bottle-feeding bear cubs experience at Yellowstone Bear World. Visit a cave, let them trace the fossilized footprints of dinosaur. Their fantastic remains are still visible embedded in the rocks at Dinosaur National Monument. Participate in and enjoy many events you will find along the road.

You will encounter all kind of wildlife: grizzly and black bears, wolves, mountain lions, elk, bison, pronghorn, moose, bighorn sheep, wild horses. You'll also see a variety of birds, including bald eagles. And not to forget a huge amount of squirrels and other small animals. Check visitor centers for best viewing locations.

Whether your passion is science, adventure, history or scenery, this trip includes it all.

Because of the number of parks you will visit, we suggest to buy an annual pass via http://www.store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html.

Don't be overwhelmed by the length of this trip. Feel free to fill in this tour as an adaptation or complement to your own tour. You can easily change this trip by deleting a stop and choosing another stop on this site or shorten this trip by taking off 1 or 2 days from each stop.
Explore the links and find out more about what to do on the given location. You can always change or fill in your own information notes (when you're logged on).
Keep in mind that the distance of 5.177 km (3.217 miles) is calculated based on the proposed stops. Changing this trip, changes the calculated distance! Also keep in mind that local excursions easily add some km or miles to your tour. The suggested excursions provided in this trip will easily double your travel distance.
This is a six week trip adapted to the pace of young children aged between 0 and 6 years old. It takes 41 days and 5.177 km (3.217 miles) to travel.

From Seattle to Denver, this trip combines a variety of scenic driving routes through 9 states, 8 National Parks, 5 National Monuments and 2 National Recreation Areas. Some activities will give you the opportunity to discover the rich diversity of Bureau of Landmanagement Land, National Forests or National Wildlife Refuges. Some are famous an...

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Inyo

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Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area Visitor Center

This site serves as an anchor point to get the shortest driving directions to reach Lake Mead National Recreation Area. It is also a very nice picnic stop.


Info for this point: Located in the Mono Lake Ranger District
 
Day 12:Driving: From Inyo National Forest Mono Basin Visitor Center to Alan Bible Visitor Center (via US-95 S) your estimated driving time is 6 hours.