A year ago we started planning an epic summer road trip, our goal was to visit as many of the national parks in the west as possible – but how could we do this with a good start and then a reward we could dangle in front of the kids as we spent a month on road camping…. Here is to HGV and helping us complete our summer road tripping with kids!
The answer came to us one weekend while taking a look at the route, seeing what booking windows were open and what time frame we could make it all happen. If you draw a line from Utah to Montana (our goal Parks were all along this corridor) we saw that it would be possible to fly into Las Vegas, and then with a little backtracking, fly home from Salt Lake City. It took another minute for us to realize that we could start the trip at our HGVC property in Las Vegas – The Elara – and finish up with a couple of days at the HGVC resort in Park City where we had just spent time skiing.
It turned out that my boys and I drove from Alabama to Las Vegas in late June, a fun-filled 5 days on the road towing the travel trailer and then met my wife and daughter at the Elara after they flew in. The boys and I were so happy to see the glistening blue of the Elara and inviting swimming pool after 5 hot days driving. The comfort and luxury of the hotel suite was a welcome rest after getting acclimated to the thin mattresses and cramped spaces of the camping trailer. After a few days of exploring Las Vegas and taking in all the sights and sounds, we decamped into the waiting trailer and headed out to Utah. My wife and I were super excited to hit the trails, the kids were sad to leave the comfort of the suite behind, including the comforts of wifi, room service, and the sparkling blue pool. Not long after we were hunkering down in the desert, 5 of us sharing an 18ft trailer, hiking, bike riding and enjoying the outdoors for a month while we rolled through all the parks on the way to Montana.
4 weeks later, after a few thousand miles of driving, one broken collarbone and tons of adventure we left glorious Glacier National Park and started our way back to Park City where we knew the HGVC resort waited for us. Again we were greeted by a sparkling pool, clean sheets, a super huge suite where everyone could stretch out and find their own space. It was a great way to spend 3 days together reliving the fun of the adventure but enjoying the luxuries of the resort. After a couple of days, the family flew home and I spent a few more weeks driving back to Alabama.
As we plan our next adventure we’re again thinking of how to anchor the start and end points with HGVC or RCI resorts so we can have a great start and really welcome finish to the trip before the reality of heading home really settles in.