Please help a family of four with an outdoorsy but non-camping trip to the Grand Tetons and Salt Lake City!
Our family of four (Mom, Dad, 2 boys ages 8 & 12) wants to enjoy Yellowstone Park, the Grand Tetons, and possibly shoot down to the Salt Lake City area for about a week in late July 2012. We love the outdoors, but can't bring camping gear. Will we be able to find spontaneous lodging in cheap hotels or cabins for under $100 per night - or do we need to book everything waaay in advance? [more inside]
Got any tips for family fun for 24 hours in Sacramento, CA in July? [more inside]
We'll be camping with the kids (5 yrs and 18 months) for 2 nights, with a cooler full of ice and a tiny sterno stove. Got any suggestions for no-cook (or very-little-cook) family meals - besides cheese and crackers and baby carrots?