Agreed that Grand Canyon is a must-see, and Monument Valley is on my bucket list. However, Danny's right, August will be hot there. And there is no way, in 2 weeks, you can do justice to both Yellowstone/Tetons and Grand Canyon. Therefore, save GC/Monument Valley for another, later trip, preferably spring or fall, and do the northern parks for your honeymoon.
Congratulations! Campfire Time has some excellent advice. Assuming you have only 2 weeks, then Yellowstone & the Tetons might actually be plenty for your destination; it's going to take you several days to get out here from Cincinnati and several days to get back. Yellowstone is huge and you'll be driving a lot within the park - whether you hike or not. Those 2 parks are contiguous and the same one-time entry fee ($25 for a week, I believe) works for both parks. IMO, you can't beat these parks for a place to honeymoon! There is no way you can see Yellowstone in a day, or even two - allow a minimum of 3 full days for that park, plus a minimum of one day for the Tetons. We're not hikers, but there are some dandy ones we or friends have done: in the Tetons, take the boat across Jenny Lake to Hidden Falls & Inspiration Point; in Yellowstone, Storm Point, Shoshone Lake and Natural Bridge are some possibilities. Other activities you could consider: horseback riding, scenic boat tour on Yellowstone Lake, rafting in the Tetons, the stagecoach/horseback ride with steak dinner at Roosevelt Lodge in Yellowstone. (Advance reservations required for the last one, through the concessioner Xanterra.)
From Yellowstone to Glacier is a long one-day or a two-day trip, one way, should you be interested in seeing that park as well, so be sure to allow for that.
And if you are going to any of them, make reservations ASAP! They are very popular and the chances of finding a campsite available, just showing up last-minute, are not good. This is true even of CGs outside the park. (You can visit the Tetons in a day trip from West Yellowstone; it will be a full day.)
x2 on the Rockwood Mini-Lites. We prefer slideouts and we have one, but they make several models without slides. If you don't find Rockwood in your area, also check for Flagstaff brand. They're twins, but have a slightly different scheme for "numbering" their models.
Ditto bikendan. We really enjoyed our HTT for the 3 years we had it, but did find it uncomfortable to sleep in when "turtled" due to bad weather (i.e. pouring rain for 24+ hours). Other than that, no real issues. If we hadn't gone "just looking" at TTs one spring, "for future reference," we'd probably have kept it a few more years. :)
Does the truck have a towing package? If so, I don't see a problem. We towed a 7600-lb TT with our 1/2 ton for 6 years without any difficulty. (Mountains included.) Congrats on your return to camping (in comfort)!
Welcome - and have a wonderful, enjoyable holiday on this side of the pond!
Sounds like a great plan and a lot of fun. But I'll echo what someone else said and suggest you consider a small "Class C" motorhome instead. Lots of these available used. You should be able to find a good one that will carry you cross-county and back for $20,000 or less. This will leave you some cash leftover to get off the road and stay in local hotels, cabins or B&Bs when you feel like it. You could consider paying for a roadside assistance program like CoachNet to help handle any breakdowns that might occur on the road with an unfamiliar vehicle (less than $100 for a year's coverage).
Although we are fans of towable RVs, we did own a small motorhome years ago, and found it quite enjoyable in many ways. I echo the advice above, and would add that the extra savings may also help you with those city visits, and in other places where you might like to leave the camper parked and do some sightseeing by rental car. Enterprise is one rental car company that is often found in cities or other locations that are not at the airport.
The advice about buying a Class C motorhome from an RV rental company is also worth considering. In any case, I think your budget won't stretch far enough to get the kind of 5th wheel, and a truck that can pull it well, that you may need.
As far as RV Park recommendations, you're covering so much area that I'd suggest you check the site rvparkreviews.com. A lot of us use it; it's reviews of RV parks, including a few public parks (state-, federal- or locally-run), throughout the U.S. (and I believe Canada). It's a good place to start.
Good luck to you!
Well, it won't fit the budget bill, but a decent 18' B+ with rear entry is made by Chinook. Not sure how they are doing these days (they've gone out of business several times, then been resurrected, over the years) and their RVs are relatively expensive. Nice little units. We had a used one for a while, back in the early 80s. There aren't many of them around so finding a used one isn't something you can count on.
Had a 34' Flagstaff (twin to Rockwood) for 6 years, took it on several long trips, at least 2 per year, and never had any trouble with the floor. Workmanship for a lightweight trailer was good, we thought, and lots of thoughtful little details not found in other brands of trailers we looked at.
You'll probably be ok, but as mentioned, you'll definitely know it's there. You may think that 600 lbs of gear in the TT is enough, but don't forget that water weighs a heck of a lot. Unless you plan to travel with all your tanks completely empty, you have to factor in water weight as well as the weight of your stuff. (And trust me, your stuff will weigh more than you think it does. Our last TT we had a small cargo capacity, and had to be careful what we carried. Nevertheless, we probably exceeded those limits a time or two.)
The drive to Yellowstone from Cody is about one hour just to the entrance. Then you have to plan on about another hour drive to get anywhere within the park. Add on the drive back to Cody and you can see why Cody is not a good home base for Yellowstone. However I recommend a stay in Cody just to visit the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Just the gun museum portion of the Center alone will take a full day. Then you can move on to yellowstone and stay in the park for your visit there.
x3 (or more) Remember, given terrain, 2 lanes with other tourists ont he roads, wildlife, and speed limits, you won't be driving 50 miles in 50 minutes, or anything even close to that. If you want to basecamp outside Yellowstone for visiting the park, I strongly recommend West Yellowstone or Gardiner (North entrance) or Colter Bay area for South entrance, instead.
And yes, the Buffalo Bill Museum is a definite must!
x2 (at least) on Driftstone on the Delaware. Some of the sites (back-in, water & electric) are enormous!! Our 34' TT was dwarfed by our site, which backed up to the river. Plenty of shade but the trees were way out of the way of the camper, awning & slideout. Our site was #8, in case this interests you.
We have also been to the Allentown KOA and it's likely the best (by far) in the area. Lots of shade in many sites (especially the electric-water ones), it's in a pleasant little valley, has a pool, etc. Far enough off the main roads to have little road noise. Deep enough in the valley that cellphone service can be tricky.
Another we liked in eastern PA was the Gettysburg KOA. Again, shady (can you tell we were traveling in the summer?). Clean grounds, covered with river rock (about 2-3" diameter) so the footing is a little interesting. Off a country road, rather than a main road, which has its definite advantages as well.
I haven't checked on it, but it could affect the main way to get to town from the south & west. For now they're keeping their eye on it, but it sounds more like when, not if, the hillside will come down (or at least parts of it.) Sad for the folks whose homes & businesses are up there, or in the path.
TT, absolutely. We enjoyed our HTT but would never have considered the extensive travel with it that we undertook once we got a TT. Much better weather protection, much less noise (from other campers, nearby highways, etc.), and at least a TT feels a little more secure.