(I posted the same post in Wyoming Forum)
I apologize if you helpful folks have already answered this one 100 times, but I have read through the forums and seem to just get everything confused. If any of you can be of help on any of these questions, I would be very grateful. These forums have served us so well in the past - and I very much appreciate it.
We, a group of four friends, are planning a trip to see Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park, and Glacier National park right after Labor Day (gathered from these forums this was a good time to go). We plan on flying into SLC and renting a SUV. We will have seven days. We are mostly the tourists that drive as much as possible and hike short (< 2mi) trails to see the "really cool" things. So, we cover a good territory each day. We don't need to see everything in every park - just a good overview.
First, I am having a hard time trying to figure out which cities to stay in to get to do all three parks. We don't mind moving from place to place, but just not every night if possible. I prefer not to drive more than about five hours from city to city - if possible. Where possible, it would be great to find a two bedroom place to stay (or even one bedroom with a couch), but renting two rooms is OK as well. We are not totally cheap, but would like to keep it at reasonable rates. Don't really want to stay in the parks themselves if the lodging is over-priced. Driving 30 minutes or so to get into the park is fine with us. $100 night per room is about our budget - or $175 or so for a bigger place that we can all stay.
Second, if there are any organized bus tours, etc, on any of these parks I would love to know if they are worth the time and money.
Third, I would love to know of the "must see" things between SLC and the other cities/towns that you recommend. Looks like Flaming Gorge may be a nice stop.
Any and all recommendations would be appreciated. Or, point me to other posts that you guys have taken the time to write.
Thank you in advance....from Raleigh, NC