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10 days glacier, yellowstone & gtnp drive only loop

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10 days glacier, yellowstone & gtnp drive only loop

flying into SLC on 9/14 & out on 9/24. Trying to plan a driving only tour of Glacier, Yellowstone & Grand Teton taking a westerly route on the 14th up into and across Glacier, then down to Yellowstone and finally Grand Teton. Is it feasible and what would be the best routes to take. Also, need suggestions on "do not miss" locations or roads.

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1. Re: 10 days glacier, yellowstone & gtnp drive only loop

Yes it can be done and am glad you are doing Glacier first because of construction, etc. on GTTSR. GTTSR will be open thru September 18.

We did that trip last August but started in Glacier and then came to YNP.

Take the route up thru Mt. Hwy 1 and on to Polson and Flathead Lake. It is very scenic.

We are not hikers either and did the GTTSR one day. Another day we went over to the Many Glacier area and the other day we visited the Whitefish, Kalispell area. We left Glacier and drove back on the front range of the Rockies thru Choteau and Helena to northern entrance of YNP. This route does not have a lot of places to eat or stop but miles and miles of beautiful ranch land.

In YNP- the park roads are like a giant figure 8. A lot of people break up the park into four sections. Here is a website for the must sees in the park-

www.yellowstone.net/topten

In the GTNP- be sure and stop at Morman Row and by Jackson and Jenny Lakes. We enjoyed a float trip on the Snake River for awesome scenery and wildlife.

Day 1- drive part of the way up from SLC

Day 2- drive rest of the way to West Glacier area

Day 3-4- Glacier NP

Day 5- drive to YNP

Day 6-8- YNP

Day 9- GTNP

Day 10- drive 5 hours to SLC.

Enjoy your trip!!

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2. Re: 10 days glacier, yellowstone & gtnp drive only loop

We just did the loop. We flew into salt lake and drove straight up to Glacier! It was a long haul !!! Started finally at 1215pm and there was an accident by flathead lake (rd was closed for a hour) and arrived at 1am. Took limited amount of stops. Make sure you have a lot of gas in MONTANA, there is about 5 people in that state, which means after Idaho there is no gas stations. Plan accordingly. Look for where the big cities are. I was a little worried for 90 miles, on a quarter of a tank left of gas.

We spent the night in kalispell. and went into the park on the west side for the day. then drove midday to the west side (rd closed). spent the night in 2 meds. Woke up early and drove to many glacier spent 2 nights there. Drove not a major highway thru montana to helena. Can't remember it. I asked a guy in the visitor center at st. marys the best rd w/ scenery. very pretty and the rockies were on the right side of the car the whole time. We went to yellowstone and it was like disneyworld compared to yellowstone. spent 3 nights there and 2 nights in the tetons.

Nothing compares to Glacier....! I would of made it 5 days in glacier and 2/3 days yellowstone. 1/2 in tetons.

THe drive to salt lake. we took 22 after jackson hole and worked our way to the major hwy to salt lake I think that was 15.

Enjoy your trip! i wish i could go back to glacier. it's amazing!

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3. Re: 10 days glacier, yellowstone & gtnp drive only loop

Our trip to the area:

GNP---We made our base camp in Whitefish Mt. at a typical hotel.

Day one: Got up early and headed out. Stopped at the area just before you enter the W. Gate. Looked around about 20 mins. or so (shops, Alberta travel center, etc.). Entered park and visited Apgar Village area, spent about 30 mins. or so shopping, visiting visitor's center, etc.. Took off to GTTS Road. Pulled over for some photos, stopped at Lake McDonald lodge for photos, continued on. Got to Logan Pass Visitor's Center around 1030AM or so. NOTE: The parking lot got closed just after we pulled in. If the lot fills up, they will close it off until people leave. Drove to the east entry, had a late lunch at the hotel. Drove south to the two medicine area...about ten people, including the four of us (this was in Sept.). Very peaceful area, not many visitors, especially outside the main travel season. Drove the US highway around the southern part of the park back to Whitefish. Total travel time was about eight hours or so.

Day two: Went to Lake McDonald Lodge for a ranger led boat ride on Lake McDonald. Had lunch at the lodge, went back to Whitefish. I recommend the boat ride, very informative and peaceful.

Day three: Drove to W. Yellowstone, MT. An eight or nine hour drive. We made our basecamp W. Yellowstone for our three days in the area.

Day four: Drove the north loop of YNP. Stopped off at all the major sights, visitor's centers, walked to the petrified tree, and drove a bit of ways out to the Lamar Valley. Ate lunch in the park. Total time we spent in the park was about eight to nine hours.

Day five: Drove the south loop this time. Again, saw all the major sights, ate lunch in the park, another eight to nine hour day.

Day six: We stayed in W. Yellowstone for a day of rest. Should have checked out GTNP, but we didn't know much about it. Oh well. We checked out the discovery center in W. Yellowstone and walked around town, watched TV, etc..

You have even more time than we had, so you can look at to some additional ranger led programs, or taking some short to long day hikes.

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