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Summer Trip Itinerary

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Summer Trip Itinerary

-We are going on a summer trip to the American, and Canadian rockies, with children 11 and 16. We need to know if this itinerary sounds good, of if we should change anything. Also need help on where to stay between our desinations, and what are the most senic roads to take.We will be flying into Jackson, and out of Spokane.

-is it worth spending a day driving the beartooth highway? Thanks!

Summer 2008 Itinerary

Aug 12: Jackson, Wyoming (Grand Teton National Park)

Aug 13: Jackson, Wyoming (Grand Teton National Park)

Aug 14: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Aug 15: Yellowstone National Park

Aug 16: Yellowstone National Park

Aug 17: Yellowstone National Park

Aug 18: Make a 1 nights stop between Yellowstone and Glacier National Park

Aug 19: Glacier National Park, Montana

Aug 20: Glacier National Park

Aug 21: Glacier National Park

Aug 22: Banff National Park,

Aug 23: Banff National Park

Aug 24: Banff National Park

Aug 25: Jasper National Park, Alberta- Canada

Aug 26: Jasper National Park

Aug 27: Lake Louise, Alberta- Canada

Aug 28: Make a 1 night stop between Lake Louise and Spokane

Aug 29: Spokane, Washington

Aug 30: Home

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1. Re: Summer Trip Itinerary

I think you have a great trip planned. We will be in YS area a week before you. Make sure you get reservations for lodging now, if you are looking inside YS park. www.travelyellowstone.com and also call.

Also your kids may be interested in the Junior Ranger program, they answer questions in the different parks and earn badges. My son loved this when he was younger.

I have not driven the Beartooth Highway, so can't give you input, but many here recommend it.

Maybe stop in Helena MT between YS and Glacier.

On the way to Banff, stop and see Waterton Lakes National Park and between Banff/Jasper make sure you visit the Columbia Ice Field. I still remember my first trip there when I was 7!

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skimountains,

Looks like an awesome trip! I'll be going next year, and am facing the same dilemma about the Beartooth. I hear its worth the time, but coming in from the south it seems so far out of the way.

If you decide to do it, you should either 1.)leave YNP on the 18th by way of the northeast entrance, drive to Red Lodge,MT (or past) and up to 90, backtracking toward Glacier, or 2.) do it in the middle of your stay...maybe drive to Cody, up to Red Lodge and back to YNP (I hear the Chief Joseph Hwy is beautiful as well).

But with all the other traveling, maybe a sightseeing drive might not be in your best interest. That's why doing it in the middle of the YNP stay might work out better, if you do decide on it.

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Great advices, and I'm glad ChiefWahoo is back on the forum. Hi Ron.

I would drive Beartooth Pass by all means, but maybe do that aug 17. If you stay somewhere at the northern part of Yell, you could visit and drive Lamar Valley in the morning and drive Beartooth Pass to Red Lodge in the afternoon. It's best to drive this magnificent route from SW to NE in the afternoon (and NE to SW in the morning!). Then day 18 on your way to Glacier NP. You've planned yourselves a fantastic trip!

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4. Re: Summer Trip Itinerary

Yes, Tet, its great to be back. And I was wondering about which direction to drive on the Beartooth, so thanks for that tidbit.

I feel kind of sleezy only jumping on the forums when I need help planning a trip, but my boss (four-letter word) prefers it that way. As a member of your fan club, however, I do see you all over the boards, although rest assured I'm not stalking you...

Great advice as always. I'll probably be heating this forum up as my 2009 YNP trip approaches, and look forward to everyone's help. This year, however, Destin, Florida, but that's for another post.

Ron

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5. Re: Summer Trip Itinerary

My 7 mille is a humble Thank You Ron, and Skimountains123, sorry for hijacking your post.

BTW Destin is not bad at all!! Isn't that called the Redneck Riviera-lol-

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Ski,

Yes, sorry for the hijacking! I plan on following all replies to your post as I hope to go to those other NPs soon.

Tet,

Congrats on the 7K. Redneck, yes, and Riviera...I hope.

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