United States Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all United States activity »
  1. 1 Trip Report Chicago - Memphis - NO - Anaheim (train/plane and taxi)
  2. 2 Queen Anne or Belltown Hotel
  3. 3 Southbound lanes at San Ysidro Border Crossing close for 57 hrs.
  4. 4 Botanical gardens on Maui, Hilo, and Kauai: how much do they differ?
  5. 5 San Diego VRBO area
  6. 6 Trip Report Disneyland Grand Californian
  7. 7 Overnight stay along Newburyport/Rockport train line
  8. 8 When will Key West be recovered from Irma?
  9. 9 Alaska 19 day itinerary - comments/opinions, please?
  10. 10 Suggestions for Sedona and Grand Canyon
  11. 11 Trip Report Colorado Shows Off
  12. 12 New England Tour
  13. 13 Kauai: First Trip Help Please
  14. 14 help me plan a Cali trip
  15. 15 Hawaii at Christmas with older teens
  16. 16 10-hour MIA layover ideas?
  17. 17 Los Angeles Area Restaurants - 2017 Edition
  18. 18 Trip to San Francisco in Dec 2017
  19. 19 Wilmington DE questions
  20. 20 San Francisco to Seattle in a day (fires in Oregon)
  21. 21 50th wedding anniversary in Hawaii??
  22. 22 Inexpensive Restaurants Near Canyonlands and Capitol Reef?
  23. 23 Getting from Seatac airport to downtown Seattle
  24. 24 2 Grannies, 2 parents & 1 three-yr-old
  25. 25 NYC 9/11 Tour - best options?
View next 25 » Back to the top

Glacier-Yellowstone-Grand Tetons-Craters of the Moon -- Where to add a day

Jump to last reply

My husband and I are planning a Sept. 2-15 visit to national parks in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho for our 40th anniversary. It'll be our second visit to Yellowstone (stayed 4 days in June 2003) and Grand Teton (stayed 2 days the same trip), and our first to Glacier and Craters of the Moon.

I need to nail down the schedule so I can book national park lodging ASAP. (In the past I've done so a year in advance so I feel a bit panicky.) Here is what I have come up with:

DAY 1 – Fly from Hartford to Spokane, rent car and drive 50 mins to C’ouer d’Alene, Idaho
DAY 2 – Drive 5 hrs to west side of Glacier National Park
DAY 3 – Explore more of the west side, spend the night on the east side
DAY 4 – Another night on the east side
DAY 5 – Drive 4½ hrs to Missoula MT
DAY 6 – Drive 4 hrs to the upper loop of Yellowstone
DAY 7 – Upper loop
DAYS 8 and 9– Lower loop
DAY 10 – Grand Tetons
DAY 11 – Drive 3½ hrs to Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho and spend the night in Shoshone
DAY 12 – Drive 30 mins from Shoshone to Twin Falls (for the falls), then 2 hrs to Boise
DAY 13 - Fly home

I seem to have an extra day to spend! Current plans have us spending no more than two days in one lodging, so perhaps tacking on an extra day for just relaxing and doing very little in a beautiful setting is needed.

Should we spend it in C'ouer D'Alene? Missoula? (Or another town/city between Glacier and Yellowstone?) Twin Falls or Boise? One of the parks (keeping in mind our earlier trips)? Somewhere else along the route?

We love great scenery, short walks (not hikes), photography, museums and things to do and see that are very different from Connecticut.

Thank you very much.

9 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement