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Old Mar 16th, 2003, 04:41 PM
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Driving through Montana

Looking for suggestions on the best route and the best place(s) to stop on a drive from Yellowstone to Glacier. We like to keep the driving to about 4 hours a day. I've read that the "Going-to-the-Sun Road" is great for a one-day stay. Opinions? (I posted this ? earlier, but somehow wound up as an "Idaho" topic, so please pardon the repeat)Thanks.
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Old Mar 16th, 2003, 06:19 PM
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Well, at that rate of driving per day, it will take you two days to get there.
Why? Because from Old Faithful to the east entrance to Glacier is about 500 miles. At an average speed of 60 mph, you will need more than 4 hours a day for 2 days to get there.

If you are going to creep your way up there, then you need to go where the towns are that have motels. And Montana has a lot of empty.

Therefore I suggest you go first to Helena, and then go on to Browning or East Glacier or possibly one of the lodges on the east side of Glacier NP.

Do you have a reserved place to sleep in one of the lodges within Glacier National Park?

If not, I suggest you take action soon. Those lodges fill up fast.
As an example, lodges and cabins in Yellowstone for July and August are just about sold out.

I don't understand what you mean by an Idaho topic. No one knows if it is Idaho or Zimbabwe; it is all posted under United States by the date and time of posting

The reason you did not get answers the first time is not the topic. It is probably because no one knew how to answer the question. I really don't know myself, which is why I skipped it the first time, and don't have much of an answer this time. But I thought I could say something because I have driven between the two parks several times.
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Old Mar 16th, 2003, 08:35 PM
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Suggest you enter Glacier Park via the west entrance!!
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Old Mar 16th, 2003, 08:39 PM
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Whoops See my answer to your other post.
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Old Mar 17th, 2003, 10:03 AM
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I was more efficient in describing what we are planning in the first posting, under United States with a sub-heading of Idaho. I did state that we were looking for suggestions re: spending a day and evening between Yellowstone and Glacier. Thank you, John and Boom_Boom, for your reply. Additionally, after Glacier we intend to head west, through Coeur d'Alene to the Cascades for a couple of days. Our trip ends in Seattle. Are there any opinions on Vancouver and/or the San Juan Islands?We will be vacationing the last two weeks in September. We are mid-50's, in shape, but not particularly athletic -- sightseers, really, who can handle an easy hike or a float on calm water. We love the vast beauty of the West but also enjoy a cosmopolitan city like Seattle. Any and all suggestions about routing, sightseeing, lodging, meals, etc., ect., are welcomed. All pedantics, however, may keep condescending responses to themselves. Thanks.
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Old Mar 17th, 2003, 04:11 PM
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I agree with Bob_Brown about going into Glacier from the east entrance.

It's a lot closer to Glacier from Yellowstone to go up to the east side.
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Old Mar 17th, 2003, 06:18 PM
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However a VERY boring drive as opposed to driving through the Swan Valley.
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Old Mar 17th, 2003, 06:24 PM
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Also, Helena to Browning as opposed to Helena to Kalispell difference is 32 miles!!
Many more choices of restaurants and hotels on the west side; Kalispell,Whitefish,Big Fork etc.
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Old Mar 18th, 2003, 01:34 PM
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Does Montana still allow drivers to drive at 100 miles per hour or more?
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Old Mar 18th, 2003, 01:58 PM
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As of 3 or is it 4 years ago we now have a speed limit.
75 on the interstate and 70 on most two lane rural roads.
Also now have fines for speeding and marks on your license all new laws of 3 to 4 years old.
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Hey John,

I had to figure it up for myself but you are right and I'm glad. It looks so much further looking at the map and seemed further the one time we went that way.

It is a much prettier drive.
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I confess that I am not sure exactly which way you have to go to get to Glacier from Yellowstone. However, you should not miss the trip across the Beartooth Highway. Head out of the northeast entrance of Yellowstone and take the road through the Beartooth Pass to Red Lodge, MT (also a great, friendly little town). In my humble opinion, that pass is the most beautiful place on earth. We have been there twice and dream about going back every day.
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