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Yellowstone NP to Glacier NP; where to stay, what to see

Yellowstone NP to Glacier NP; where to stay, what to see

Sep 17th, 2007, 02:22 PM
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Yellowstone NP to Glacier NP; where to stay, what to see

Hi, (reposted w/ Montana subject)

Next summer we will be driving to Yellowstone and Glacier NPs. We have one night in between leaving Yellowstone (Old Faithful Lodge) and arriving in Glacier (Many Glacier Hotel).

Any suggestions on

1. where to spend the night - city/town and/or recommended lodges/hotels/motels

2. things to see on the way - the museum in Bozeman is on my list - what else would you suggest?

3. routes to take in between the two parks.

We have four nights planned in Yellowstone and five nights in Glacier, so the travel time in between is for things other than these two NPs.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


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Sep 17th, 2007, 02:53 PM
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I would check out Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park. It's between Bozeman and Butte; off hwy 287.

You could stay in Helena, Missoula or Great Falls for night between the two parks.

I'm partial to Missoula; Helena would be my second choice.

If you go through Great Falls, the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center is great, and so is the Charlie Russell Museum.
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Sep 17th, 2007, 04:29 PM
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Glad to see that you are planning a trip to our parks next year. I would hope you plan to include the Beartooth hwy into your Yellowstone trip. The recommendation for the Caverans is a good one and if you leave the park thru W.Yellowstone you could drive thru the earthquake area just north and west of w. Yellowstone. I live in Billings and if I can answer any other questions contact me at [email protected]
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Sep 17th, 2007, 04:53 PM
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I also reccommend the caverns. It's a good idea to go early before tickets sell out. There is a hike up to the starting door. If you go to the caverns you can either go on to Helena or Butte and Deer Lodge on the way to Glacier. Flathead Lake is another of my favorites in Montana. In Deer Lodge you can tour the old prison. There is a Super 8 in Deer Lodge. Going to these places is not a real direct route to Many Glacier though.
Since you are going to Many Glacier the fastest route from West Yelowstone would probably be 287 to Helena; 15 by Helena; getting back on 287 and then 89. Helena has the state capitol, a fascinating museum and a train city tour. It also has many motels/hotels. Montana is one of my favorite places to visit. Have a great trip.
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Sep 17th, 2007, 06:21 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions! Just checked the Lewis and Clark Caverns out online and it looks like a great stop along the way.

And yes, we are going to drive the Beartooth on our way in to Yellowstone. Any suggestions for lodging / restaurants in Red Lodge?

Thanks again!
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Sep 18th, 2007, 07:30 AM
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Plan at least 2 hours for the Caverns. It's a 3/4 mile walk to the entrance, about 3/4 mile through the cave, and half a mile back to the visitor's center. The tour itself from the ticket booth takes 2 hours.

I used to tour guide there and now one of my sister's is a guide.
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Oct 3rd, 2007, 04:08 AM
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We did this trip this past August and drove in one day from West Glacier to West Yellowstone. It was a long day, as we also stopped to do the cave tour on the way. Got into West Yellowstone about 9PM. So it is a good idea you are staying over one night in between.

Our family has been in a number of caves and feel the Lewis and Clark one is one of the best.

We didn't have time but you might want to visit some of the ghost towns in the Madison Valley as you drive up to the Cavern. Some are developed into tourist attractions ( Virginia City) but some are just vacant towns. Perhaps someone else could comment on the ghost towns.
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Oct 3rd, 2007, 04:35 AM
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Quake Lake on US287 just NW of West Yellowstone. In 1959 an earthquake caused a landslide that dropped 80 million tons of a mountain damming the Madison River. There is a Visitors Center operated by the Forest Service.
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