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Old 07-04-2016, 04:25 PM   #1
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If Glacier NP is the goal, what must see's from Fla.

Starting planning a big trip (for us) from Fla. next year. Glacier is the goal, but def. want to spend some time in Yellowstone too. What Else?? How long should we plan on staying in each to do it right? What's your best time of year recommendation--I'm hearing May? How's the weather then?
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Well you could start with Georgia! lol

We were at Jackson Hole on Memorial day a few years ago, and then to Yellowstone. It snowed every day for the next week. Just a little and the roads were good. The crowds were small and we had a great tour.
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Many thanx... starting to lean toward Mid-May

Arriving mid to end of May..........I think,
but as a FloridaNative, remind me ---- snow is that white stuff, right?

If we need to be flexible re: waiting out the snowstorms, etc., how critical are reservations out there this time of year?
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If Glacier NP is the goal, what must see's from Fla.

Mt. Rushmore, Badlands, Devils Tower, the list is endless


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Old 07-04-2016, 05:49 PM   #5
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Excellent. Keep'em coming. but also any tips, re: Mountain grades, elevations, etc.
Remember: think Florida "Flat-lander".
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As you go north from Yellowstone, spend a night or two at Deer Lodge, MT. The old prison has several museums inluding a pretty good auto collection. Also visit Grant - Kohls Ranch National Historic Site on the edge of town. We have stayed at the KOA twice and enjoyed it's rustic and friendly atmosphere.

Another place we enjoy in MT is the Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park. It's not too far out of the way depending on which route you take.

The weather in Glacier can be iffy some times of the year but stay flexible and go with it. The Road to the Sun highway has length limitations, so you may need to take your TV or toad or take a tour. Make enough time while you are there to visit Whitefish and take the tram to the top of the ski area.

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How long can you spend on this trip. Have you ever been west before? Do you ever plan on heading that way again?

Depending on those answers that might help narrow down what you can and can't do. If you have lots of time I would head to Colorado, visit pikes peak, Ricky Mtn national park then Tetons, Yellowstone and Glacier (go to the Canadian side as well). On the way back you can head west, lots of options or stuff to see including the Grand Canyon....

It's been a few years since I was at Yellowstone, stayed on the west side at a Koa (did Tetons, Yellowstone to glacier). If I recall either July or August (I think it was August) was the only month of the year where they do not get snow.

Others will have a better idea but I would worry possibly some roads might not be open yet in May, especially if it's early May.
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Some info on Glacier

https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/gtsrinfo.htm

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2017 Spring Road Opening Dates
•April 21: Mammoth to Old Faithful; Madison to West Entrance; Norris to Canyon.
•May 5: Canyon Junction to Lake; Lake to East Entrance (Sylvan Pass).
•May 12: Lake to West Thumb, West Thumb to Old Faithful (Craig Pass), and South Entrance to West Thumb; Tower Junction to Tower Fall.
•May 26: Tower Fall to Canyon Junction (Dunraven Pass)
•May 26: Beartooth Highway

Roads open at 8 am on their scheduled dates. All dates are subject to change depending on weather and budgetary restrictions.
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Glacier's Going-to-the-Sun Road normally doesn't open completely until around mid-June and you surely don't want to miss that drive.

For May I'd recommended getting to Grand Canyon Nat'l Park as your first big destination. Then you will be close to the awesome southern Utah national parks - Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches/Canyonlands. Also, Monument Valley.

Then head up to Grand Teton National Park and then to Yellowstone.

Plan it so you get to Glacier for the road opening. Keep checking the national park's web site for up-to-date information. Each year is different as to snow/road conditions.

You're going to be in the West so you'll have some mild mountain driving in these areas. By the time you do a park or two you'll be a pro.

Purchase the 'Mountain Directory for Truckers and RVers'. It's a great help.

http://www.mountaindirectory.com/

Keep a watch on weather. You might have to stay somewhere an extra day or so because of bad weather but it'll clear fast at that time of year. Monitor all the national park web sites for when things open. They always keep them up-to-date.

It's a wonderful time for visiting all these parks!
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Excellent. Keep'em coming. but also any tips, re: Mountain grades, elevations, etc.
Remember: think Florida "Flat-lander".
You shouldn't have any issues with roads/grades as long as you stay on main roads. Sure it's different than here in FL, but not a big deal. If you want, order a copy of the west coast mountain directory. Mountain Directory for Truckers, RV, and Motorhome Drivers
We spent last summer in Utah and Yellowstone. I suggest you check out the national parks in Utah as long as you are up in that area.
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We are doing that "trip" this summer from Louisiana. Started in Texas and went to New Mexico ... Arizona, Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce and now in Heber City, Utah ... heading to Grand Tetons on Friday ... we have as long was we want to do this trip, so it is wonderful.

Do Zion early in the summer or even better, Spring time. It is very hot there. Bryce is cooler and believe it or not ... so was the Grand Canyon! I'm a flat lander too, and have really enjoyed the mountains. We take our Ram for most of the challenging drives and leave the motorhome in the park. Beautiful area ... Heber City is fantastic - low 80's temp wise, nice breeze in the afternoon, clear, blue skys. And best of all ... no bugs! There is no standing water here and with the wind every afternoon .... no bugs!!!!!!
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Yes, we've been to Grand Canyon (stayed in Williams i think) and rode the Train up to the Rim. Also stayed in Zion -- Glorius! Actually negotiated the (call ahead) drive-thru the Tunnel with switchbacks at the end...... now that was an experience.
We could start down below and work our way up to Glacier nearer the end of the trip, if that would help with weather, but Yellowstone & Glacier are two of our main picks. Re: time--prob. 6-8 weeks at most this time.
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BTW---I Love your "tag" line about the Excursion!
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You can add Crazy Horse NP, Custer SP, Big Sky in MT. The Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman is great especially if you like dinosaurs.
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