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jkylejohnson
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9 days to visit G Teton NP, Yellowstone, and Glacier
Flying into Jackson, Wyoming mid June. Flying back out of Kalispell, Montana . Was planning to do 2 days near grand teton national park, 3 days near yellowstone , and 4 days near glacier national park.

Need some advice on good bases to stay for visiting each of the parks. Flights were pretty steep so not looking to spend a fortune on lodging as we will be out exploring the parks mostly. Hotels in nearby, drivable towns are fine with us. Any info would be appreciated!


bayoubengals88
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re: 9 days to visit G Teton NP, Yellowstone, and Glacier
These are my favorite threads.

I suggest three nights in GTNP followed by a drive-thru Yellowstone en route to Glacier.


DeltaTigerDelta
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re: 9 days to visit G Teton NP, Yellowstone, and Glacier
Whitefish has a very nice Springhill Suites and decent looking Hampton Inn. Only about 35 min to Glacier. Nicer than Kalispell. Airport is only 15 minutes away.


jkylejohnson
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re: 9 days to visit G Teton NP, Yellowstone, and Glacier
I looked at whitefish for gnp. We found one place we really liked in Columbia falls called meadow lake resort. Was thinking of pulling the trigger on it. 3star for 156/night. 20 min drive to park.

Was considering gardiner or west yellowstone for Yellowstone NP.

Would like jackson hole or teton valley for GTNP but a motel 6 is like 300 a night there.


r3lay3r
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re: 9 days to visit G Teton NP, Yellowstone, and Glacier
For GTNP you are basically limited to Jackson Hole, maybe something between the town and the park or park lodging.

For Yellowstone the only convenient out of the park lodging is West Yellowstone. Staying out of the East (Cody) or North of Mammoth (Gardner) makes for long drives each day into the park. Don't under estimate the size of the park with crowds and low speed limits inside. Driving will take longer than you think.

As far as Glacier, the Going-to-the-Sun road will be closed and outside the east side of the park (Indian Reservation) was closed this year and might be closed next year. So you'll be limited to Kalispell, Whitefish, Columbia Fall, etc.. for your choices.

In June you'll likely have snow and mud on a lot of trails in any of the parks, especially wooded or north facing trails.


jkylejohnson
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re: 9 days to visit G Teton NP, Yellowstone, and Glacier
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r3lay3r


Yeah its kinda tricky looking around GTNP. vrbo is giving me options in Driggs and Victor idaho but I think that may be a little too far of a drive. Maybe not ?

Whats west yellowstone like? I was under the assumption that it and gardiner were close to the same distance away.

I really hate to hear that about Going to the sun road. I was really looking forward to that.


DeltaTigerDelta
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re: 9 days to visit G Teton NP, Yellowstone, and Glacier
Columbia Falls would be a good area close to the park. Had a decent Mexican restaurant.

Going to Yellowstone and Teton in early May. Cannot find a decent place under $250/night in West Yellow or Jackson.

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r3lay3r
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re: 9 days to visit G Teton NP, Yellowstone, and Glacier
West Yellowstone is midway the park (north-south) and is generally closer to more of the sites in the park. It's not much of the town, but it's been a while since I've stayed there.

Yeah, the Going-to-the Sun road generally doesn't get completely plowed until late June or early July, but that will depend on snowfall this winter.


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bayoubengals88
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re: 9 days to visit G Teton NP, Yellowstone, and Glacier
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Would like jackson hole or teton valley for GTNP but a motel 6 is like 300 a night there.

tent camp


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TigerSaintInDallas
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re: 9 days to visit G Teton NP, Yellowstone, and Glacier
I always stay in St. Mary's when visiting Glacier. There's a nice KOA there that is pretty easy to book and has just amazing views. Not sure how that side of the park will be with COVID, I know last summer the East entrance was closed.

If the east side is closed, Whitefish and Columbia Falls are both just gorgeous.

Make sure to try to hike the Highline Trail to the Grinnell Glacier Overlook. It's not *too* long of a trail, and the views are just stunning. Those are some of the best views in any national park.

We usually stay in West Yellowstone when visiting Yellowstone. Cool little area. Lamar Valley is a must do! So many animals.

Teton is awesome. Like others have said you'll probably need to stay in Jackson. Cascade Canyon is a great hike.

Good luck going cheap on these areas if you're staying in a hotel. They are usually in very high demand. You could definitely camp in the area for free but sounds like yall don't want to camp. Airbnbs will probably be much cheaper than hotels, especially if you book months in advance.

That's an amazing area! Have fun!
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jkylejohnson
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re: 9 days to visit G Teton NP, Yellowstone, and Glacier
Thanks so much. Yeah im all for tent camping but Mrs jkyle is a diff story I think im pretty settled on places for columbia falls (meadow lake resort 156/nt) and west yellowstone (city center motel 160/nt)

Still looking for something reasonable in the jackson hole area for the start of the trip and a one way rental car that's not 1,000 bucks

I really appreciate all the feedback. TB never disappoints


Reservoir dawg
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re: 9 days to visit G Teton NP, Yellowstone, and Glacier
It's doable in 9 days, but Yellowstone is absolutely massive and has two main sides you can drive through. It really takes two days but most just travel the west side from TNP north to Gardiner, MT and either turn back, leave the park and drive into Montana, or head east to see the other side of the park. The scenery really slows people down during road travel, plus all the wildlife that you can encounter.

The Teton's are my favorite, and Jackson Hole is awesome. I've never been to Glacier, but fairly close.


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TigerSaintInDallas
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re: 9 days to visit G Teton NP, Yellowstone, and Glacier
I'm seeing a lot of rooms for $75 a night about 40 minutes away from Jackson on Airbnb. If you're on a budget, it's definitely worth considering!


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speckledawg
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re: 9 days to visit G Teton NP, Yellowstone, and Glacier
There were lots of AirBnB options for Teton village last June/July. We got a nice 2BR for <$300/nt total. Easily walkable to restaurants and super close to park entrance. We found a similar type AirBnB condo in Whitefish Mountain resort for this July. A littler further drive into Glacier, but still not too bad.

For anything much cheaper around Jackson, you're going to have to drive a bit.
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jkylejohnson
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re: 9 days to visit G Teton NP, Yellowstone, and Glacier
Thanks. I found one called alpine lodge in jackson hole that was 153 a night and pretty highly reviewed on Google/priceline. I think im gonna give it a shot.

I looked at several on vrbo/airbnb and once I find one that has a decent price it almost always doubles by checkout with their fees. One had a cleaning fee of 200 bucks
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speckledawg
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re: 9 days to visit G Teton NP, Yellowstone, and Glacier
That sounds like a steal.

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almost always doubles by checkout with their fees.


Yep. Can be aggravating as hell on some.


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LSU
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re: 9 days to visit G Teton NP, Yellowstone, and Glacier
We're flying to Jackson Hole at the end of May. Staying at a downtown Jackson hotel & then at Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone.


tigerstripes
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re: 9 days to visit G Teton NP, Yellowstone, and Glacier
Columbia Falls is the best choice...Back slope brewing for brew and great food. Could ...wait I think we ate there three times in a week. Not a horrible drive from West Glacier. Check with some of the campground for glamping options, a hard sided tent, or yurt or cabin...Enjoy we return in late August.


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tigerstripes
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re: 9 days to visit G Teton NP, Yellowstone, and Glacier
Try Headwater Lodge n or GTNP. Try to drive less. Everything near Jackson and the Park prices are on steroids.


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canyon critter
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re: 9 days to visit G Teton NP, Yellowstone, and Glacier
I live in Columbia Falls so let me know if you have any specific questions about Glacier. Sounds like you’ve already got your lodging down.


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