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GAFF
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Glacier National Park or Grand Tetons
Looking to make a trip out west with the wife. These are my first two options but I’m open to others if you have recommendations. Looking for scenery and relaxation, but mainly scenery. I want to take in all the snow capped mountains, lakes, and just majesty of it all. Not interested in the horseback/snow mobile rides and excursions like that. If we were to go before Jan the wife will still be pregnant so a lot of hiking is out too. If possible I’d like to be within a drive to a town so the wife can taste civilization if needed. So in summary, I want mountain ranges, prairies, lots of scenery, but close to a town. Kind of partial to Montana, but open to Wyoming and Utah.


canyon critter
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Glacier National Park


When are you planning on making this trip? Winter here is a nice time to visit but access is very limited. Glacier NP is full on backcountry mode in winter months and there are no outfitters that provide excursions inside the park similar to Yellowstone.


iwantacooler
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If you do grand Teton, then you can do Yellowstone too. If you are talking about going before January, I would go now. Winter is close at hand up there and things start shutting down soon.

If you are flying, I would consider Yosemite, sequoias, and kings canyon. Talk about majesty, Yosemite has it. Rocky Mountain National Park would be an option as well.


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Coater
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re: Glacier National Park or Grand Tetons
I’ve done both

Glacier/Waterton is on another level


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baldona
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If we were to go before Jan the wife will still be pregnant so a lot of hiking is out too


Bruh, I think you need to do some more research. Jackson Hole and Yellowstone areas put up 10 ft tall poles on the roads in case of a heavy snow. Yellowstone can get 200-300+ inches of snow a year.

October can be a fantastic time in that area, especially early. But a lot of things will be closed and others have very very limited hours. With a pregnant wife, you are really talking about being mostly limited to the vehicle of snow is on the ground.

I’d say anything after Thanksgiving is likely out with a pregnant wife. I wouldn’t risk her walking on snow and ice.


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jsquardjj
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Based on your circumstances and time of year, I second Yosemite/King Canyon. It is very majestic and they have lots of under 3 mile hikes to fantastic view points. It would also not be as crowded as summer visits.

Glacier is great...but I would imagine it could be tough to see a lot that time of year and the main road through the park is closed after summer.


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Lima Whiskey
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re: Glacier National Park or Grand Tetons
I live in Jackson, and I love both, but Glacier is more impressive.

Go to Glacier.


canyon critter
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I live in Columbia Falls, a 15 minute drive from the west entrance into Glacier. I practically live in Glacier during the summer and spend a lot of time in the winter skiing into Two Medicine, Bowman Lake etc. so I am pretty biased. The Tetons are great but I agree with you.

But based on the OP’s circumstances I’d say, in the winter, go to Jackson. Northwest Montana is a rugged area in the winter and unless you’re in Whitefish skiing the resort, it’s a pretty remote place to be.

I’m not sure how winter weather is down in Jackson, but here it’s like being in a cloud for 3-5 months. We get blue skies pretty rarely.

With tourists gone though, I’m not complaining.

This post was edited on 9/9 at 8:53 am


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Globetrotter747
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re: Glacier National Park or Grand Tetons
Been to both places but only in mid summer. If you're looking for a winter trip and snow is not your thing, I would look elsewhere.


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cave canem
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re: Glacier National Park or Grand Tetons
You will not be driving in either outside of May-Oct.


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canyon critter
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re: Glacier National Park or Grand Tetons
Going-to-the-Sun remains open to Avalanche through November and sometimes December actually. And during winter it stays open to Lake McDonald Lodge. Out of St. Mary the road remains open to Sun Point or Rising Sun for a while then closes to St. Mary Campground for winter.

Many Glacier and Two Medicine roads typically close in November.


tigerpawl
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Jackson Hole is a cool little town. Lots of B&B's to choose from. The Tetons have great hiking trails. Never a boring view.


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SulphursFinest
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re: Glacier National Park or Grand Tetons
I’m planning a trip in late August 2020 to Glacier. Hoping I fall in love and sell my house when I return home.


sloopy
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Haven’t been to Tetons, but I just came back from Glacier two weeks ago and that place is on another level. I’ll live there one day.


8thyearsenior
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Glacier two weeks ago and that place is on another level. I’ll live there one day


All the mountain towns are paradise in the summer, which is short. You need to love winter to live in those places. Winter is long and real up there. We don't get a real winter here in Denver.

Example, Steamboat had snow falling through late June and they are talking about it snowing there next weekend.


canyon critter
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All the mountain towns are paradise in the summer, which is short. You need to love winter to live in those places. Winter is long and real up there.


Yep. If someone doesn't mind taking Vitamin D for 4-6 months per year, this is the place for you. We don't get much sunshine in the winter.

The park got snow in August. It won't be long before we start getting it again in the higher el's. Lows are now officially in the upper 30s to mid 40s, with highs in the 60s. Hello fall weather...
This post was edited on 9/11 at 12:03 pm


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canyon critter
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re: Glacier National Park or Grand Tetons
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I’m planning a trip in late August 2020 to Glacier. Hoping I fall in love and sell my house when I return home.


You can fall in love in August like the rest of them, but will regret it in the winter if dark skies, cold temps, and endless snow is not your thing. You definitely want to be careful what you wish for... living here year-round isn't for everyone.


SulphursFinest
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re: Glacier National Park or Grand Tetons
What do you do for work up there? Just curious.

I’m an instrument tech in the oil field so I doubt I could find a similar job.


canyon critter
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205 posts

re: Glacier National Park or Grand Tetons
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What do you do for work up there? Just curious.


I work for Hammer Nutrition


SulphursFinest
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re: Glacier National Park or Grand Tetons
Perfect I’ll just come work for you then. I have my CSCS


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