11 days in Grass Valley & Glacier National Park Itinerary

11 days in Grass Valley & Glacier National Park Itinerary

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11 days in Grass Valley & Glacier National Park Itinerary

Start: Sacramento
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Grass Valley
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
2
Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Sacramento

4
nights
Grass Valley

Grass Valley ©
The city of Grass Valley is the largest city in the western region of Nevada County, California, United States. Get some cultural insight at Empire Mine State Historic Park and Plumas County Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum and Lassen Volcanic National Park Hiking Trails. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grass Valley: Incline Beach (in Incline Village), West Coast Falconry (in Marysville) and Old Town Auburn (in Auburn). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Nevada Beach Campground, stop by Lazy Dog Chocolateria, get a new perspective on nature at Nevada State Museum, and contemplate the long history of Bourn House.

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Sacramento to Grass Valley is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Sacramento in August, you will find days in Grass Valley are slightly colder (84°F), and nights are a bit warmer (67°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Grass Valley

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Old Town Auburn, Bourn House, Nevada Beach Campground, Nevada State Museum, Plumas County Museum
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West Coast Falconry ©
West Coast Falconry
Plumas County Museum ©
Plumas County Museum

5
nights
Glacier National Park

The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Escape the urban bustle at Running Eagle Falls and Virginia Falls. You'll discover tucked-away gems like St. Mary Lake and Trail of the Cedars. When in Glacier National Park, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in West Glacier, approximately 48 minutes away. Spend the 26th (Sun) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. The adventure continues: hike along Highline Trail, explore the activities along McDonald Creek, admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Iceberg Lake Trail.

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Explore your travel options from Grass Valley to Glacier National Park with the Route module. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Grass Valley to Glacier National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grass Valley in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Glacier National Park, with lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

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