12 days in Montana, Wyoming & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

12 days in Montana, Wyoming & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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West Yellowstone
— 1 day
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Moran
— 1 night
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Drive to Jackson Hole Airport, Fly to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Drive to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Glacier National Park — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Avalanche Lake and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Grinnell Glacier and then appreciate the views at Logan Pass.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Glacier National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Charlotte to Glacier National Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Charlotte to Glacier National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Charlotte in May, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Glacier National Park: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.
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West Yellowstone — 1 day

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 22nd (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Earthquake Lake, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Yellowstone, and then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the West Yellowstone trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to West Yellowstone takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Glacier National Park in May, with highs in West Yellowstone at 57°F and lows at 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yellowstone National Park.
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Yellowstone National Park — 4 nights

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Step out of the city life by going to Old Faithful and S Rim Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Mammoth Hot Springs.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Yellowstone National Park takes 1.5 hours. May in Yellowstone National Park sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Moran.
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Moran — 1 night

Moran is an unincorporated community in south central Teton County, Wyoming, United States, which serves as one of the principal fee collection entrances to Grand Teton National Park. On the 26th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Teton.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Moran road trip planner.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Moran by car takes about 1.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May: high temperatures in Moran hover around 60°F and lows are around 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 3 nights

Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Step out of the city life by going to Vernal Fall and Sentinel Dome. And it doesn't end there: hike along Nevada Falls Loop, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Moran to Yosemite National Park. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in Yosemite National Park are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
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Montana travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.
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Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.
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