16 days in Yellowstone National Park & Glacier National Park Itinerary

16 days in Yellowstone National Park & Glacier National Park Itinerary

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16 days in Yellowstone National Park & Glacier National Park Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Drive:  87​h
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  9​h
2
Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  39​h
End: Philadelphia

5
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, trails, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, identify plant and animal life at Hayden Valley, explore the striking landscape of Lake Butte Overlook, and take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park tour itinerary builder site .

Philadelphia to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of train, flight, and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Yellowstone National Park. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in October, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 47°F and lows at 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to The Polebridge Mercantile (in Polebridge) and River Rafting & Tubing (in West Glacier). Spend the 8th (Mon) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. There's much more to do: cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, trek along Iceberg Lake Trail, appreciate the views at Logan Pass, and explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Glacier National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and taxi from Yellowstone National Park to Glacier National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October, expect Glacier National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 56°F and 31°F. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

The Polebridge Mercantile, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

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