18 days in Glacier National Park & West Yellowstone Itinerary

18 days in Glacier National Park & West Yellowstone Itinerary

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18 days in Glacier National Park & West Yellowstone Itinerary

Start: Glacier National Park
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Glacier National Park
— 14 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
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West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
End: Glacier National Park

14
nights
Glacier National Park

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.
Get outdoors at Goat Lick Overlook and Highline Trail. Change things up with a short trip to The Polebridge Mercantile in Polebridge (about 50 minutes away). Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Spend the 10th (Sat) exploring nature at Red Rock Falls, Glacier National Park. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the views at Logan Pass, cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall, and contemplate the waterfront views at Swiftcurrent Lake.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park trip planner .

In August, daily temperatures in Glacier National Park can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

The Polebridge Mercantile
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Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Beehive Geyser, and then admire the sheer force of Kepler Cascades. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Firehole Canyon Drive, then take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, and then take in the natural beauty of Lone Star Geyser.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Glacier National Park to West Yellowstone takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Glacier National Park in August, with highs in West Yellowstone at 75°F and lows at 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
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Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

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