9 days in Glacier National Park & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

9 days in Glacier National Park & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive to Jackson, Fly to Indianapolis Airport

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Glacier National Park

— 2 nights

Crown of the Continent

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at McDonald Creek, then trek along Iceberg Lake Trail, then take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook, and finally stroll through Highline Trail.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park trip itinerary planner.

Indianapolis to Glacier National Park is an approximately 30-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Indianapolis in May; daily highs in Glacier National Park reach 67°F and lows reach 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Yellowstone National Park

— 4 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like West Thumb Geyser Basin and 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive. Visiting Grand Loop Road and Firehole Canyon Drive will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Mud Volcano, appreciate the extensive heritage of Uncle Tom's Trail, witness a stunning natural landmark at Midway Geyser Basin, and take in the dramatic scenery at Lewis Falls.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park trip tool.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Glacier National Park in May, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 53°F and lows at 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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