Glacier-Yellowstone-Badlands-Rocky Mountain National Parks: Advice Sought

  • ZDaniel

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    Jun 28, 2015 4:49 PM GMT
    Hey! Some friends and are flying out to Seattle in August and making our way to Denver by the long scenic route of the above mentioned parks. We plan on car camping at each of them and want to see the best views, sleep at the best campsites, and experience as much as we can during our quick 2.5 weeks on the road.

    I'm open to any advice on what to do, what to see, what to avoid, and anything related to this general route. I know camping and hiking basics, and we don't plan to back country camp at all so that isnt' a concern (unless it would vastly improve our experience, then we would likely be open to it!).

    Thanks in advance!
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    Jun 29, 2015 2:13 PM GMT
    I would prioritize Glacier over Yellowstone, first off. You might also want to check out the Olympics NP and Rainier/North Cascades, while you're in the Seattle area.
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    Jun 29, 2015 4:34 PM GMT
    Check out the company "Glacier Guides" in West Glacier, MT. A buddy of mine and I are staying in their lodge for two nights next month and are signed up for a day long guided hike with them for the full day between those two nights lodging.
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    Jul 05, 2015 7:25 PM GMT
    Definitely recommend the US parks along the Canadian border, and you might even want to stray into Canada as well, since only its national parks charge admission and it's loaded with many local and provincial parks; Manning and Cathedral PPs are especially spectacular. Depending on what you're driving, don't shy away from dirt/gravel roads, but get/make good maps. Pick up a Triple A guide just so you don't miss anything along the way; they're great for covering all the bases. And, don't try to fit too much into too little time; spend at least two nights in any one place, and make frequent stops at local and state parks along the way. There are some little-known gems out there worth seeing. Make sure you bring along some anti-bacterial ointment and long pants for hiking; the critters out/up there are many and they bite!
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jul 30, 2015 1:13 AM GMT
    When traveling to these national parks, stay off the damned interstates and travel the old US and state routes and you will see more scenic country and yes go through the rustic, little western towns and villages. Why end in Denver, why not trek down through the forested, rugged southern spur of the Rockies and visit the historic capital city of Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is the oldest seat of government in the US and it is a city of southwestern style and pueblo architecture. It has a tremendous amount of Spanish, Mexican, and Native American Indian culture and history. Since it is predominately Hispanic, I am sure you will see a lot of hot male eye candy in historic old Santa Fe. Like I just said, avoid the interstates altogether and drive the more scenic US and state routes. Why put up with the noisy, smelly trucks with belching fumes and loud, squeaky wheels and brakes because that is what the interstates are all about, avoid them like the bubonic plague.
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    Jul 30, 2015 1:18 AM GMT
    Make sure you stop I night at Devils Tower in Wyoming....if you've seen Close Encounters of the third kind, that's it...beautiful morning hike around the tower is amazing!