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greyhook

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We did a 6500 mile 3 week Southwest trip a couple years ago in our C. Yeah, there were a few 750 miles "travel days" but it was so worth it. We're from Buffalo NY area, went all the way to Malibu beach. Hit 10 NP's. Epic trip.
Our 1st big trip was very similar to what you're planning; the SD attractions you mentioned, YNP, Craters of the Moon and circled back down to GTNP. That was in late July/early August. Yeah there are crowds but the weather was perfect. Last year we went and did that trip again in early June-much different. It was in the upper 70's one day and then it snowed the next. We were planning to visit Glacier this time but Going to the Sun Road was still snowed in. I think for the time of year you're planning, snow/weather will be a significant factor. Yeah, crowds can be a downer but we were able to deal with them. Just a side note---do you know that YNP's biggest CG(Fishing Bridge)will be closed this year? Impact may be lessened by your travel dates but I'd check....

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I spent 3 weeks in 2017 at YS, and started on May 18th in the Tetons, camping at Colter Bay, and had to wait a few extra days for the south entrance to open to take short cut to West YS at Grizzly rv park.
In 2018 I did 3 weeks at the Black Hills, so what I'm saying is, you will be just driving by places that you would enjoy by taking more time to check out.
I agree with you departure date since the shoulder seasons are the best for me too.

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nks for all the responses. After hearing what you all had to say would it be better to go in August? August is wide open for us. September could be done but it conflicts with some classes my girls will be taking.
BTW my kids are 3 girls 15,13,10 and one boy 9.

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Posted: 02/02/19 12:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Maybe but you won't dodge many crowds from what I hear.


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Heavenbound wrote:

After hearing what you all had to say would it be better to go in August? August is wide open for us. September could be done but it conflicts with some classes my girls will be taking.
BTW my kids are 3 girls 15,13,10 and one boy 9.
Far more will be open in August. There's been good snowfall in MT and WY this year, so it may take a while to melt out. My mother used to work at Hamilton Store near Old Faithful and she had pictures of the store in mid May with 6'-8' drifts they plowed through to get into the store. Also, many school districts now start in late August so the crowds begin to abate by that time.

While one can get along well w/o reservations at Grand Teton and Glacier, you should really consider getting them at Yellowstone. A very busy park and the non-reservable CG's can be filled before 8:00 a.m.

As noted, one needs a fair amount of time in Yellowstone. We went there again last summer and spent a week and still had a lot more we wanted to do. And we've been there four times before. Driving through the park is slow, not only because of the speed limits, but because there will be traffic jams caused by bears, moose, elk, bison, etc.

Be aware that a large swath of the forest on the west side of Glacier burned last summer so you'll see miles and miles of blackened trees.

Personally, I wouldn't try to add California/Oregon to this trip. Sure, you can drive it, but wouldn't your kids get a lot more out of the vacation if they spent time actually seeing the sights rather than being cooped up in the MH for many hours and many days. By the time you add in the Black Hills along with Grand Teton and places in between, you're already looking at a very rushed three weeks from PA. Last summer from CO, we took 2 1/2 weeks for Grand Tetons, Yellowstone and Glacier NPs.


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Yes,more things will be open in August. But we were there in May and it was great. As other have said,you're trying to pack too much into 3 weeks. If possible,break it into 2 vacations. Do 2 weeks in May at Yellowstone and 2 weeks in August at Glacier and include the Black Hills.

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