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Old 06-19-2018, 05:29 PM   #1
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driving in Glacier and Yellowstone?

We are picking up our new 21 in July, and will be camping near Glacier NP and Yellowstone NP on the way back to Ga.
Thinking about doing a bus tour thru the parks to avoid the traffic - has anyone done this, and what do you think?
I am not sure I want to drive "going to the sun" and the "Yellowstone loops" instead of just looking at the scenery.

Thanks all for your help.
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Old 06-19-2018, 05:34 PM   #2
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We are picking up our new 21 in July, and will be camping near Glacier NP and Yellowstone NP on the way back to Ga.
Thinking about doing a bus tour thru the parks to avoid the traffic - has anyone done this, and what do you think?
I am not sure I want to drive "going to the sun" and the "Yellowstone loops" instead of just looking at the scenery.

Thanks all for your help.
I would definitely recommend the bus in Glacier. It is also possible that you wouldn't be able to find a parking spot at the visitor center at the summit. We have always driven when in Yellowstone and it is a bit of a nightmare, but I like to go at my own pace and stop when I want to.
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There are pluses & minuses to the bus or "Jammer" tours at Glacier. You probably won't get to see as much scenery if you are driving, particularly if you are nervous about mountain roads. On the other hand, you can stop when and for as long as you want (assuming you can find a parking space, and that is a large assumption). The tours provide information about the area, you can look at the scenery rather than the road, but are on someone else schedule.

I prefer to drive, but early mornings when there is less traffic & more spaces to pull off. It also helps to hit the corners of the season. There is one place where I prefer the buses - Zion. I drove in early April before the buses started, and the traffic was unbearable, and the parking non existent.
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Old 06-19-2018, 05:54 PM   #4
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we did the yellowstone bus ride (circle of fire tour) and enjoyed it. not having to drive and be bus height on the road is nice. we did it as a pre-trip on what to do when we drove our own car around to see things in more detail.

we also saw the "yellowstone in a day" bus at mammoth hot springs but thought that might be a bus ride too long...
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We are picking up our new 21 in July, and will be camping near Glacier NP and Yellowstone NP on the way back to Ga.
Thinking about doing a bus tour thru the parks to avoid the traffic - has anyone done this, and what do you think?
I am not sure I want to drive "going to the sun" and the "Yellowstone loops" instead of just looking at the scenery.

Thanks all for your help.
Yes a bus tour of Yellowstone would certainly avoid you having to worry about driving. But Yellowstone will be very busy in July, whatever your mode of travel, eg self-drive or bus tour. I believe that its the busiest NP in the US and most of the visitors come in a four month period June- September, with July and August being particularly busy. We got held up by an hour in June due to a herd of bison crossing the road and tour buses get no priority over anyone else in the traffic, just the parking. If you propose camping in Yellowstone NP, you should check out the camping information on the park's website as sites are at a premium.
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Old 06-20-2018, 02:26 PM   #6
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We are local and follow Yogi Berra's comment: "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded". If I have to go to GNP again it will be by bus or in late September. A thing we used to do was get Amtrak tickets Whitefish to East Glacier and have one driver take US 2 to East Glacier, pick up the train riders, and drive the park east to west. Do not plan to park at Logan Pass. Another route to take is go to Apgar Village and take the paved road in GNP over to Polebridge avoiding the congestion on Going to the Sun Road.
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Every single mile for the past sixteen years my trailer(s) have been hooked up to my truck(s), I've been the driver... every. single. mile.

I've missed out viewing some beautiful country because I was focused on the road. Curvy roads, mountain roads, coastal roads, highways along rivers and streams.

I won't be going to Glacier nor Yellowstone on this next big trip, but will be visiting Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse. I paid for a tour, someone else is going to drive and I get to look and take pictures! I'm almost giddy.
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We are local and follow Yogi Berra's comment: "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded". If I have to go to GNP again it will be by bus or in late September. A thing we used to do was get Amtrak tickets Whitefish to East Glacier and have one driver take US 2 to East Glacier, pick up the train riders, and drive the park east to west. Do not plan to park at Logan Pass. Another route to take is go to Apgar Village and take the paved road in GNP over to Polebridge avoiding the congestion on Going to the Sun Road.
And while in Polebridge, stop at the Mercantile & get the best cinnamon rolls & sticky buns ever!
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We did Yellowstone and The Grand Tetons on our return trip from Chilliwack. Took a raft trip down the Snake River. Perhaps the highlight of the trip. Do try Huckleberry ice cream and huckleberry syrup
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