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Airport

Planning on visiting Yellowstone and glacier National parks in the fall. Which airport is best to fly in to?

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N. Idaho
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1. Re: Airport

There are a number of options but depending on what you want to do and how much time you have, none are *best*.

You might consider flying open jaw in to Kalispell for Glacier and out of Bozeman or Jackson.

You could consider in/out of Bozeman and make 2 loops including Yellowstone/Grand Tetons in one loop and Glacier in another loop. This plan will *cost* you 2 days of driving as it's a full day to/from Glacier from Bozeman.

For the Yellowstone/Grand Tetons area alone, consider Bozeman, Billings, Jackson as well as Idaho Falls and Salt Lake City.

When are you planning to travel? It is probably very difficult to believe, being from NOLA, but winter can start in mid-September. Last year there were road closures in Yellowstone starting Sept 15. Here are threads listing Fall Road closures for 2017 and 2016.

2017 Fall closures:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g28973…

2016 Closures:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60999…

There ARE some years when weather in September is pleasant but you need to know there are possibilities of winter conditions if this is when you are planning Fall travel to the area. You'll need to check weather every day and check road conditions each PM and AM.

Pam

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2. Re: Airport

We are planning Sept 15 to 22 as of right now. Would like to get all the parks in if possible.

Edited: 11 May 2018, 00:31
Spery, Iowa
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7 days and the three parks won't work unless you just drive through them. Minimum recommendations: 1-2 nights GTNP (2 nights = 1 full day) 4 nights (3 full days) YNP 1 day drive between YNP and Glacier. I think Glacier recommends 2 nights each side, more if hiking. Plus your arrival and departure days, as often there isn't much touring time on those.

N. Idaho
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I think your time is short to do Yellowstone, Grand Tetons and Glacier. For Yellowstone, my recommendation is a minimum of 4 nights/3 full days. For Grand Tetons, 2 or 3 nights for 1 or 2 full days. I am not expert on Glacier but you'd want nights on the East and West sides, then you'd have the full day's drive between Yellowstone and Glacier.

editing to add: Sharing the brain today, lol!!

Pam

Edited: 11 May 2018, 00:41
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5. Re: Airport

If we have to choose only 2 parks which should we do?

Spery, Iowa
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6. Re: Airport

2 parks, 7 days, YNP and GTNP.

Atlanta, Georgia
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7. Re: Airport

Yes Yellowstone and Grand Tetons if only 7 days.

You really need 2 weeks to properly do all 3 national parks.

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