Planning on visiting Yellowstone and glacier National parks in the fall. Which airport is best to fly in to?
There are a number of options but depending on what you want to do and how much time you have, none are *best*.
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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!!
PamEdited: 11 May 2018, 00:41
If we have to choose only 2 parks which should we do?
2 parks, 7 days, YNP and GTNP.
Yes Yellowstone and Grand Tetons if only 7 days.
You really need 2 weeks to properly do all 3 national parks.