We planned out this trip over amonth ago, then decided we weren't happy with our plan - the duration of stays in the parks was wrong, and our route was unexciting. So we have decided to start again and open this up to all you contributors who so enjoy offering so many helpful and interesting suggestions of routes, things to see and do, places to visit/stay, etc. Also, anything we should avoid or be wary of, would be welcome information.
We will be doing a circular road trip, starting and finishing in Whiltefish, MT. We will already have purchased our America the Beatiful passes for all the NPs. We will have a normal rental sedan, not a SUV so certain routes are off limits to us.
We plan to depart Whitefish on the morning of Thursday, September 8 and would like to return to Whitefish on Wednesday, September 21 by late afternoon, so have 12 full days for the trip. We wish to visit Glacier National Park, Yellowstone NP and Grand Tetons NP. Apart from that, there are no deal breakers or must dos that I'm aware of.
We are a couple in mid/late 50s seeking scenic routes and interesting landmarks on the way, and we have some interest in American history and culture. We are both fit and healthy for our ages, but not athletes. We wish to spend some time in the parks, but are more interested in scenic day hikes rather than long, endurance hikes.
With regard to lodging and dining: We expect wayside motels and similar will meet our needs, and love to seek out down home diners and mom and pop places. We are familiar with the roadside American website, and know there are others with such recommendations, and are fans of the foodnetwork's 'Diners, Drive Ins and Dives' programs! Personal recommendations, however, are always appreciated.
Over to you guys ........Edited: 25 April 2011, 12:10