A Magical Trip: Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_gallery type=”flexslider_fade” interval=”3″ images=”4732,4733,4734,4737,4738,4739″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_self” img_size=”600×400″ title=”Yellowstone National Park”][vc_gallery type=”flexslider_fade” interval=”3″ images=”4740,4741,4742,4743″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_self” title=”Glacier National Park ” img_size=”600×400″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The National Parks are obvious attractions for RV owners who love to see the natural beauty of our country. While nearly all of the parks are worth a trip, two in particular make for an unforgettable experience – Yellowstone, and Glacier. Seeing just one of these parks would make for a special treat, but visiting them both on the same trip is an opportunity you simply can’t pass up.

The good news? These two notable parks are located less than 400 miles apart, making a trip that includes both destinations easily achievable. The Yellowstone-Glacier combo will require some planning, as both parks are very busy during the summer months, but there is hardly a better way imaginable to spend time in your RV.

Yellowstone National Park occupies the northwest corner of Wyoming, while Glacier is in Montana, near the Canadian border. Each park offers a combination of stunning scenery, fascinating history, and abundant wildlife. Whether you wish to embark on long hikes to immerse yourself in the nature, or you would rather enjoy the views from your vehicle, Yellowstone and Glacier are simply not to be missed.

Visiting Yellowstone in an RV

Even those who have never visited Yellowstone have likely heard of many of the popular attractions such as Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. This incredible region is considered to be the first National Park in the world, and for good reason. When planning on visiting Yellowstone in your RV, there are a couple of approaches you can take. One option would be to drive your RV into the park, staying at a designated RV campground such as the Fishing Bridge RV Park near the Yellowstone River. Or, instead, you could stay at one of the RV campgrounds surrounding the park, using your tow-along vehicle to make day trips inside of the park itself.

 

Both of these methods can lead to an enjoyable Yellowstone experience. While it is a great opportunity to camp right inside the park, you may find that those spots are difficult to secure during the popular summer season. Also, getting around some of the curvy roads within Yellowstone may be more enjoyable when you have left your RV behind at a campground.

Visiting Glacier in an RV

While not as famous as Yellowstone, Glacier National Park doesn’t need to take a backseat when it comes to scenery and memorable experiences. Specifically, the Going to the Sun Road is one of the most-spectacular drives in all of the world. The road goes over the Continental Divide at Logan Pass, and is not for the faint of heart as there are steep dropoffs in a number of locations.

There is no doubt that the Going to the Sun Road is an incredible experience, however, it is not a good fit for most RV’s. Due to the narrow, winding nature of the road, there is a limit on the size of vehicles that are allowed to make the trip. Specifically, vehicles longer than 21 feet or wider than 8 feet are not allowed on specific parts of the road. Therefore, your RV is likely not going to be able to make this journey with you. Fortunately, there are other options. Of course, you could use your tow-along vehicle, assuming you have one. Also, there are tour busses and shuttles available for those who don’t have a suitable vehicle for the road.

Just as with Yellowstone, there are RV camping options both inside and outside of Glacier National Park. If you would like to be able to make reservations for your trip, you might be better off opting for a campground outside the park, as reservation options inside the park are limited.

Every RV owner should strive to experience each of these two parks at least once in their lifetime. If you live near to the Wyoming/Montana region, you could visit them on separate trips in order to spend more time at each. However, if you are coming from a long distance away, the two parks proximity to one another make it perfectly reasonable to visit both in the same trip. Plan carefully, make reservations when possible, and look forward to one of the greatest experiences of your life.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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