I'm thinking about a last-minute trip from Portland, OR to Glacier NP, Yellowstone NP, and Grand Tetons NP. What are the best roads to take there? I have two weeks in mid-Sept.
I'd like to stop in Spokane to see friends. I'm really not sure the best way of getting to Glacier NP from Spokane - no straight shot there.
I'm also worried about the time involved. Am I trying to see too much in two weeks? I am willing to do a few days of 7-8 hours of driving, but other days I'd like to drive shorter distances and enjoy the parks. What is the minimum time needed for each of these parks? If I have time to see other things along the way - what should I see? Where are good places to stay along the route?
And am I insane for planning this so late - will there be places to stay? Should I make reservations if I can or just wing it?
P.S. I previously posted about a trip to Colorado and Arches in Sept. My budget just isn't allowing for the airfare and rental car. I appreciate all suggestions I received on that trip - can't wait to do it. Just next year!