Dear fellow RTA members,
We are couple from Australia visiting SFO - Yosemite - Tetons - Yellowstone - Glacier NP this summer. We have already booked airfares, accommodation in SF and Yosemite campgrounds (I am glad I stayed at 1am local time as sites disappeared within seconds of being released...). We will be tenting and using motels on “driving days”. We love nature (especially mountains) and want to spend as much time as possible hiking etc and as little as possible driving (I know it is unavoidable as USA is huge...).
• Specifically I need your suggestions for section between Lake Tahoe toward Tetons. What is your suggestion is it better to drive via Winnemucca and Idaho Falls or Garden City or something else? Any stops along the way?
• Also we would like to see rodeo events. We are currently planning to go to the "Montana Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition" on Aug/23 in Bozeman and “Jefferson County Rodeo” in Boulder on Aug/24. Would you recommend doing that or attending rodeo at West Yellowstone? I thought event at West Yellowstone may be too much touristy and not genuine American experience – what are your thoughts please?
• Would you strongly suggest some reshuffling of my schedule and why?
• Also suggestions of “not to miss day hikes” in Tetons are appreciated (I have guide books for other destinations).
Following is our itinerary
1-Aug Friday SF Arrive/Rest
2-Aug Saturday SF - Golden Gate/Fisherman's wharf
3-Aug Sunday SF - Alcatraz
4-Aug Monday SF - Height
5-Aug Tuesday SF - SFMOMA / East Bay (Oakland, Berkeley)
6-Aug Wednesday Get Car drive to Yosemite 5 hours - 300km - set camp at Yosemite - CRANE FLAT
7-Aug Thursday Yosemite - Explore valley
8-Aug Friday Yosemite - Explore valley
9-Aug Saturday Yosemite - Explore south, Glacier point - Mariposa Grove sequoias
10-Aug Sunday Yosemite (Drive Tioga pass road, set camp at Tuolumne Meadows pm, walkabout)
11-Aug Monday Yosemite - Explore Tuolumne Meadows
12-Aug Tuesday Drive to Lake Tahoe via Mono Lake (5 hours 300km / 3 hours 200km from Mono Lake)
13-Aug Wednesday Lake Tahoe, leave 3pm drive toward Winnemucca (4 hours, 350km), sleep motel
14-Aug Thursday Drive toward Idaho Falls (730km, 10 hours on the road) or Garden City UT (770km)
15-Aug Friday Tetons - arrive Jackson after 3 hours drive (160km from Idaho Falls, 240km from Garden City)
16-Aug Saturday Tetons - Jenny Lake
17-Aug Sunday Tetons - Float on Snake river
18-Aug Monday Tetons - hike
19-Aug Tuesday Yellowstone
20-Aug Wednesday Yellowstone
21-Aug Thursday Yellowstone
22-Aug Friday Yellowstone
23-Aug Saturday Leave Yellowstone early, drive via Gallatin to Bozeman - (Attend "Montana Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition", main show at 6pm)
24-Aug Sunday drive toward Glacier NP, stop to visit Jefferson County Rodeo in Boulder (NRA Rodeo at 2pm) (150 km / 2 hours from Bozeman)
25-Aug Monday Arrive Glacier NP after 400km approx 6 hours drive from Boulder
26-Aug Tuesday Glacier NP - Rest / Explore Lake McDonald locally
27-Aug Wednesday Glacier NP - Going to the Sun Road; Avalanche Lake trail (3-4 hours); Finish in Many Glacier / Swiftcurrent Lake
28-Aug Thursday Glacier NP - Drive Chief Mountain International Hwy to Waterton (80km, 2 hours); Waterton; Boat ride; Red Rock Canyon;
29-Aug Friday Glacier NP - in the afternoon drive to Two Medicine (130km, 3 hours) then retrace Going to The Sun Road or use Hwy 2 to Apgar
30-Aug Saturday Drive to Kalispell in the morning, (60km, 1 hour from Apgar), Depart USA approx 4 PM
31-Aug Sunday Fly
1-Sep Monday Arrive Sydney am - go to work…