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My response if from a hiker’s perspective – I apologize if that’s not relevant. I’m also not trying to take into account driving time or mileage. Generally speaking, the Tetons and Yellowstone will be at a higher elevation... More
My response if from a hiker’s perspective – I apologize if that’s not relevant. I’m also not trying to take into account driving time or mileage. Generally speaking, the Tetons and Yellowstone will be at a higher elevation than Glacier – don’t know if altitude acclimation is a concern. I was trying to think of a way for you to work in the Beartooth Highway – especially if I-90 is part of your travel plans. If you go that way, give yourself plenty of time to stop and experience the grandeur. If you plan to hike, then consider making the east side of Glacier Park your home base – for excursions to Many Glacier and Two Medicine. One approach would be to wear yourself out first at Glacier Park, then take a relative break seeing the thermal features and natural wonders of Yellowstone Park – and finish with more hiking and sightseeing at Teton National Park (at altitude). If hiking is not on your agenda, then I would say that each of those National Parks has unique features - and it wouldn’t matter which one was visited last. For possible routes on the east side of the Continental Divide, Highway 89 is a relatively nice drive (maybe not the fastest) from Browning, down next to the Northern Rocky Mountain Front through small towns, through Great Falls (Lewis and Clark) / King’s Hill / White Sulphur Springs down to Livingston. If your trip plans involve I-80 across southern Wyoming, consider a side trip on Wyoming 130 through the Snowy Range past Lake Marie. That part would definitely be at altitude. Hope this helps, have a great trip.