Glacier Park to Yellowstone
This is a tremendous route. In fact, 40% of Yellowstone Park’s visitors also plan to spend time in Montana’s beautiful Glacier National Park. Located in NW Montana, Glacier Park is one of the country’s most breathtakingly beautiful national parks. Phenomenal hiking awaits you and awesome vistas are a constant for visitors driving through Glacier Park.
National Park, WY
Total milage: 590
Glacier National Park
Follow US 2 west 30 miles to Glacier; continue to East Glacier Village. Backtrack to a park lodge of your choice. Delve deep into Glacier National Park with a tour of Going-to-the-Sun Road, a high-mountain highway with stunning views of the Continental Divide. Stop at the Logan Pass Visitor Center to scope for mountain goats or take a quick hike. Grab lunch in East Glacier Village, then head back across the park. Bunk at one of the park’s many historic lodges.
Take US 2 east to Kalispell, then US 93 south. Merge onto I-90 east and head to Missoula. Your morning drive takes you past 30-mile-long Flathead Lake, a boating and fishing paradise. Continue on to lively Missoula. Tour the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Visitor Center or paddle at the Brennan’s Wave water park. Finish the day with a pint from Big Sky Brewery.
Take I-90 east to Drummond, then turn south on MT 1. Continue 25 miles to Philipsburg. Your first stop: peaceful Philipsburg, Montana. Ogle sparkling gems at The Sapphire Gallery, then learn more about western culture at Granite County Museum & Cultural Center. Treat your sweet tooth at The Sweet Palace.
Fairmont Hot Springs
Continue south on MT 1. Turn right on Crackerville Rd., then right on Fairmont Dr. Continue to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. The afternoon’s drive takes you past beautiful Georgetown Lake, a hot spot for boating, fishing, and windsurfing. Take in the view, then continue to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort .
Take Fairmont Rd. east to I-90 east. Continue to Butte. Begin day four with a trolley tour with Butte Trolley or a trip to Butte’s downtown antique stores. Got energy? Enjoy a morning hike in nearby Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.
Virginia City, MT
Take I-90 east to MT 55 south. Take MT 287 south to Virginia City. Experience the history of the wild west in Virginia City. This well-preserved ghost town was once a thriving gold mining center.
West Yellowstone, MT
Take MT 287 south to US 287 south. Head south on US 191 and continue to West Yellowstone. Finish day four in West Yellowstone, the gateway town to Yellowstone National Park. Don’t miss the wildlife at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and whoop it up at Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo.
For more information:
102 Things to Do in Glacier Country www.glaciermt.com/102-things-to-do.php
Explore Southwest Montana southwestmt.com