You'll encounter some of the most breathtaking scenery on earth on this leisurely 14-night fly-drive holiday to three of the Rocky Mountain's most spectacular national parks - Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Glacier. With relatively short mileages for this vast area, you have time to put on your walking boots and fully explore the parks, spending less time behind the wheel and more time enjoying the fresh mountain air.
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Distance: 218 miles
Rise and shine early and enjoy a hearty before you set off on your Rocky Mountain adventure. Soak in the impressive scenery of the Absaroka Mountain Range and the Little Belt Mountains before arriving at Great Falls, a western city located on the high plains of the Rocky Mountain Front Range.
Distance: 250 miles
Leave Great Falls behind today and drive along the scenic byway that leads to Glacier National Park, 'The Crown Jewel of the Continent'. Known for seemingly endless acres of rugged and breathtaking landscapes, Glacier National Park was established in 1910 and stands today as a monument to wild, natural places. Must-dos include a ride on the historic Red Jammer vintage buses, a cruise on Swiftcurrent Lake and a scenic drive along the Going-to-the-Sun-Road.
Distance: 259 miles
On your drive south, you'll cruise in the shadow of the impressive Mission Mountain Range and and hug the shores of beautiful Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. Stop for a pancake brunch in the charming lakeside village of Big Fork, named 'One of the Great 50 Towns of the West'. Your overnight stop is in the historic western mining town of Helena, where Gary Cooper grew up.
Distance: 228 miles
It's wall-to-wall scenery all the way today as you journey from Big Sky Country into Wyoming and the mighty Yellowstone National Park. This is the world's first national park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to half of the world's geysers. The three days here will allow you time to explore this stunning area at a leisurely pace.
Distance: 90 miles
It's a short scenic drive south today from Yellowstone to Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park.
Your base for your stay in this region is the charming western town of Jackson, just a 30 minute drive from the entrance the national park.
You'll see the silver peaks of this mountain range cut into the blue sky as you approach this incredible national park. Full of valleys, lakes, rivers, forest and wildlife, this park also has a rich cultural history with old homesteads and cattle ranches. Be sure to take a cruise on Jenny Lake and also ride up a short trail that leads past Hidden Falls to Inspiration Point, where you'll enjoy unsurpassed views of the Grand Tetons.
In the evening in Jackson head for the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson Town Square, or go shopping for western gear and gifts in the little boutiques. If you fancy a bit of adventure then why not try rafting along the Snake River or enjoy The Jackson Hole Rodeo, which takes place from June to early September.
Distance: 227 miles
Today is all about the drive as you head north back into Yellowstone and journey through the heart of the park before heading east along one of the USA's most scenic and dramatic drives - The Beartooth Highway. This 68 mile highway has been dubbed 'The Most Beautiful Road in America' and is a series of switchback turns that climb to an astounding elevation of 10,947 feet. You'll encounter terrain from lush pine forests to alpine tundra along the way and at the summit you'll find yourself in a sky-high world of glacial cirques, crystal clear alpine lakes and snow that lingers through the summer months. Your overnight is in the charming western town of Red Lodge.
Distance: 59 miles
This afternoon you may want to consider a drive to the Little Big Horn Battlefield. This area memorialises the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry and the Sioux and Cheyenne in one of the Indian's last armed efforts to preserve their way of life. Here on June 25 and 26 of 1876, 263 soldiers, including Lt. Col. George A. Custer and attached personnel of the U.S. Army, died fighting several thousand Lakota, and Cheyenne warriors.
Depart Billings on your mid-morning flight back to the UK. However, your adventure doesn't have to end here. You may decide to extend your stay and include a city break in Seattle or across the border to Vancouver.
Call the travel specialists at Bon Voyage to discuss your ideal Yellowstone, Glacier and Grand Teton National Parks adventure.