A National Park Tour for the Ages
Rocky Mountain to Glacier
There’s no shortage of routes you can devise to check off some of the West’s most unforgettable national parks. But perhaps the best is a roughly thousand-mile-long haul that starts in Denver and ends in West Glacier, near the Canadian border. You’ll begin with Rocky Mountain National Park, where you can swim in Emerald Lake in the shadow of Long’s Peak, and finish with Glacier National Park. Along the way, you’ll drive through Grand Teton, where you can do a two-day climb up the Grand or simply paddleboard down the Snake River.
Then fly-fish your way through Yellowstone, leaving time to take in a few of the park’s famous waterfalls and soak in a backcountry hot spring. When you arrive in Glacier, keep right on driving to the top of Going-to-the-Sun Road, a 50-mile-long marvel that takes you past glaciers, lakes, and bighorn sheep. By the end, you’ll have sampled a little bit of everything the wild West has to offer. — Gordy Megroz
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