With so many things to see and do in Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, advance planning is a must. With that in mind, here's a collection of accessible itineraries to help you plan your travels. No matter how long you have - be it 24 hours or 10 days - these itineraries will help you make the most of your national park visit.
Start the day at the Apgar Visitor Center, then hop on an accessible Western Alpine Red Bus Tour (advance reservations required), which stops at Logan Pass and the accessible Trail of the Cedars. After the tour follow the .4-mile accessible Apgar Bike Path to Apgar Village, and have lunch at Eddie's Cafe. In the afternoon, explore the accessible trail off Apgar Loop Road that circles through the woods and along McDonald Creek. Next, head over to Lake McDonald, and take a stroll along the accessible Lake McDonald Path that winds alongside the shore. Save some time to take in the lake view from the picnic tables in back of Lake McDonald Lodge, then have dinner at Russell's Fireside Dining Room inside the lodge. Spend the night in an accessible room or cabin at Lake McDonald Lodge.
Spend the day exploring the Old Faithful area. Begin at the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center, then take a stroll around the iconic geyser and watch it erupt. Next, take a hike out to Morning Glory Pool on the multiuse path, and loop back to the visitor center through the Upper Geyser Basin. Have a quick bite to eat at the Glacier Grill at Old Faithful Snow Lodge, then spend the afternoon exploring Midway Geyser Basin. Top off the day with a scenic drive to Firehole Lake. Spend the night in an accessible cabin at Old Faithful Snow Lodge.
Start your day with a visit to the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center, located near the Moose Entrance, at the south end of the park. Continue north to the Menor's Ferry Historic District, and visit the Chapel of the Transfiguration, then stroll along the accessible trail that passes by the old general store, the ferry and the blacksmith's shop. Next, head over to the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve, and explore the visitor center and the surrounding wetlands. Have lunch at Dornan's Pizza & Pasta, then continue on to the iconic T. A Moulton Barn in the Mormon Row Historic District. Finally, head on up to Jenny Lake Lodge, but stop for a short stroll on the String Lake Trail on the way. Enjoy dinner and an accessible overnight stay at Jenny Lake Lodge.
After the one-day Glacier itinerary, head over to Two Medicine on the east side of the park on the second day. Stop at Goat Lick Overlook along the way on Highway 2, and catch a gander at the mountain goats at the end of the accessible trail. Stop for lunch at Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier Village, then continue on to Two Medicine and take an afternoon boat tour. Next, head over to Running Eagle Falls and explore the half-mile accessible trail through the woods. Finally, enjoy the scenic drive along Highway 89 to St. Mary, and spend the night in an accessible cabin at St. Mary Lodge.
Start day three with a visit to the St. Mary Visitor Center, and take the quarter-mile trail down to the Saint Mary River. Then hop in your car and drive over to Rising Sun, and stop to admire the views at St. Mary Overlook and Two Dog Flats along the way. Have lunch at the Two Dog Flats Grill at the Rising Sun Motor Inn, then head over to the boat docks for a gorgeous view of St. Mary Lake. Next, backtrack to St. Mary, then head north to Many Glacier. Enjoy the first part of the Swiftcurrent Lake Trail, then stop at Many Glacier Lodge and treat yourself to an ice cream cone and a great view of the glaciers that surround the lake. Plan to attend the free ranger program in the Lucerne Room, then have dinner in the Ptarmigan Dining Room, and spend the night at Many Glacier Lodge.
Begin with the one-day Yellowstone itinerary, then head over to West Thumb to explore that geyser basin on day two. Take a scenic drive along the shore of Yellowstone Lake and stop for lunch at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel. Spend the afternoon driving through Yellowstone's Grand Canyon, and spend the night at Canyon Lodge, the largest hotel in the park.
On the third day, pick up a picnic lunch at the Canyon Lodge Deli, then head over to Norris. Spend the morning exploring a portion of Back Basin, then visit the Norris Museum and the Museum of the National Park Ranger. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the Norris Picnic Area, then head north and take a scenic drive along the Upper Terraces. Spend the night at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel.
Start with the one-day Grand Teton itinerary. After breakfast on the second day, head out to the front porch at Jenny Lake Lodge for the morning interpretive program. Then hop in your car and take the Jenny Lake Scenic Drive, with a stop at the Jenny Lake Overlook and the accessible forest trail to the campground along the way. Have lunch at the Peaks Restaurant at Signal Mountain Lodge, then head over to the Jenny Lake Visitor Center, and follow the half-mile Jenny Lake Trail along the shore. Top off the afternoon with a an accessible cruise on scenic Jenny Lake, then continue north to Jackson Lake Lodge for an overnight stay.
On day three explore the trails at Jackson Dam and visit the Chapel of the Sacred Heart in the morning. Then take the scenic drive to the top of Signal Mountain Road, and have lunch at the Ranch House at Colter Bay. In the afternoon explore the Colter Bay Visitor Center and the lakeshore trail, and then spend the night in an accessible cabin at Colter Bay Lodge.
Yellowstone & Glacier
Follow the three-day Yellowstone itinerary, then take the scenic drive up to Lake McDonald Lodge on the fourth day. Spend the night at Lake McDonald Lodge, then follow the three-day Glacier itinerary
Yellowstone & Grand Teton
Follow the three-day Grand Teton itinerary, then on day four pick up a sandwich at the Café Court in Colter Bay and explore the northern section of Highway 191. Stop at Elk Ranch Flats Overlook and the Cunningham Cabin Historic Site, then backtrack up to the Pacific Creek Picnic Area for lunch al fresco. Continue north, exit the park and spend the night at Flagg Ranch on the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Continue along the next day with the three-day Yellowstone itinerary.
Follow the three-day Grand Teton itinerary, then add on the one week Yellowstone & Glacier itinerary. And if you have more time, add in a few extra nights to just sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery in these magnificent national parks.