Besides our channel and website, there are some other incredible resources out there to help you plan your trip. Matt is always looking at maps and we both think that doing a pre-cation (really learning about the area before we visit) really ads to the trip.
When you enter either of the parks, they will give you a pretty nice map at no additional charge. They’ll also give you a newspaper that talks about the things going on that year. Read both of them. The have some great information. Cell phones in general get poor reception in both parks (really bad in Yellowstone) so don’t rely on your GPS.
Even though my trip research go-to is YouTube, travel books still serve an important purpose. They have great photos, organization, maps, and information about local attractions and animals. They don’t require Wi-Fi and you can usually just check a couple out at the library. Moon Yellowstone to Glacier National Park Road Trip has some great details and information including:
- Maps and Driving Tools: Easy-to-use maps keep you oriented on and off the highway, along with site-to-site mileage, driving times, detailed directions for the entire route, and full-color photos throughout
- Eat, Sleep, Stop and Explore: With lists of the best hikes, views, places for wildlife-watching, and more, you can watch Old Faithful from Observation Point, drive the 50-mile Going-to-the-Sun Road, spot everything from bighorn sheep to bears on a wildlife tour of Yellowstone’s Lamar and Hayden valleys, and kick back with a craft beer in Bozeman
- Outdoor Adventures: Hike the trails in Glacier or ski in Whitefish. Admire the reflection of the Grand Tetons as you kayak Jenny Lake or set up camp and stargaze late into the night
- The Best Hikes: Detailed descriptions, trail maps, mileage and elevation gains, and backpacking options
- Flexible Itineraries: Drive the entire two-week route or explore the region on shorter trips to Glacier, Yellowstone, or Grand Teton
- Local Expertise: Former wilderness guide Carter G. Walker shares her deep love of the region
- How to Plan Your Trip: Know when and where to get gas and how to avoid traffic, plus tips for driving in different road and weather conditions and suggestions for LGBTQ travelers, seniors, and road-trippers with kids
- Coverage of Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Glacier National Parks, Bozeman, Jackson Hole, Cody, Whitefish, and more
Death in Yellowstone– from geysers to grizzlies, this book goes into the tragic ways people have died in Yellowstone as a cautionary tale with some high entertainment value.