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Old Yesterday, 01:12 PM
 
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We are looking at one week trip to Yellowstone/Glacier National Park in September- coming from SF Bay Area. What website would you recommend to get the best packages - airfare plus hotel plus rental car. Would even consider driving all the way but would prefer best place to fly into - SLC, Bozeman, Missoula, Kalispell? Also, I see that although airfare does not look so expensive (around $250 - $300) roundtrip, lodging costs and car rentals seem quite exorbitant. That's why considering traveling in September - perhaps lower costs. Would like to see Teton National Park but Jackson Hole looks very very expensive to stay in. Any suggestions?
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Old Today, 06:37 AM
 
Location: In the land beyond Ohare!
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Costs are high due to pent up demand and they are likely to remain high going into next year. Frankly, I book directly with hotels and airlines as I still receive reasonable pricing, plus I have a better chance of rescheduling or obtaining a refund should things go bad. Rental car? Be prepared for low inventory/high prices!
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Old Today, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Hotel costs in national parks or adjacent areas have also long been quite high (the park is often surrounded by other National Forest or other federal land, leading to limited ability to build new hotels). The Hampton Inn in Jackson Hole, Wyoming has routinely run over $400 a night during the summer for years and gets poor reviews on top of it.

And this summer is even worse because so much money from vacations cancelled last year and stimulus payments is chasing a smaller number of destinations due to many borders being closed until it was too late to plan for a summer trip to Paris or Barcelona.

Try for a 'second tier' but still awesome nature trip for something like Grand Junction, Colorado (Colorado National Monument, Grand Mesa) Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Durango/Mesa Verde. It still won't be cheap, and airfare will be more but it's a great part of the country and shouldn't be as overrun as the bigger names.
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Old Today, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Costs are high due to pent up demand and they are likely to remain high going into next year. Frankly, I book directly with hotels and airlines as I still receive reasonable pricing, plus I have a better chance of rescheduling or obtaining a refund should things go bad. Rental car? Be prepared for low inventory/high prices!
Bingo. Additionally, reservations are going to be slim pickings at this late date.
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Old Today, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Malta
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Usually, I like to book directly with airlines, but that's a bit more work to collect all the best offers.

[url]https://www.skyscanner.net/[/url] --> Skyscanner usually covers it all, but I like to search hotels on Booking, they usually have a better selection [url]https://www.booking.com/[/url]

[url]https://www.rentalcars.com/[/url] should get you covered on the car

Usually, these three will be great for a holiday.
Some other sites I have success with, mostly for air tickets:
[url]https://momondo.com/[/url]
[url]https://cheapflightsfares.com/[/url]
[url]https://topflightsnow.com/[/url]
[url]https://cheapflights.com/[/url]

These are okey sites for finding a deal sometimes

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Old Today, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Inland Northwest
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We are looking at one week trip to Yellowstone/Glacier National Park in September- coming from SF Bay Area. What website would you recommend to get the best packages - airfare plus hotel plus rental car. Would even consider driving all the way but would prefer best place to fly into - SLC, Bozeman, Missoula, Kalispell? Also, I see that although airfare does not look so expensive (around $250 - $300) roundtrip, lodging costs and car rentals seem quite exorbitant. That's why considering traveling in September - perhaps lower costs. Would like to see Teton National Park but Jackson Hole looks very very expensive to stay in. Any suggestions?
We were there in late September last year and had a great visit with good weather. It's a 4 1/2 hour drive from our place and we rented an AirBnB in Whitefish that worked out very well. A buddy who has a cabin on Lake Five just outside the park told me we were very lucky. He said that they've had visitors in September and as often as not clouds roll in and kind of ruin the views that the park is so famous for. Not that big a deal if you have a place there but if you're only there for a couple of days the odds aren't great. Not sure if it's sill an issue but the eastern entrance to the park was closed because of covid.

If you roll the dice and are as lucky as we were, Highline trail is not to be missed. We picked late season huckleberries and saw the most magnificent mountain goat. Good luck!
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