Note: This schedule is preliminary and it is subject to change at any time up until the start of the event. Some times in the schedule may change and a final time schedule will be made available to all TT West 2022 attendees at the event. Also, the distances listed are approximate and can change due to weather, road construction and/or other unforeseen circumstances, so please view these distances as best estimates.
Arrive in Cody, Wyoming and visit one of the best Native American and American arms museums in the United States at the Center of the West complex of three museums. They are open until 6 PM. Also, Yellowstone National Park is 70 miles to the west via Route 14. To complete your Western immersion, end your day at the Cody Night Rodeo. The host hotel is the Cody Cowboy Village at 203 West Yellowstone Avenue.
Weather: Cody, Wyoming (current)
The trip begins with the challenging twisties of the Chief Joseph Highway route 296 which then joins the equally spectacular Beartooth Highway route 212. In the afternoon we travel the Beartooth Front Scenic Drive Highway 78 to Interstate 90. The day ends at the Baymont Inn in Bozeman, MT.
8:00 Registration in the Cowboy Village office parking lot.
8:45 Driver meeting.
9:00 Depart for Red Lodge MT with stops at Dead Indian Summit Overlook (8000'), Painter Outpost comfort stop, and Rock Creek Vista (9200' and outhouse facilities).
12:00 Arrive Red Lodge for lunch.
1:15 Depart Red Lodge via Highway 78 with a 1 hour stop at Museum of the Beartooths in Columbus MT, or the Montana Grizzly Encounter near Bozman. Entrance fee is not included in your registration.
4:30 Arrive Bozeman Baymont Inn, 2020 Wheat Drive, Bozeman.
Distance: 260 miles (approximately) Weather: Bozeman, Montana (current)
We follow part of the Montana Scenic Loop of Route 83 on our way to the west end of Glacier National Park ending in Whitefish, Montana.
8:00 Drivers Meeting in Baymont Inn parking lot.GET COVID TEST AFTER ARRIVAL
8:15 Depart Bozeman.
9:45 Arrive at Montana Historical Society Museum, 225 N. Roberts Street in Helena. Among the many exhibits the have a large collection of the famous western artist Charles Russell. Entrance fee is included with your registration.
10:45 Depart Helena.
12:15 Arrive Seeley Lake for lunch.
1:30 Depart Seeley Lake with a comfort stop at Swan Lake Gas & Grocery.
3:30 Arrive Grouse Mountain Lodge, 2 Fairway Drive, Whitefish MT.
Distance: 305 miles (approximately) Weather: Whitefish, Montana (current)
This trip focuses on two great roads through and around Glacier National Park. We start with the Going to the Sun Road through the Park to Saint Mary, and then head south via scenic Route 2 through the Park and back to Whitefish.
IMPORTANT: Each car must buy an "Entry Ticket" to enter the Going to the Sun Road (GTSR) which is different than the national parks pass. This is NOT included in your registration since each car must purchase it themselves. Note that the Ticket can be bought 120 days in advance and is good for 3 days so we recommend start trying to buy the Ticket starting April 24, 2022. Note also that you should set up your account to be able to buy the ticket several days before you plan to purchase your Ticket.
Obtaining an Entry Reservation Ticket
1. How far in advance can I purchase a GTSR Entry Reservation Ticket?
The GTSR Entry Tickets will go on sale through Recreation.gov on a rolling 60-day window.
2. How do I create an account in Recreation.gov?
It's easy! Go to Recreation.gov and click on "Sign Up" in the top right corner. From there, follow the prompts to create an account. You must have an account to obtain an entry ticket and we recommend creating your account well in advance of applying for your GTSR Entry Reservation Ticket.
3. How do I get an Entry Ticket for the Going-to-the-Sun Road?
Once you set up an account you will select the day of your visit, add it to your cart and make the payment. Visit the Recreation.gov Help Center article for more details on purchasing a GTSR Entry Reservation Ticket. Your ticket will be valid for entrance on the GTSR through either the West Entrance, St. Mary Entrance, or via the Camas Road. You will receive an e-mail confirmation with an attached Entry Ticket. Print out a copy of your ticket or download on your mobile device or on the Recreation.gov mobile app prior to arriving at the park.
You may also call to book your Entry Reservation Ticket. Entry Reservation Tickets are available by calling the Reservation Line: 877-444-6777, Reservation International: 606-515-6777 or Reservation Line (TDD) 877-833-6777.
8:00 Driver meeting in Grouse Mountain Lodge parking lot.
8:15 Depart to Saint Mary via the Going to the Sun Road with multiple stops.
12:30 Lunch in Saint Mary.
1:45 Depart for Whitefish with a comfort stop in East Glacier and a stop at Silver Staircase Waterfalls.
4:00 Arrive Grouse Mountain Lodge.
Distance: 200 miles (approximately) Weather: Whitefish, Montana (current)
9:15 Driver Meeting in Grouse Mountain Lodge parking lot.Make sure your immigration documents are in order.
9:30 Depart for Libby with a stop at lakeside Logan State Park for a comfort stop and lake views (Fee not included in registration).
12:00 Arrive at the Venture Inn at 1015 West 9'th Street in Libby for lunch.
1:15 Depart Libby for Yaak River Scenic Drive with a comfort stop in beautiful downtown Yaak.
3:30 Arrive at the Venture Inn.
Distance: 205 miles (approximately) Weather: Libby, Montana (current)
We start our trip by leaving Montana and briefly travelling through Idaho to cross the border into Canada at Kingsgate. After crossing into Canada we travel via the Kooteny and Banff National Parks to the Rocky Mountain town of Banff, a key venue for the 1988 Olympics.
The time required to be processed through Canadian customs is unknown but is expected to be about than 30 minutes for our group. So the schedule after Kingsgate is not specifically defined.
8:00 Driver meeting.
8:15 Depart for Kingsgate border crossing.
5:00 Arrive Banff Bow View Lodge at 228 Bow Avenue.
6:30 Farewell dinner.
Distance: 300 miles (approximately) Weather: Banff, Alberta, Canada (current)
Today we explore the Banff National Park Icefields Parkway.
8:15 Driver meeting.
9:00 Stop in Lake Louise for gas and comfort stop.
10:10 Stop at Bow Lake Viewpoint.
11:30 Arrive at Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre for lunch and sightseeing.
13:50 Arrive Weeping Wall overlook.
15:10 Arrive at the famous Fairmont Chateau in Lake Louise. On your own for the rest of the day.
Distance: 200 miles (approximately) Weather: Banff, Alberta, Canada (current)
NOTE: Because of potential changes in border crossing requirements due to COVID, it is possible that ALL TT West participants will use the alternate Friday route. Therefore, TT West participants who plan to enter Canada should also make a hotel reservation for the alternate route ending in Missoula in case travel into Canada becomes too restrictive. A final decision for entering Canada will be made in early August 2022.
This drive follows the Bull, Clark Fork, and Flathead rivers with lots of pullouts to enjoy the scenery.
9:15 Driver's meeting.
9:30 Depart Libby with several vista stops.
11:45 Arrive at Thompson Falls for lunch. Many lake-view restaurants.
1:00 Depart with several vista stops.
4:00 Arrive Missoula Super 8 Reserve Street at 4703 North reserve Street.
5:30 Farewell dinner if the alternate route is taken by the entire group.
Distance: 190 miles (approximately) Weather: Missoula, Montana (current)