Trip Planning Assistance: Rainier, Cascade & Glacier NPs
We are asking your assistance in planning a (3 weeks, preferably) trip to Rainier, Cascade and Glacier National Parks. We plan to leave from San Francisco sometime before Labor Day (Yes, we know!) and get back home by September 18 (because of family obligations). We are retired and otherwise our time is free and flexible. Obviously, the conundrum is when to travel so we avoid Labor Day traffic. All reserved spots in these parks are taken. There are "first come, first served" spots that are posted online when they are occupied.
Please understand that it is not our preference to be camping on Labor Day weekend as the campers tend to be rowdier and it will be CROWDED. We relish camping in the low seasons when all is more quiet. That may not be an option is this case. Alternatively we would have to travel after September 20th and it could be very cold, possibly snowy and campgrounds could be closed.
Our questions are as follows:
1. When, do you think (or from personal experience) should we arrive in one of the parks before Labor Day to assure having a campsite?
2. Which park would be the best to be in over Labor Day weekend?
3. In which camp order would you suggest camping?
4. Might there be campgrounds near one of these parks that would be pleasant over the Labor Day weekend if the NP is full, full, full?
Many thanks to all who choose to assist us in our camping plans.
The Gleeful Glamper
"Here we go again on another amazing adventure"