In many ways, May is the best time to visit two of the West's most iconic national parks, Glacier and Yellowstone.
Sure, many of the roads are still closed for snow. But that means the parks are largely uncrowded in the fresh spring air.
In Yellowstone, only a handful of people were on hand as we watched Old Faithful blow. And in Glacier, the Going to the Sun Highway remained closed, but that offered a splendid opportunity to ride the highway on a bike. The park opens the road for early riding as the snow is cleared to Logan Pass.
The camping was excellent at Madison in Yellowstone, a gorgeous spot near Geyser Basin. And in Glacier, Apgar was open with plenty of sites available for those out for the early season.
If you're planning to visit these parks, you'll find most facilities open by June. And the Going to the Sun Highway is scheduled to open for traffic on June 22, weather permitting.