11 days in West Yellowstone, Gardiner & Jackson Hole Itinerary

11 days in West Yellowstone, Gardiner & Jackson Hole Itinerary

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West Yellowstone
— 4 nights
2
Gardiner
— 2 nights
3
Jackson Hole
— 4 nights

4
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Midway Geyser Basin and Firehole River. Get outdoors at Grand Prismatic Spring and Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Get out of town with these interesting West Yellowstone side-trips: Yellowstone National Park (Terrace Spring & Gibbon Falls). The adventure continues: cast your line with a fishing tour, get outside with Yellowstone Nature Connection, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Yellowstone, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Two Top.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our West Yellowstone road trip planning tool.

Jackson Hole to West Yellowstone is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect slightly colder evenings in West Yellowstone when traveling from Jackson Hole in September, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
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Gibbon Falls ©
Gibbon Falls
Fishing Charters & Tours
Midway Geyser Basin ©
Midway Geyser Basin

2
nights
Gardiner

Gardiner ©
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): look for gifts at Parks' Fly Shop, thenmake a trip to Roosevelt Arch, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Undine Falls, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Beaver Ponds Loop Trail. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River, thenstroll through Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, and then trek along Inspiration Point.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Gardiner trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Gardiner takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Gardiner, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Fri) before leaving for Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Gardiner

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
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Roosevelt Arch ©
Roosevelt Arch
Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River ©
Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River
Inspiration Point ©
Inspiration Point

4
nights
Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole ©
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Escape the urban bustle at Oxbow Bend and Rendezvous Mountain. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Inspiration Point and Teton Raptor Center. Get out of town with these interesting Jackson Hole side-trips: Grand Teton National Park (Hidden Falls, Cascade Canyon, &more). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum, don't miss a visit to Town Square, head outdoors with Bridger Gondola, and view the masterpieces at Mangelsen Images of Nature.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Jackson Hole vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Gardiner to Jackson Hole takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In October, daily temperatures in Jackson Hole can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Grand Teton National Park
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Teton Raptor Center ©
Teton Raptor Center
Oxbow Bend ©
Oxbow Bend
Rendezvous Mountain ©
Rendezvous Mountain

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