16 days in Banff National Park & Wyoming Itinerary

16 days in Banff National Park & Wyoming Itinerary

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Start: New York City, United States
Fly + Shuttle:  12 h 45 min
1
Banff National Park, Canada
— 3 nights
Drive:  12 h 30 min
2
Yellowstone National Park, United States
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Jackson, United States
— 4 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  8 h 15 min
End: Detroit, United States

3
nights
Banff National Park, Canada

Banff National Park ©
Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses.
Get outdoors at Moraine Lake and Lake Agnes. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cave and Basin National Historic Site and Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. It doesn't end there: hike along Plain of Six Glaciers and cruise along Bow Valley Parkway.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Banff National Park trip builder app.

New York City, USA to Banff National Park is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from New York City in August, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Banff National Park: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Moraine Lake ©
Moraine Lake
Plain of Six Glaciers ©
Plain of Six Glaciers
Lake Agnes ©
Lake Agnes

6
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Yellowstone National Park, United States

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Take a break from the city and head to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Artist Point. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mud Volcano and Firehole Canyon Drive. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Artists’ Paintpots, explore the activities along Dragon's Mouth Springs, appreciate the extensive heritage of Uncle Tom's Trail, and admire the local landmark of Fountain Paint Pot.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

Getting from Banff National Park to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 13.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Yellowstone National Park can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Jackson.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Firehole Canyon Drive ©
Firehole Canyon Drive

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Jackson, United States

Jackson ©
The town of Jackson serves as a base for trips to the nearby Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, National Elk Refuge, and several ski resorts.
Get some historical perspective at Mormon Row Historic District and Chapel of the Transfiguration. Discover out-of-the-way places like Jenny Lake and Jackson Lake. Go for a jaunt from Jackson to Moran to see Oxbow Bend about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Laurance Rockefeller Preserve, catch a live event at Jackson Hole Rodeo, make a trip to Town Square, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Antelope Flats.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Jackson trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Jackson, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jackson

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole
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Laurance Rockefeller Preserve ©
Laurance Rockefeller Preserve
Jenny Lake ©
Jenny Lake
Oxbow Bend ©
Oxbow Bend

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