8 days in Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park & Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park & Colorado Itinerary

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Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Estes Park
— 2 nights


Grand Teton National Park — 1 night

The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Teton. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel of the Sacred Heart, then trek along Menor's Ferry Historical Trail, then admire all the interesting features of Teton Park Road, and finally take a memorable drive along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive.

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New York City to Grand Teton National Park is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Grand Teton National Park. When traveling from New York City in September, plan for little chillier days in Grand Teton National Park, with highs around 68°F, while nights are colder with lows around 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yellowstone National Park.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
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Yellowstone National Park — 4 nights

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Step out of the city life by going to Old Faithful and Firehole Canyon Drive. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Lone Star Geyser, take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls, stroll through Mystic Falls Trail, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Aurum Geyser.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip tool.

Traveling by car from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 1.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in September: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 60°F and lows are around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to fly to Estes Park.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Estes Park — 2 nights

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): look for gifts at Brownfield's, explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, and then take an exotic tour of Estes Park Guided Tours. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Spirit Hound Distillery.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to Estes Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, expect nights in Estes Park to be a bit warmer, around 50°F, while days are much hotter, around 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Spas
Side Trips
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Colorado travel guide

River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.