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Yellowstone + Grand Teton

  • 460+Audio Points
  • LocationWyoming, USA
  • Suggested TimeAllow 2+ Days

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What to Expect

America’s first National Park – Yellowstone, continues to awe visitors with amazing geothermal features; geysers, boiling mud, fumaroles and hot springs that are abundant throughout the park, as well as spectacular mountains, lakes, canyons and rivers. It is also home to a diverse range of wildlife including grizzly bears, bison, wolves, elk and pronghorn.

Grand Teton National Park serene beauty is a fantastic contrast to the volatility of Yellowstone.  With perhaps even better wildlife spotting opportunities and fewer visitors vying for that perfect image.

NEW DESIGN & MORE COMMENTARY FOR 2021


We’ve constantly updating and revising the tours, and we’ve added even more to our Yellowstone & Grand Teton Tours.  Now included is the Lamar Valley and commentary starting right from each National Park entrance.  Bonus if you’ve used the tour previously it’s included for free in the new version.

Just make sure you’re using the new single app design with this icon.

As we drive the Grand Loop Drive, you’ll appreciate the geology 101 recap to better understand the popular geothermal wonders like Old Faithful in the Upper Geyser Basin and Grand Prismatic Spring in the Midway Geyser Basin, while we reveal some lessor visited areas, that are equally stunning.

See why it’s considered a megafauna location with the largest concentration of mammals in the lower 48, and uncover the story behind how a tiny Yellowstone bacterium helps solves crimes.  And visit the historical remnants of the pioneering settlers on their forge West and the visit the location of one of the most popular images help to promote the concept of National Parks.

The tour is filled with many other stories, tips and directions that will help refine and enhance your Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park experience.

Listen to the Tour Intro

Highlights

  • Chapel of the Transfiguration
  • Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
  • Grand Prismatic Spring & Midway Geyser Basin
  • Jenny Lake
  • Lamar Valley
  • Mammoth Hot Springs
  • Menors Ferry
  • Moose Wilson Road
  • Mormon Row
  • Norris Geyser Basin
  • Old Faithful & Upper Geyser Basin
  • Signal Mountain
  • West Thumb Geyser Basin of Lake Yellowstone
  • Wildlife

Map

Construction Projects Affecting Roads

The road between Tower-Roosevelt and Chittenden Road will be completely closed until May 2022.  For full details go to Yellowstone National Park Road Closures webpage or watch our video.

Suggested Start Location

There are 7 different places where visitors can enter either Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Parks and you can join the tour from any of them. 

Suggested Time

It is recommended that the minimum amount of time to spend is 2 days in Yellowstone and 1 day in Grand Teton in order to be able to see just the main features of each Park. 

Driving Distance

It’s around 250 miles to complete the Grand Loop, drive between the Parks on the John D Rockefeller Jr Memorial Parkway, and explore Grand Tetons roads.

FAQ

WHAT IS YELLOWSTONE FAMOUS FOR?

Yellowstone is the world’s first national park, and awes visitors with its otherworldly bubbling hot pots and steamy geothermal features as well as its spectacular mountain scenery, vast canyons, and abundant wildlife. Its neighbor, Grand Teton, wows visitors in its own way with its dramatically carved peaks and gorgeous alpine lakes and rivers.

WHAT IS THE BEST MONTH TO VISIT YELLOWSTONE AND GRAND TETON?

Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are open year-round, although access is limited during the winter months. July and August are by far the most popular times to visit. Fewer crowds make April through May and September and October some of the best times to visit.

HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU NEED IN YELLOWSTONE AND GRAND TETON?

The absolute minimum amount of time you should allow yourself to do sightseeing in both Yellowstone and Grand Teton is 3 days: 2 in Yellowstone, doing the Upper Loop one day, and the Lower Loop on the other day. Grand Teton can be seen in one day.

We share a couple of possible Yellowstone itineraries to help organize your time, but as the commentary plays based on your location, you have ultimate flexibility.

If you have more time, add an extra day in Yellowstone. It’s very worthwhile to allow yourself time in the geyser basin areas to wait for eruptions. Other than Old Faithful, the predicted geysers will often have a 1-2 hour window when the next eruption may occur, so it’s really helpful to have time to be patient and wait for things to happen. The different geysers gush in different ways, so each one has its own style!

With more time, you will also be able to enjoy several of the short hikes, and also relax and watch the wildlife that you spot along the way.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO DRIVE AROUND YELLOWSTONE?

If you only have one day you can still enjoy some of the Yellowstone’s main attractions, but try to stay at least one night inside the park so you can start your sightseeing first thing in the morning. You need a minimum of three full days to see all the main sights and four is ideal.

WHERE SHOULD I STAY WHEN VISITING YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK?

Hotel-style accommodations, rustic cabins, campgrounds, RV parks and luxury suites are all available inside Yellowstone National Park but it can sometimes be difficult to secure reservations, especially during the peak summer season. Luckily there are numerous options for all budgets and tastes right outside Yellowstone. 

Read our blog – Where should I stay in Yellowstone for more details.

HOW OFTEN DO GEYSERS ERUPT IN YELLOWSTONE?

Geysers in Yellowstone fall into two categories of predictable and unpredictable.  Some, like Old Faithful are regular, erupting every 90 minutes or so, others, like Steamboat are more erratic, laying dormant for years and suddenly active with a string of eruptions.

So with an erratic schedule how do you plan your geyser watching? The National Park Visitor Centers have latest predictable times listed on their website, in their app (must be on wifi) and in person.  And geysertimes.org is updated by dedicated “geyser gazers”. 

So it’s worthwhile to check in the night before if you want to spend some of your day geyser gazing.

WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO SEE BEARS AND OTHER WILDLIFE IN YELLOWSTONE?

It’s quite exciting to see the many animals in Yellowstone and Grand Teton – both big and small. They are wild, so you need to remember their movements are never guaranteed and you always need to respect the recommended safe distances, keep in your vehicle and never feed them. You can rent spotting scopes, camera lens and binoculars to safety see animals up close.

Suggested areas to spot some of the 67 species of mammals, 300 species of birds, fish and amphibians you’ll find in Yellowstone include;

  • Bison: Hayden and Lamar Valleys in Yellowstone. Around Snake river in Grand Teton.
  • Bears: Grizzles in the Hayden and Lamar Valleys and Black Bears around Tower and Mammoth Wolves: Lamar Valley
  • Pronghorn: Lamar Valley and Gardiner
  • Elk: Gardiner and Grand Teton
  • Moose: Grand Teton on Moose-Wilson Rd

IS MY ENTRY TICKET GOOD FOR BOTH YELLOWSTONE AND GRAND TETON?

Unfortunately each park now collects its own entrance fees so you will need to purchase a separate pass each for Grand Teton and Yellowstone.

Depending on the length of your stay it might be best value to purchase an America the Beautiful Annual Pass which gets you entry into any national park without any time restrictions.

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