6 Best Road Trips

Yosemite to Yellowstone Road Trip

On the way stop at two museums, a really clean one and an artsy one.

See granite domes, desert landscapes and rare wildlife on this 1,564-mile Yosemite to Yellowstone road trip adventure. From your starting point in California, head to Yosemite National Park where you’ll find awe-inspiring granite domes and waterfalls, historic hotels, interactive visitor centers and amazing trails.

Beyond is Lake Tahoe, the open desert landscape of Nevada, a slice of Idaho and Wyoming. In Pocatello, Idaho, stop by a museum dedicated to all things “clean” and press on to Jackson, Wyo., a mix of cowboy culture, glamour and breathtaking scenery. From there, explore by foot or boat the stunning Grand Teton National Park, which sits at the doorstep of Jackson, and then drive north to Yellowstone National Park where geysers and the best wildlife show in the Lower 48 await.

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Start: Yosemite National Park

Half Dome from Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. Photo by Grant Ordelheide
Half Dome from Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Hit Yosemite’s legendary trails and scenic overlooks to see waterfalls, granite domes, and mountain lakes. Read more on our sister website at www.myyosemitepark.com/things-to-do/which-yosemite-hiking-trail

Southeast Idaho

Zoo Idaho in Pocatello
Zoo IdahoCourtesy Zoo Idaho

Clean and Green in Pocatello
Explore these four stops where you’ll see Stripes and Shoni, a place devoted to cleaning up, ancient curious creatures and a hub of ethnic flavors.

Have a Shoshone-Bannock Native Experience
The Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel offers a spa, a gift shop selling Shoshone-Bannock crafts and a place to watch your favorite sports team. Here are seven reasons to visit.

Waterfalls along the Greenbelt in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Waterfalls along the Greenbelt in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Parks Galore in Idaho Falls
Stroll or jog along the Snake River on the Greenbelt. Along the way, you’ll pass fishing ponds, waterfalls, overlooks and the Friendship Garden. Then visit a drive-in movie theater, catch a world-class theater performance, see a pair of lions and find out where all those potatoes you eat come from.

The West Side of the Tetons

Drive through Yellowstone Bear World in Rexburg. Courtesy photo
Drive through Yellowstone Bear World in Rexburg. Courtesy photo

Drive Through Yellowstone Bear World
All kinds of animals—including wolves, elk, deer, mountain goats, bears and bison—roam throughout this outdoor playground, which you can see from the comfort of your own car.

Curbside Attractions in Idaho’s Yellowstone-Teton Territory
From TV inventors to root beer floats, you’ll find great Americana in eastern Idaho. Visit the Spud Drive-Inn, Yellowstone Bear World, and a summer music scene.

Local Color of the Yellowstone-Teton Territory
Three locals from the west side of the Tetons share their favorite trails, sights and why they love where they live.

Scenic chairlift at Grand Targhee Resort
Scenic chairlift at Grand Targhee Resort. Courtesy photoCourtesy Grand Targhee Resort

The West Side Story of Teton Valley and Grand Targhee Resort
With so much attention on the east side of the Tetons, leave the crowds behind and experience the top nine things to do on the Teton’s west side.

Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park

Kayaking on Jackson Lake in Grant Teton National Park. Photo by James Kaiser courtesy of O.A.R.S.
Kayaking on Jackson Lake in Grant Teton National Park. Photo by James Kaiser courtesy of O.A.R.S.Photo by James Kaiser courtesy of O.A.R.S.

Row your Boat with , Barker-Ewing or Grand Teton Lodge Co.
Escape the heat with these kayaking, rafting and boating options in and around Grand Teton National Park.

Yellowstone’s Sister Park, Grand Teton
Located at the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the Rockefeller Parkway connects Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone.

Three Park Entrances and a Surprise
Grand Teton National Park is shaped a bit like your left-hand thumb and is dotted with three main entrances. A surprise for many visitors is there is no Grand Teton entrance station when you head south from Yellowstone into Grand Teton.

GyPSy Guide Yellowstone and Grand Teton Tour App
Download the Yellowstone tour app that’s like having a tour guide in your car. GyPSy Guide automatically plays interesting and entertaining commentary as you go.

Jackson Hole Aerial Tram
Jackson Hole Aerial TramCourtesy Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

6 Big Adventures at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Right next to Grand Teton National Park, spend a day on the new Via Ferrata assisted climbing course, riding the tram, tackling the ropes course or biking and hiking downhill.

Town Square Inns of Jackson Hole
With four Jackson locations and over 400 rooms and cabins, the Town Square Inns have more options to meet your style and budget than any other area hotelier.
Elk Country Inn
Antler Inn
Cowboy Village Cabins and Lodge
49er Inn and Suites

The Mural Dining Room at Jackson Lake Lodge
The Mural Dining Room at Jackson Lake LodgePhoto courtesy of Grand Teton Lodge Co.

7 Best Places to Eat and Sleep in Grand Teton National Park
It’s easy to get distracted by the park’s world-class views, but don’t miss these places at Grand Teton Lodge and Jackson Lake to eat and sleep.

Headwaters Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch
Just minutes from the South Entrance to Yellowstone National Park and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park, stay at the Headwaters Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch.

3-Day Eco-Friendly Vacation Itinerary for Yellowstone and Grand Teton
Want tips on how to be a sustainable traveler? We’ve put together ideas for a three-day vacation.

End: Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone's most famous geyser, Old Faithful at Twilight
Yellowstone’s most famous geyser, Old Faithful at TwilightiStock

Enter the South Entrance to Yellowstone

48 Hours in Yellowstone
Make the most of your time by visiting some of our favorite spots in the park including wildlife watching, dining at historic lodges and seeing geysers erupt.

Top 5 Vistas in Yellowstone National Park
If you want to feel on top of the world, there are five views you must see including Artist Point, Lamar Valley, and the Yellowstone River cutting thru lava spires.