12 days in Idaho & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

12 days in Idaho & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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12 days in Idaho & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Boise
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Twin Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Ketchum
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Driggs
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
6
Coeur d'Alene
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Portland

1
night
Boise

Boise ©
From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Boise Art Glass and then take a stroll through Hyde Park.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Boise vacation trip planner.

Portland to Boise is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Portland to Boise, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Boise are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Twin Falls.

Things to do in Boise

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping
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Boise Art Glass ©
Boise Art Glass
St. John's Cathedral ©
St. John's Cathedral

2
nights
Twin Falls

Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls is the county seat and largest city of Twin Falls County, Idaho, United States. On the 22nd (Fri), examine the collection at Herrett Center. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Sawtooth National Forest, then pause for some photo ops at Minidoka Internment, and then take in the views from Perrine Bridge.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Twin Falls travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Boise to Twin Falls by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Twin Falls can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ketchum.

Things to do in Twin Falls

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Minidoka Internment
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Herrett Center for Arts and Science ©
Perrine Bridge ©
Perrine Bridge

2
nights
Ketchum

Ketchum ©
Ketchum is a city in Blaine County, Idaho, United States, in the central part of the state. On the 24th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Fisher Creek Trail. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then hit the slopes at Sun Valley Resort.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ketchum sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Twin Falls to Ketchum in 2 hours. Traveling from Twin Falls in September, expect nights in Ketchum to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Ketchum

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Sun Valley
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Bald Mountain Trail ©
Bald Mountain Trail
Sun Valley Resort ©
Sun Valley Resort

3
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
On the 27th (Wed), take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, then trek along Artist Point, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Biscuit Basin, witness a stunning natural landmark at Midway Geyser Basin, and then take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Ketchum to Yellowstone National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Ketchum in September, things will get a bit cooler in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 62°F and lows about 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Driggs.

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
Midway Geyser Basin ©
Midway Geyser Basin

1
day
Driggs

Driggs ©
Driggs is a city in Teton County, Idaho, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Grand Teton Brewing Company and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Driggs tour planner.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Driggs takes 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, with highs in Driggs at 70°F and lows at 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Coeur d'Alene.

Things to do in Driggs

Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Grand Teton Brewing Company
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Grand Teton Brewing Company ©
Grand Teton Brewing Company

2
nights
Coeur d'Alene

Coeur d'Alene ©
Coeur d'Alene is the largest city and county seat of Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take in the history at Old Mission State Park and then fly down the slopes at Lookout Pass. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Emerald Creek Garnet Area and then immerse yourself in nature at Heyburn State Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Coeur d'Alene online itinerary creator.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Driggs to Coeur d'Alene. Traveling from Driggs to Coeur d'Alene, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Driggs in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Coeur d'Alene, with lows around 46°F. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Coeur d'Alene

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Emerald Creek Garnet Area, Heyburn State Park, Old Mission State Park, Lookout Pass
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Old Mission State Park ©
Old Mission State Park
Heyburn State Park ©
Heyburn State Park
Coeur d'Alene Lake ©
Coeur d'Alene Lake

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