29 days in Aspen, Yellowstone National Park & Grand Teton National Park Itinerary

29 days in Aspen, Yellowstone National Park & Grand Teton National Park Itinerary

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29 days in Aspen, Yellowstone National Park & Grand Teton National Park Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Aspen
— 9 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 11 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Moose
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Chicago

9
nights
Aspen

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Vail Pass Path (in Breckenridge), Buena Vista (Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook & River Rafting & Tubing) and Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas, Hanging Lake Trail, & more). On the 20th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Aspen Mountain / Ajax. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum, cruise along Independence Pass, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Aspen online trip maker .

Chicago to Aspen is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Chicago in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Aspen, with highs around 77°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Vail, Buena Vista, Rocky Mountains, Vail Pass Path
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

11
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 26th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mount Washburn. Spend the 29th (Thu) exploring nature at Old Faithful Visitor Education Center. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, explore the striking landscape of Yellowstone National Park, explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake, and take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park visit planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Aspen to Yellowstone National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Aspen in August: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 70°F and lows are around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Moose.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

7
nights
Moose

Moose ©
Moose is an unincorporated community in Teton County, Wyoming, United States, in the Jackson Hole valley. Spend the 2nd (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Grand Teton. And it doesn't end there: cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, admire all the interesting features of Teton Park Road, stroll through Cascade Canyon Trail, and hike along Taggart Lake.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Moose trip tool .

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Moose takes 2 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, you will find days in Moose are a bit warmer (68°F), and nights are about the same (38°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Moose

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Grand Teton National Park
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Cascade Canyon Trail ©
Cascade Canyon Trail
Taggart Lake ©
Taggart Lake

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