6 days in West Yellowstone & Colorado Itinerary

6 days in West Yellowstone & Colorado Itinerary

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6 days in West Yellowstone & Colorado Itinerary

Start: Knoxville
Fly + shuttle:  9​h 15​min
1
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h
2
Aspen
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
3
Vail
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Knoxville

2
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Yellowstone Historic Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone River and then take in the natural beauty of West Thumb Geyser Basin.

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Knoxville to West Yellowstone is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Knoxville to West Yellowstone is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Knoxville in July, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in West Yellowstone: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
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Yellowstone River ©
Yellowstone River
West Thumb Geyser Basin ©
West Thumb Geyser Basin
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then hike along Rio Grande Trail.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Aspen holiday website .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from West Yellowstone to Aspen in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from West Yellowstone in July since evenings lows in Aspen dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Vail

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
On the 10th (Wed), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Vail tour itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Vail takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Aspen, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Vail, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 49°F. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Horseback Riding Tours

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