7 days in Big Sky, Yellowstone National Park & Jackson Hole Itinerary

7 days in Big Sky, Yellowstone National Park & Jackson Hole Itinerary

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7 days in Big Sky, Yellowstone National Park & Jackson Hole Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
Big Sky
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Jackson Hole
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Big Sky

Big Sky ©
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Big Sky trip planner .

Washington DC to Big Sky is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Big Sky. Traveling from Washington DC in August, expect nights in Big Sky to be colder, around 37°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 75°F. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Big Sky

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
The Soldiers Chapel ©
The Soldiers Chapel

1
night
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.
You've added West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center, Old Faithful, Colter Bay Visitor Center, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): get all the information you need at West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center, take in the natural beauty of Mammoth Hot Springs, then admire the sheer force of Tower Fall, and finally identify plant and animal life at Lamar Valley. On the next day, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, then take in the dramatic natural features at Biscuit Basin, and finally get all the information you need at Colter Bay Visitor Center.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park journey planner .

Traveling by car from Big Sky to Yellowstone National Park takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Big Sky in August, expect nights in Yellowstone National Park to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are slightly colder, around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Colter Bay Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Hot Springs
Biscuit Basin ©
Biscuit Basin
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley

3
nights
Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole ©
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
You've now added Schwabacher Landing to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Schwabacher Landing, then explore and take pictures at Oxbow Bend, and then make a trip to Antler Arches of Jackson.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Jackson Hole vacation builder tool .

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, you will find days in Jackson Hole are a bit warmer (78°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton National Park
Highlights from your plan
Chapel of the Transfiguration ©
Chapel of the Transfiguration
Oxbow Bend ©
Oxbow Bend
Snake River Bridge ©
Snake River Bridge

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