8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Lakeside
Drive:  6​h 30​min
1
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Idaho Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Jackson Hole
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Thermopolis
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Cody
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Gardiner
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
End: Lakeside

1
night
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone trip builder .

Lakeside to West Yellowstone is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Lakeside in September, with highs in West Yellowstone at 64°F and lows at 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Idaho Falls.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife Parks
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

1
night
Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls ©
Idaho Falls is a city in and the county seat of Bonneville County, Idaho, United States, and is the largest city in Eastern Idaho. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get impressive views of Hell's Half Acre Lava Field, stroll around Tautphaus Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Pavilion, then sample the tasty concoctions at Idaho Brewing Company, and finally make a trip to Snake River Greenbelt.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Idaho Falls route site .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Idaho Falls in 2 hours. Traveling from West Yellowstone in September, expect Idaho Falls to be a bit warmer, temps between 75°F and 44°F. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Tue) before leaving for Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Idaho Falls

Parks Breweries & Distilleries Wildlife

Side Trip

Oxbow Bend
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Oxbow Bend ©
Oxbow Bend
Hell's Half Acre Lava Field ©
Hell's Half Acre Lava Field
Idaho Brewing Company ©
Idaho Brewing Company

2
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.
Bridger Gondola has been added to your itinerary. On the 1st (Tue), get outside with Bridger Gondola, then look for all kinds of wild species at Teton Raptor Center, then trek along Cascade Canyon Trail, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Hidden Falls. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Four Seasons Resort, sample the tasty concoctions at Grand Teton Brewing Company, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Teton Pass.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Jackson Hole vacation maker site .

Traveling by car from Idaho Falls to Jackson Hole takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Idaho Falls in October, expect Jackson Hole to be slightly colder, temps between 55°F and 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Thermopolis.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Grand Teton National Park, Grand Teton Brewing Company
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Teton Raptor Center ©
Teton Raptor Center
Cascade Canyon Trail ©
Cascade Canyon Trail
Teton Pass ©
Teton Pass

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night
Thermopolis

Thermopolis ©
Thermopolis is the largest town in, and the county seat of Hot Springs County, Wyoming, United States. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Hot Springs County Museum, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs State Park, then witness a stunning natural landmark at TePee Pools and Spa, and finally make a splash at The Star Plunge.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Thermopolis day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Jackson Hole to Thermopolis takes 5.5 hours. When traveling from Jackson Hole in October, plan for little chillier days in Thermopolis, with highs around 48°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cody.

Things to do in Thermopolis

Nature Parks Theme Parks
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Hot Springs State Park ©
Hot Springs State Park
Hot Springs County Museum ©
Hot Springs County Museum

1
night
Cody

Cody ©
A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
On the 4th (Fri), admire all the interesting features of Dead Indian Summit Overlook, explore and take pictures at Chief Joseph Hwy, then immerse yourself in nature at Buffalo Bill State Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at The Buffalo Bill Reservoir. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cody trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Thermopolis to Cody in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Thermopolis in October, you will find days in Cody are somewhat warmer (57°F), and nights are about the same (37°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Gardiner.

Things to do in Cody

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Chief Joseph Hwy
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The Buffalo Bill Reservoir ©
The Buffalo Bill Reservoir
Buffalo Bill State Park ©
Buffalo Bill State Park

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night
Gardiner

Gardiner ©
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 6th (Sun), cruise along Firehole Lake Drive, then admire the sheer force of Undine Falls, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Beaver Ponds Loop Trail, and finally don't miss a visit to Roosevelt Arch.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Gardiner online tour planner .

You can drive from Cody to Gardiner in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Cody in October, things will get slightly colder in Gardiner: highs are around 50°F and lows about 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gardiner

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
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Roosevelt Arch ©
Roosevelt Arch
Undine Falls ©
Undine Falls
Beaver Ponds Loop Trail ©
Beaver Ponds Loop Trail

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