8 days in Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole & Colorado Springs Itinerary

8 days in Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole & Colorado Springs Itinerary

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8 days in Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole & Colorado Springs Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Jackson Hole
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Chicago

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Yellowstone National Park to West Yellowstone to see Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, look for all kinds of wild species at Hayden Valley, and admire all the interesting features of Lamar Valley.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park trip builder website .

Chicago to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Yellowstone National Park. When traveling from Chicago in May, plan for little chillier days in Yellowstone National Park, with highs around 53°F, while nights are colder with lows around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley

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.
On the 29th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Grand Teton. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Snake River Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Taggart Lake, make a trip to Town Square, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Wildlife Art, and finally shop like a local with Thal Glass Studio.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Jackson Hole trip builder .

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole in 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May; daily highs in Jackson Hole reach 60°F and lows reach 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Grand Teton National Park
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Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
National Museum of Wildlife Art ©
National Museum of Wildlife Art
Taggart Lake ©
Taggart Lake

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and then stroll around Garden of the Gods.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs day trip app .

Getting from Jackson Hole to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Jackson Hole in May, with highs in Colorado Springs at 68°F and lows at 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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