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Three day Itinerary for Yellowstone?

Medford...
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Three day Itinerary for Yellowstone?

Right now we have a 3 day reservation in West Yellowstone. I am looking to tour the park and on day 4 head to Jackson. We also could potentially switch the last night to Canyon Village or Lake Yellowstone if it make sense.

What do you think of this?

- Day 1 - Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower-Roosevelt, Lamar Valley, drive back to West Yellowstone

- Day 2 - Old Faithful, West Thumb, Grant Village, drive back to West Yellowstone

- Day 3 - Canyon Village, Lake Village. Sleep at West Yellowstone OR Canyon Village/Lake Yellowstone if we change our reservation

- Day 4 - Work our way to Jackson

Would appreciate feedback, thanks!

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Spery, Iowa
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1. Re: Three day Itinerary for Yellowstone?

Where are you coming from? Day 1 work. Even better if you are in Gardiner or Bozeman on the night before- or do you have 4 nights for 3 days in YNP?

Day 2, just the OF/Upper Geyser Basin and other thermal areas. Do West Thumb (not much at Grant) on your way out to GTNP on day 4.

Day 3 Works, and even better if you stay in the park, then you can do Hayden Valley evening and morning.

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2. Re: Three day Itinerary for Yellowstone?

is helpful to know where you come in from.

day 1 north loop, Lamar Valley

day 2old faithful/gyser basin

day 3 Canyon/Lake

day 3 south entrance then to tetons.

Medford...
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3. Re: Three day Itinerary for Yellowstone?

Sorry, I realized I didn't include that, AND that I also made a mistake. Here's exactly our travel situation

Day 1 - Land @ Salt Lake City, drive to West Yellowstone, sleep there (We will arrive too late to see anything unless we decide to go for a wildlife excursion nearby)

- Day 2 - Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower-Roosevelt, Lamar Valley, drive back to West Yellowstone

- Day 3 - Canyon Village, Lake Village. Sleep at West Yellowstone OR Canyon Village/Lake Yellowstone if we change our reservation

- Day 4 - Old Faithful, work out way to Jackson

Spery, Iowa
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4. Re: Three day Itinerary for Yellowstone?

Day 1 - Land @ Salt Lake City, drive to West Yellowstone, sleep there (We will arrive too late to see anything unless we decide to go for a wildlife excursion nearby)> What time is your flight and day of the week? Rush hour can make a difference.

- Day 2 - Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower-Roosevelt, Lamar Valley, drive back to West Yellowstone>I would do OF area today. To me, it takes longer than the Canyon/Lake area so I would move that area to the last day.

- Day 3 - Canyon Village, Lake Village. Sleep at West Yellowstone OR Canyon Village/Lake Yellowstone if we change our reservation> I would do the north loop- Mammoth, Lamar-Tower-Canyon. Staying at Canyon would work very well.

- Day 4 - Old Faithful, work out way to Jackson> I would do the Canyon/Lake area to Jackson.

Medford...
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5. Re: Three day Itinerary for Yellowstone?

We should be on the road by 11AM the day arrive, we land about 10.

It sounds like we should move our hotel room to either the Canyon/Lake area.

Revised itineary:

Day 1 - Arrive West Yellowstone, sleep there

Day 2 - Old Faithful area, sleep in West Yellowstone.

Day 3 - North Loop - Mammoth, Lamar-Tower, Sleep at the Canyon

Day 4 - Canyon, Lake, work to Jackson.

Better and doable?

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6. Re: Three day Itinerary for Yellowstone?

@grogers11 - We're also planning a trip to YNP this summer. Did you book your hotels already? If yes, can you please share the names as I'm looking for some recommendations?

Medford...
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7. Re: Three day Itinerary for Yellowstone?

Yes, we are booked in early Sept (I'm sure summer is worse in terms of hotel availability). Essentially I booked our hotels (3 nights in West Yellowstone, 4 in Jackson) to hold rooms (was afraid there wouldn't be rooms), then booked our flights.

Next planned out each day in terms of where we will go each day. I literally just changed our reservation from 3 nights in W Yellowstone to 2 and booked the third night @ Canyon Lodge in the park.

Lodging will be your most challenging part...use tripadvisor to try to find rooms outside of the park.

Medford...
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8. Re: Three day Itinerary for Yellowstone?

We are staying @ the Clubhouse Inn in West Yellowstone and the Ranch Inn in Jackson. These places are average but have good reviews on Tripadvisor. Both of them are in walking distance to downtown/restaurants/bars. We are paying $275-$325 per night (not cheap, but even low end hotels are much more expensive than you would think due to their location).

Spery, Iowa
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9. Re: Three day Itinerary for Yellowstone?

Looks good to me. As for using TA for lodging, that works for the reviews, but book direct with the hotel. If you have questions about a location, you can ask on the forum.

And we LOVE trip reports!

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10. Re: Three day Itinerary for Yellowstone?

Thanks.

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