The drive from Las Vegas to Yellowstone is straight forward. Get on I 15 north thru Utah and to Idaho Falls. In Idaho Falls, take highway 20 to Yellowstone. It’s an 11 hour drive, wheels turning, no stops at all. You should probably stay overnight near Salt Lake City which is about half way.
Some questions for you.
Are you interested in visiting any of the national parks in Utah that lei between Vegas and Yellowstone?
When are you traveling?
Do you have hotel reservations for Yellowstone?
Planning 2 weeks between july3-15
Want to see Vegas 2-3 nights
Want to see Grand Canyon on route to Yellowstone
Back to Vegas to fly back
We are a group of 5
What is the best way to see Grand Canyon in this trip
Highly appreciate your prompt reply and suggestions
Not booked flight or hotels yet as am waiting for 2 overseas guest to get US visa first
Trip is to show them some of the wonders of this great nation
I have also not been to Yellowstone myself
Plan is2-3 nights Vegas
6-7 nights Yellowstone
3-4 nights on route to and back from Yellowstone
If you wait until your guests have their Visas, you may not be able to get hotel accommodations in Yellowstone or in the nearby gateway towns of West Yellowstone or Gardiner Montana, or at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. In fact, if you were to start looking today, you'll find it a challenge at both destinations. Most people who will be traveling to these destinations planned their trips months ago. Most hotels and motels, including the ones inside Yellowstone have a liberal cancellation policy. You'd be wise to book hotel rooms now that can be cancelled without a penalty should the trip not come together.
Now to address a travel plan. Two weeks is going to be rushed. Since the Grand Canyon really isn't on the direct route from Las Vegas to Yellowstone, you will use up to three days making that diversion. For the best experience at the Grand Canyon, you should have at least one overnight there. It's a 5 hour drive from Vegas to the South Rim. It's a 13 hour drive, wheels turning, from the South Rim to the nearest entrance of Yellowstone. It's unlikely you'll be doing that in one long haul. Then you have an 11 hour drive back to Las Vegas. That's 29 hours of driving or about 4 days of averaging 7 hours a day driving. Now you are down to 10 effective days to work with.
Spend some time with a good printed map and find these destinations. The route should become apparent. Then use GoogleMaps to plot the route and get drive times and distances. Be advised that GoogleMap times are wheels turning with no allowances for food/fuel/rest breaks, sight seeing or traffic delays.
I think I am going to do the hotel booking
I think I will stick to driving for now as fight costs from Vegas is coming out costly
Maybe I will add 2 more days
But thx a lot for the tips
Adding two more days will help your plan.
And do use the website that thbergs provided for booking rooms inside Yellowstone. That site will not require full payment in advance. Unless you are working with a 3rd party booking site, which we don't recommend, hotels in West Yellowstone and Gardiner won't require full payment either, but just a credit card number to hold the rooms. Always book directly with the hotels.
For lodging inside the Grand Canyon, use only these websities:
If there are no vacancies at the lodges inside the Grand Canyon, then look in the town of Tusayan Arizona which is close to the south entrance. Do not stay in Williams or Flagstaff Arizona. They are too far away for the Grand Canyon.
Good luck on getting hotel rooms lined up.
Thx all for the great suggestions
I am getting super excited now
With 7 nights do at least 4-5 in Yellowstone. For in park lodging look at splitting between Old Faithful and Canyon/Lake area. Staying in park cuts down on drive times as there are over 300 miles of roads in the park.
Spend 2-3 nights in the Tetons or in town of Jackson, WY. In the Tetons look at Colter Bay or Signal Mt. Lodge. There are many hotels in Jackson so just check TA reviews.