Yellowstone Park Wildlife Guide

Road Trip Ideas for Driving to Yellowstone

It is the quintessential American family vacation – pile the kids in the car and hit the open road for a week of nature walks, buffalo sightings, and oohing-and-ahhing over Old Faithful and its smaller geyser cousins in Yellowstone National Park.

But first you have to get there! Don’t worry, we have nine scenic, adventure-packed itineraries for the driving visitor complete with downloadable Yellowstone maps. These driving routes start from Colorado, South Dakota, Utah, and Montana and have plenty of pit stops along the way to keep the kids, grandparents, and even mom and dad happy as you travel towards the ultimate family vacation destination, Yellowstone National Park. Not finding a route that suits your family?

Check out our Map Your Own Route tool; you plug in your starting address and we’ll give you turn-by-turn directions all the way to the park.

Badlands, SD to Yellowstone

This multi-day driving trip starts in Badlands National Park in South Dakota and then travels to Mt. Rushmore National Monument. You'll travel through Deadwood, South Dakota and then head to Devils Tower in Wyoming. You can enter Yellowstone through either the north entrance or the northeast entrance. Read More...

Black Hills, SD to Yellowstone

This great itinerary takes you through incredibly scenic and historic parts of Yellowstone Country. Carved mountains, incredible rock formations, mountain vistas and beautiful rivers and streams are all included on this Black Hills to Yellowstone map. Read More...

Denver, CO to Yellowstone via Cody

This route is great for history buffs and scenery buffs as well. From one end of the state of Wyoming to the other, this Denver to Yellowstone map covers a lot of ground with tons to see and do along the way. Read More...

Denver, CO to Yellowstone via Laramie

This 570-plus-mile trip will take you from Denver, Colorado through Rocky Mountain National Park, and Cheyenne, Wyoming, then into Yellowstone National Park. Read More...

Glacier Park to Yellowstone

In between Glacier and Yellowstone, visitors will travel by Flathead Lake, into Missoula, a wonderful outdoor town that’s home to the University of Montana on this 540-mile trip. Read More...

Old Yellowstone Highway

Download our map of the Old Yellowstone Highway! This 500-plus-mile route starts in Sidney, Nebraska and follows the "Old Yellowstone Highway" through Casper, Riverton, and Dubois, Wyoming and then over Togwotee Pass and into Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Read More...

Salt Lake City, UT to Yellowstone via Idaho

This 358-mile trip travels through all of eastern Idaho-filled with scenic byways, beautiful rivers and lakes, and mountains and agricultural plains. Download our Yellowstone map for this great itinerary from Salt Lake City to Yellowstone National Park. Read More...

Salt Lake City, UT to Yellowstone via Jackson

This 441-mile trip passes beautiful mountain vistas and rolling sand dunes as you travel from Salt Lake City to Yellowstone National Park. Download our Yellowstone map for the full trip. Read More...

Salt Lake City, UT to Yellowstone via Lander

Head into Wyoming and through the Wind River Indian Reservation on this wild west tour towards Yellowstone National Park. Our comprehensive map will take you from Salt Lake City to Yellowstone National Park. Read More...

Top Ten Things to do in Yellowstone

1. Take a Hike

To explore Yellowstone’s wild side, get off the beaten path and onto the park’s 1,300-mile trail system. Read More...

2. Watch Geysers Erupt

Yellowstone is the largest active geyser field in the world. Read More...

3. Go Rafting

Looking for an escape from the summer heat? Can’t beat a whitewater rafting adventure! Read More...

4. Experience the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is breathtaking! Read More...

5. Attend a Powwow

Powwows serve to preserve the rich heritage of Native American culture and allow tribal members to participate in traditional rituals. Read More...

6. Ride a Horse

No other activity fulfills the Western dream for families visiting this region like a horseback ride. Read More...

7. Go Camping

One of the best ways to experience the Yellowstone region is by spending a night or more under the stars. Read More...

8. Catch a Fish

Fishing in Yellowstone is an experience that compares with few other places on earth. Read More...

9. Watch a Rodeo

Every town in Yellowstone country has a rodeo. Try Cheyenne Frontier Days, Cody Nite Rodeo, Rock Springs’ Red Desert Rodeo or Lander’s Pioneer Days Rodeo. Read More...

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