California's Yosemite to Wyoming's Yellowstone Road Trip

See granite domes, desert landscapes and rare wildlife on this 1,564-mile adventure. On the way stop at two museums, a really clean one and an artsy one.
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Grizzly bears at Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park.

Grizzly bears at Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park

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From your starting point in California, head to Yosemite National Park where you'll find awe-inspiring granite domes and waterfalls, historic hotels, interactive visitor centers and amazing trails. Go online for details on where to stay and what to do at www.myyosemitepark.com.

Beyond is Lake Tahoe, the open desert landscape of Nevada, a slice of Idaho and Wyoming. In Pocatello, Idaho, stop by a museum dedicated to all things “clean” and press on to Jackson, Wyo., a mix of cowboy culture, glamour and breathtaking scenery. From there explore by foot or boat the stunning Grand Teton National Park, which sits at the doorstep of Jackson, and then drive north to Yellowstone National Park where geysers and the best wildlife show in the Lower 48 await.

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Start: California

Start from your hometown on the West Coast or fly into a California airport such as Fresno, San Francisco, or Los Angeles.

Yosemite National Park

Half Dome from Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Half Dome from Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Hit Yosemite's legendary trails and scenic overlooks to see waterfalls, granite domes, and mountain lakes. Read more on our sister website at www.myyosemitepark.com/things-to-do/which-yosemite-hiking-trail

Hiking down from Glacier Point on the Panorama Trail in Yosemite. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Hiking down from Glacier Point on the Panorama Trail in Yosemite. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Lowa Demo Center in Norden, California
For any national park traveler, good footwear is essential. In your travels to or from Yosemite, stop by Lowa Boot’s demo center in the Clair Tappaan Lodge, in Norden, Calif., in the Lake Tahoe area. At the demo center, anyone can try Lowa boots for a day for free plus people learn how wearing the proper hiking boot can really improve their time on the trail. Read more on our sister website at www.myyosemitepark.com/things-to-do/lowa-demo-center

Southeast Idaho

Zoo Idaho in Pocatello

Zoo Idaho

Clean and Green in Pocatello
Explore these four stops where you'll see Stripes and Shoni, a place devoted to cleaning up, ancient curious creatures and a hub of ethnic flavors.

Set Up Your RV Camp in Idaho
Idaho is Yellowstone’s less crowded next-door neighbor. At Idaho RV Parks and Campgrounds, enjoy breathtaking scenery and legendary outdoor recreation. Pocatello alone has eight RV campgrounds. Search for more sites on the website.

Dancers at the Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival

Dancers at the Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival

Have a Shoshone-Bannock Native Experience
The Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel offers a spa, a gift shop selling Shoshone-Bannock crafts and a place to watch your favorite sports team. Here are seven reasons to visit.

Waterfalls along the Greenbelt in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Waterfalls along the Greenbelt in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Parks Galore in Idaho Falls
Stroll or jog along the Snake River on the Greenbelt. Along the way, you’ll pass fishing ponds, waterfalls, overlooks and the Friendship Garden. Then visit a drive-in movie theater, catch a world-class theater performance, see a pair of lions and find out where all those potatoes you eat come from.

A young visitor experiments with one of Archimedes's creations at the Museum of Idaho

A young visitor experiments with one of Archimedes's creations

A Dose of Culture at the Museum of Idaho
Celebrate the work and legacy of Archimedes, a Greek mathematician whose inventions revolutionized the ancient world and have contemporary applications.

The West Side of the Tetons

Drive through Yellowstone Bear World in Rexburg. Courtesy photo

Drive through Yellowstone Bear World in Rexburg. Courtesy photo

Drive Through Yellowstone Bear World
All kinds of animals—including wolves, elk, deer, mountain goats, bears and bison—roam throughout this outdoor playground, which you can see from the comfort of your own car.

Spud Drive-In Theatre in Driggs Idaho.

Spud Drive-In Theatre in Driggs Idaho. 

Curbside Attractions in Idaho’s Yellowstone-Teton Territory
From TV inventors to root beer floats, you’ll find great Americana in eastern Idaho. Visit the Spud Drive-Inn, Yellowstone Bear World, and a summer music scene.

Local Color of the Yellowstone-Teton Territory
Three locals from the west side of the Tetons share their favorite trails, sights and why they love where they live.

Scenic chairlift at Grand Targhee Resort. Courtesy photo

Scenic chairlift at Grand Targhee Resort. Courtesy photo

The West Side Story of Teton Valley and Grand Targhee Resort
With so much attention on the east side of the Tetons, leave the crowds behind and experience the top nine things to do on the Teton’s west side.

Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park

Kayaking on Jackson Lake in Grant Teton National Park. Photo by James Kaiser courtesy of O.A.R.S.

Kayaking on Jackson Lake in Grant Teton National Park. Photo by James Kaiser courtesy of O.A.R.S.

Row your Boat with OARS, Barker-Ewing or Grand Teton Lodge Co.
Escape the heat with these kayaking, rafting and boating options in and around Grand Teton National Park. 

Yellowstone's Sister Park, Grand Teton
Located at the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the Rockefeller Parkway connects Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone.

Three Park Entrances and a Surprise
Grand Teton National Park is shaped a bit like your left-hand thumb and is dotted with three main entrances. A surprise for many visitors is there is no Grand Teton entrance station when you head south from Yellowstone into Grand Teton.

GyPSy Guide Yellowstone and Grand Teton Tour App
Download the Yellowstone tour app that’s like having a tour guide in your car. GyPSy Guide automatically plays interesting and entertaining commentary as you go. 

Jackson Hole Aerial Tram

Jackson Hole Aerial Tram

6 Big Adventures at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Right next to Grand Teton National Park, spend a day on the new Via Ferrata assisted climbing course, riding the tram, tackling the ropes course or biking and hiking downhill.

Town Square Inns of Jackson Hole
With four Jackson locations and over 400 rooms and cabins, the Town Square Inns have more options to meet your style and budget than any other area hotelier.
Elk Country Inn
Antler Inn
Cowboy Village Cabins and Lodge
49er Inn and Suites

The Mural Dining Room at Jackson Lake Lodge

The Mural Dining Room at Jackson Lake Lodge

7 Best Places to Eat and Sleep in Grand Teton National Park
It’s easy to get distracted by the park’s world-class views, but don’t miss these places at Grand Teton Lodge and Jackson Lake to eat and sleep.

Horseback riding at Headwaters Flagg Ranch

Horseback riding at Headwaters Flagg Ranch

Headwaters Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch
Just minutes from the South Entrance to Yellowstone National Park and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park, stay at the Headwaters Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch.

End: Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone's most famous geyser, Old Faithful at Twilight

Yellowstone's most famous geyser, Old Faithful at Twilight

Enter the South Entrance to Yellowstone

48 Hours in Yellowstone
Make the most of your time by visiting some of our favorite spots in the park including wildlife watching, dining at historic lodges and seeing geysers erupt.

Top 5 Vistas in Yellowstone National Park
If you want to feel on top of the world, there are five views you must see including Artist Point, Lamar Valley, and the Yellowstone River cutting thru lava spires. 

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