Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks are among the most beautiful and popular in the country, and they are located very close to each other. In fact, they are connected by a scenic road called the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway.
How Far Is It from Grand Teton to Yellowstone?
The distance from Grand Teton to Yellowstone depends on where you start and where you end your drive. The southern boundary of Grand Teton National Park is about 31 miles from the West Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. However, if you want to explore more of both parks, you might want to take a self-guided driving tour of Yellowstone and Grand Teton. This allows you to explore the park the way you want, enter either park from any of the entrances, and keep your itinerary flexible.
How Long Does It Take to Drive from Grand Teton to Yellowstone?
The National Park Service estimates that driving by car from the southern boundary of Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park on outer Highway 26/89/191 takes a little more than one hour without stopping.
Here are some tips and recommendations for making your drive from Grand Teton to Yellowstone more enjoyable and memorable:
- Plan ahead: Make sure you book your accommodation, car rental, park entrance tickets, tours, and activities in advance, especially during peak season (June to August). I recommend downloading the self-guided tours as well before you head to the parks and enjoying the tour without the need for a cell network.
- Pack smart: Bring layers of clothing, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, rain gear, insect repellent, a water bottle, snacks, a camera, binoculars, a first aid kit, a flashlight, and a bear spray for your drives and hikes. You can also bring a cooler, a picnic basket, and a camping stove if you want to prepare your own meals.
- Be flexible: Be prepared for changing weather conditions, road closures, traffic jams, wildlife crossings, construction works, and other delays or detours that might affect your drive. You might also want to adjust your itinerary based on your interests, energy, and mood.