The Wise Guides Ideal 5 Day Trip To Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks: Part 1

Our Wise Guides love helping guests create the perfect itinerary for their time here in Jackson. Yellowstone is usually always on this list, provided you have some time to explore this bucket-list destination.

We asked our Wise Guides for their recommendations on the ideal 5 day trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. They came up with two itineraries, so here’s the first in our two-part series. Enjoy!

Day 1: Arrive in the town of Jackson, WY

  • Arrive at the Jackson Hole Airport
  • Eat at Jedediah’s at the Airport
  • Depart Jackson Hole Airport and head into the town of Jackson – Flying T Taxi $40.00+ (307-690-4141)
  • Check in to the Mountain Modern Motel
  • Stroll through the Town Square & browse local shopping, watch “Old West Shootout” at 6pm
  • Dinner reservations at The Local Restaurant and Bar

Jackson Hole Tram

Day 2: Jackson Hole Area/Grand Teton National Park

Tetons Sunrise in Jackson Hole

Day 3: Grand Teton National Park

  • Check out of Mountain Modern Motel
  • Depart Jackson for Grand Teton National Park
  • Stop at Snake River Overlook for 6:09am sunrise; Photo Op!
  • Breakfast at the Trapper Grill at Signal Mountain Lodge
  • Visit Jenny Lake Visitor’s Center
  • Take the Jenny lake ‘shuttle’ across
  • Hike Cascade Canyon trail
  • Stop for picnic lunch @ Hidden Falls
  • Take return Shuttle across the lake
  • Visit Jackson Lake & dam – small hike with potential for wildlife activity
  • Check in to the Jackson Lake Lodge
  • Have dinner at the historic Jackson Lake Lodge Mural Room

Old Faithful Geyser

Day 4: Yellowstone National Park (South/West Sections)

  • Check out of Jackson Lake Lodge (early morning)
  • Depart for Yellowstone National Park
  • Visit Duck Lake Trail at the West Thumb Geyser Basin – easy, 1mi hike
  • Visit Old Faithful Geyser – photo ops
  • Have breakfast at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge Geyser Grill
  • Purchase picnic lunch items from Old faithful Inn Bear Paw Deli
  • Visit the Geyser Basin area; including Grand Prismatic Spring, Great Fountain Geyser and Fountain Paint Pot – easy walks w. photo ops
  • Visit Harlequin Lake Trail & have picnic lunch – easy, 1mi hike
  • Check in to the Alpine Motel in West Yellowstone
  • Have dinner at Madison Crossing Lounge

Grand Prismatic Spring Yellowstone

Day 5: Yellowstone National Park (North/East Sections)

  • Check out of the Alpine Motel
  • Scenic drive to Mammoth Hot Springs Terrace
  • Check in to the Mammoth Campground (1st come, 1st serve, $20/nt)
  • Visit Wraith Falls – easy, family friendly hike
  • Visit the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone National Park – photo ops
  • Visit the Upper and Lower Falls – light walking, photo ops
  • Visit Artists Point – photo ops, potential wildlife viewing
  • Have dinner at the Roosevelt Lodge Dining Room
  • Visit Lamar Valley towards dusk for best chance at wildlife viewing
  • Return to campsite for s’mores and family bonding

Grand Canyon Yellowstone

For more resources on hiking in Yellowstone visit this website.

For more information on Grand Teton National Park click here. For more information on Yellowstone National Park click here. Do you have any additions that you would make to our Wise Guides’ itinerary? Suggest them in the comments! We will be back next month with another ideal Yellowstone trip itinerary.