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driving distance from Jackson Hole

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driving distance from Jackson Hole

Hello,

My husaband are planning a 4 day trip to Yellowstone in September. We plan to fly into Jackson Hole, rent a car and drive towards yellowstone. I am unsure of the driving times - can one recommend a place to stay the first night. We don't want to spend the entire day driving. Is the area around old faithful too far, or just outside the park to the west ? thanks much.

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1. Re: driving distance from Jackson Hole

September (depending on when) might still be possible to get lodging inside YNP but there is not much between Jackson and there aside from places related to Grand Teton NP. From Jackson to Old Faithful is about 96 miles and in theory under two hours but allowing for time to view Tetons on the way by figure 4-5 with many stops and slower road. From Old Faithful to W, Yellowstone would be another hour or so but again plan for many stops as this passes some of the better geothermal features (not counting Old Faithful itself) so it will take longer than just the drive time.

Lodging inside YNP is all done by Xanterra:

http://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com/

You can check your dates and see what might be available. Staying inside the park is more rustic but also a lot more convenient.

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2. Re: driving distance from Jackson Hole

You will be looking at two and a half hours of non stop driving time from the Jackson airport to Old Faithful, and another hour from Old Faithful over to West Yellowstone. Depending on what time you flight lands, you might want to stay that first night either in Jackson, or in Grand Teton N.P.

If you are considering inside the park lodging during this trip, there is no such thing as too early to begin the reservation process.

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3. Re: driving distance from Jackson Hole

Between the airport and Yellowstone are some nice hotels.

Signal Lodge is one of them.

Be great if you can stay for more then 4 days.

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4. Re: driving distance from Jackson Hole

Thanks for all the suggestions.

If I am looking for the shortest drive from an airport to the park, is flying into Jackson Hole the best option ?

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5. Re: driving distance from Jackson Hole

Actually the closest airport to a Yellowstone gate is West Yellowstone(WYS)

However they are served by a Delta Connection out of Salt Lake City, and they fly twin turbo-prop aircraft. If the smaller planes don't bother you, that is as close to YNP as you can fly in commercially. However the airport closes for the season at the end of September.

Jackson is the more practical choice for year round scheduling purposes, and for those who do not like what some people call "puddle jumper" aircraft.

Here is a link to that airport's web site.

http://www.yellowstoneaviation.com/

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