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other places to go near GTNP and YNP

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other places to go near GTNP and YNP

WE are travelling from UK to visit yelllowstone area in August.

We have 15 nights to spend in yellowstone area but I am a bit concerned that this might be too long. Can anyone suggest other places to vist outside the area. Thanks

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1. Re: other places to go near GTNP and YNP

You should include a night or two in Cody to the east of Yellowstone. We have done the Black Hills/Mt. Rushmore along with Yellowstone in 2 weeks and have also done Glacier and Yellowstone in 2 weeks as well as Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone in 2 weeks. So there are lots of choices in the area. Where are you flying in and out of? What are your interests?

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2. Re: other places to go near GTNP and YNP

good questions--

we also had 2 weeks and included YNP, Tetons, Cody, Devils Tower, Rushmore, Custer State Park and the Badlands. Not sure how "near" some of the places are :) but definitely a doable trip for us. Cody to Rapid City is a day's drive including the side trip to Devils Tower.

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3. Re: other places to go near GTNP and YNP

There's a whole circle of national parks, monuments, etc you could get to from that area in that time - it just depends on which fit your interests and whether you prefer to stay a while in one place or move around more. Grand Tetons, Capitol Reef, Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon, Moab, Arches, Glacier...

I would start with www.nps.gov (US National Park Service) and look at the maps around Yellowstone. ***Plus the state parks, scenic byways and historic sites in that area as well.

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4. Re: other places to go near GTNP and YNP

Our family spent 15 days in YNP and GTNP on our last trip and we left with still much to experience in both parks. If you love wildlife and being outside, then you will have plenty to do. If you need towns and created fun, then your time period is too long.

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5. Re: other places to go near GTNP and YNP

Without taking too much time away from the two National Parks and also not driving as far as the Black Hills I might suggest a bit of a circle outide the parks. Much of this though might need to be adapted for wherever you are flying in and out of or coming to the area from.

But in general and assuming a start from YNP...

5-6 dayes in YNP then drive to Cody

2-nights in Cody and see rodeo one evening plus museums, etc...

(if adventerous do a day trip up over the Chief Joseph Highway and dead Indian Pass as far as the Sunlight Bridge)

Then leave Cody for Thermopolis for a couple nights and enjoy hot springs. If there are kids with then this is a great stop due to the water parks and the dinosaur museum.


Then to Jackson and GTNP for five or so nights. On way do side trips out of Lander to South Pass City (passing red Canyon) and Sinks Canyon State Park.

If flying to Jackson then start there for a few days and go north to YNP and then do the loop back to Jackson.

This is just a rough sketch so look at a map (or GoogleMaps) and see if it fits. It does not go too far away from the parks but does get out and about to see more territory.

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