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Teton versus Yellowstone

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Teton versus Yellowstone

Visiting end of August...first time. If we have 4+ days in the Teton Park and Yellowstone Park area, how should we allocate?

What would be a good breakpoint if driving from Denver on our way to Jackson, Yellowstone area? Thinking of Rock Springs...

Thanks.

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Welcome to the Forums.

Kids with you? If so, ages? Helps to know how to advise on your split.

Do you have lodging?

In general, I'd say split your time between YNP and GTNP, 3 and 2. YNP is vast, many wonderful miles to view, GTNP is much smaller.

I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit, though from Boston area, I had to find Franklin!

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No children. Two "middle aged" adults. Working on lodging, any suggestions?

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Hi, we stayed in Jackson Hole, but you can get closer to the Tetons further north at Teton Village for the beginning. Then we went to west Yellowstone and stayed at the Three Bear Lodge, cute, small, funky, moderate priced motel and saw a lot from there - Mamoth, Old Faithful, and the great mud pots. You can do a lot in four days. We went last June when there was a lot of wildlife and still a lot of snow. In August, there may be more traffic so go on the National Park site which has a good map and suggestions. Have fun and bring your binoculars. Check for bear reports on some of the trails so you can be prepared and go with more people. Also walked down the Yellowstone Falls trail which was a lot of steps, but wonderful!!

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Thanks for insights.

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Take a look at Signal Lodge Grand Tetons.

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Lodging Inside and Outside YNP

For lodging INSIDE the Park - http://www.travelyellowstone.com/ Xanterra is the YNP contracted lodging resource and it's a free service, no fees.

To get reservations in the park - (1) Monitor the Xanterra website continuously and if you can (2) call, at least once a day, as cancellations often occur.

If you find nothing available, reserve lodging outside the park but know the cancellation policies. If you do get Xanterra lodging, cancel those reservations.

My choices for inside the park are, in order, Canyon (perhaps Lake), Roosevelt, Old Faithful. I go for centrality, it's a huge park.

For lodging OUTSIDE the Park - Use the gateway towns of West Yellowstone and Gardiner.

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7. Re: Teton versus Yellowstone

Here are the must sees for Yellowstone- to help you plan your days-

http://yellowstone.net/intro/top-10/

If you have only 4-5 days then spend at least 3-4 days in YNP and 1 in GTNP.

If no in park lodging then try West Yellowstone for YNP and Jackson Hole for GTNP.

The park roads resemble a giant figure 8 and they are easy to drive and tour.

Are you flying into the area or driving? That would help us to answer your questions and to help plan your trip.

Good luck!!

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