Happy to find this forum.
I loved Yellowstone so much when I visited in 1987 as a grad student, I am excited to be on
this short trip, with my wife, son and daughter. The only open slot among the 4 of us
happens to be this narrow window of 5 days. Didn't plan in advance, not much choice for cheap airline/in-park hotels.
** I have not yet booked accommodations.**
What do you think of this plan:
Day 1 : Fly into Idaho Falls around 11 AM, rent car and drive to Jackson, stay night in Jackson?
- We should reach by 1:30/2 PM or so, can we do something that day?
Day 2 : Grand Tetons day, return back to Jackson to stay for the night?
- Jenny lake, short hike
Day 3 : Enter Yellowstone via south entrance
- west thumb, bridge bay, lake village up to sulfur cauldron, turn back towards old faithful, exit via west entrance and stay in West Yellowstone
Day 4 : Enter via west entrance, Madison, Norris, mammoth, tower Roosevelt, canyon village, back out via Norris, Madison and back to West Yellowstone, stay in West Yellowstone
Day 5 : Fly out of Idaho falls 1 PM, plenty of time to reach the airport and return the car