In spite of research on this forum, I couldn't find posts recommending how to split a 2-week trip to Grand Teton and Yellowstone.
In 2012, we did GCNP, Arches, Zion, Bryce. Last year Big Sur, Yosemite and Sequoia. Here is what we enjoyed and are looking forward to finding next year:
- stay 2+ nights in each location (don't live out of a suitcase)
- wake up early to see wildlife and hike before it's hot
- just admire the vistas, landscape, immensity
- be able to cook our meals (don't eat out every time)
- drive no more than 5 hours between 2 hotels
I'm looking into arriving/leaving from Salt Lake City.
I've read about GTNP, where I'm thinking to spend 2-3 days [2 nights in Jakson]
I've also read about the various locations within YNP
- Mammoth (see 'Gardiner' below)
- Canyon village
- Lake village, with the Hayden valley for wildlife viewing
- Old Faithful OF
- Roosevelt, with Lamar valley for wildlife viewing
And two locations just outside the park, where lodging could be more affordable:
- West Yellowstone
We'll be 2 families (4 adults, 4 teens and two 9-yo) and we can afford NP hotels, but not for every night.
So the question to you guys Destination Experts: how would you split your 12 nights amongst those locations in GTNP & YNP, and in which sequence ?
This will greatly help planning and checking for vacancy. I may then ask for your help again if I hesitate between different hotels.