Yellowstone National Park Trip

A Complete 3-Day Itinerary

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  • 10:20
  • 360 mi
  • $75
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Created by The Stoke Fam - July 21st 2020

Yellowstone, which is America's First National Park, is a location that should absolutely be on your bucketlist. It is a massive park with an incredibly diverse landscape that will wow adults and children, alike.

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Photo of Canyon Campground
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US 89, Emigrant, MT, US

Canyon Campground

Canyon Campground is centrally located, so is a great location to stay. However, if you booked elsewhere, just swap out your campgrounds!

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36mi 01h 01m

Roaring Mountain did not actually roar for us, but it got its name because of the sounds it made that could be heard from miles away.

After you visit Roaring Mountain, just past Indian Creek Campground, you'll see a road on your right. Head down the short drive to see Sheapeater Cliffs

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12mi 00h 20m

When we were planning our trip, we expected geysers, animals, and hot springs. We did not, however, expect to see massive canyons. Golden Gate Canyon was truly impressive and worth the drive!

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2mi 00h 05m
Photo of Mammoth Hot Springs
4.5

Mammoth Hot Springs, Mammoth, WY, US

Mammoth Hot Springs

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Mammoth Hot Springs is one of those iconic stops you just must do. You can drive through to see some of the thermal features of this area. However, boardwalks in the area make it easy to explore even more...and we think you should!

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4mi 00h 11m
Photo of Boiling River
4.5

N. Entrance Rd, MT, US

Boiling River

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If you have a chance to experience one of the only hot springs safe enough to get into in the park, you totally should. Our vehicle was too long for the parking area and we weren't able to find an alternate spot, so we headed further down and found a spot where we could park and make our dinner while listening to the river....a good trade off, we think!

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3mi 00h 09m
Photo of Roosevelt Arch
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Park County, Gardiner, MT, US

Roosevelt Arch

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This iconic arch is a quick stop, but one we think you will appreciate.

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23mi 00h 46m
Photo of Lamar Valley
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NE Entrance Rd, Yellowstone National Park,, WY, US

Lamar Valley

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Lamar Valley was my favorite spot to watch for animals. It is also the area where wolves are most likely to be seen. We weren't lucky enough to spot wolves, but we did spot bison, eagles, swans, elk, a fox, and more!

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38mi 01h 04m
Photo of Canyon Campground
5.0

US 89, Emigrant, MT, US

Canyon Campground

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After you've explored your heart out on your first day in Yellowstone, get some rest and get ready for our epic Day 2!

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60mi 01h 37m
Photo of Hayden Valley
4.5

Yellowstone National Park, WY, US

Hayden Valley

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As the Valley wakes up in the morning, you will have the opportunity to see all kinds of wildlife: bison, swans, eagles, elk, moose, etc. Keep your eyes peeled and let us know what you find!

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8mi 00h 15m
Photo of Yellowstone Lake
4.5

Yellowstone National Park, WY, US

Yellowstone Lake

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We loved taking the road along the lake and stopping wherever we felt like it. The views were absolutely incredible from every angle.

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6mi 00h 12m

The sulfur smell can be a little strong here: our kids were not fans, lol! But, we convinced them to keep exploring with the promise of seeing the "Dragon's Mouth". 😉

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8mi 00h 18m
Photo of Grand Canyon Of The Yellowstone
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Near Canyon Village, WY, US

Grand Canyon Of The Yellowstone

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An absolute must do. There are several locations from which to enjoy the canyon...none of them will disappoint.

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5mi 00h 16m
Photo of Artist Point
5.0

South Rim Dr, WY, US

Artist Point

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One of the most photographed spots in the park - and, for good reason!

We went back for a second round with more light...simply because this place is so stunning!

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56mi 01h 35m
Photo of Canyon Campground
5.0

US 89, Emigrant, MT, US

Canyon Campground

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After your full second day of exploring, head back to your campground and get some rest before following our Day 3 Itinerary. We saved the best for last in our 3 day itinerary. Spend the day exploring geysers, mineral springs, and, of course, Old Faithful!

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41mi 01h 10m
Photo of Norris Geyser Basin
4.5

Grand Loop Road at Norris, WY, US

Norris Geyser Basin

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Take your time exploring the many different thermal features in this area. If you're lucky, you may even get to see Steamboat Springs erupt! Consider covering your vehicle to prevent damage from the geyser spray if there's a chance it may erupt while you are there.

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21mi 00h 31m
Photo of Fountain Paint Pots Trail
4.5

Grand Loop Road, WY, US

Fountain Paint Pots Trail

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A great little stop where we actually got to see mud pots...our 7 year old was so stoked! A boardwalk takes you on an easy walk through this area.

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2mi 00h 03m
Photo of Midway Geyser Basin
4.5

Grand Loop Road, WY, US

Midway Geyser Basin

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The Grand Prismatic is beautiful from the Midway Geyser Basin, but if you really want the best views, head past Midway towards Fairy Falls Trail and take the split to the overlook. The rainbow of colors of the Grand Prismatic are even better from this vantage point.

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7mi 00h 14m

Yellow Stone National Park, Mammoth, WY, US

Old Faithful

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Make sure to check the eruption times when you arrive (or on the app), so you don't miss this beauty!

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