Yellowstone is a truly amazing place – but planning a trip there can be overwhelming and time consuming. When I was planning my first Yellowstone itinerary, I was worried about:

#1 US national parks can get really crowded and I didn’t want to spend hours waiting in line to get into the national park

#2 I also didn’t want to spend my precious vacation driving around a parking lot trying to find a place to park

#3 I didn’t want to miss out on all the best bits of the park – but I didn’t know what they were!

#4 I really wanted to see bison, but didn’t know where and when I would have the best chances of seeing one

#5 I wanted to see all the famous geysers, hot springs, and other natural features, but didn’t know where they all were and when the best time to see them would be

If this is you too, don’t worry.  Fortunately, it’s possible to overcome these concerns and have a dream vacation to Yellowstone. 

Your trip to Yellowstone National Park can absolutely look like this:

Yellowstone Morning Glory

++ You know exactly when and where to go to beat the crowds. You don’t wait in line or spend time looking for a parking space.  You arrive when there are empty spaces and leave when things are crowded.

++ You know all the best places to see wildlife. You have the best chances of seeing bison, black bears, wolves, and more. You even get the classic shot of a bison with a geyser gushing in the background.

++ You know all the best points of interest and you’re there at the best times for the best photos. You see geysers, colored pools, waterfalls, and travertine terraces.

I have used all my years of experience planning and traveling to create your personal – and flexible Yellowstone itinerary planner

You’ll know exactly how to spend each day – what to do, where to be, and when to go for the best views, the best chances of seeing wildlife, and to avoid the crowds.

But you’ll also have the flexibility to choose options for your own comfort level and interests.


>> Essential tips for visiting the park >>Daily schedule
>> Detailed step-by-step breakdown of each activity and place
>> Alternatives for different levels of fitness and interest
>> Detailed driving directions with maps
>> Tips and important information
>> Detailed hike descriptions with maps
>> Recommendations on where – and when – to find the best points of interest and views
>> Recommendations on where – and when – to see wildlife
>> How to adjust your schedule depending on where you stay
>> Useful links for booking


Yellowstone Accommodations Guide

All the accommodations inside the park, plus a hand-curated list of additional options near the park

Yellowstone Dining Guide

All the dining choices inside the park, plus a carefully selected list of additional places nearby

Yellowstone Wildlife Checklist

A fun activity for the whole family – check off the animals you see and note where and when you see them


James Ian in Yellowstone with bison

Hi.  I’m James and I totally get how stressful planning a trip to the national parks can be.  You want to have the trip of a lifetime, but it’s hard to know exactly how to plan it all. 

I’ve traveled to 82 countries, all 7 continents, 32 states in the US, and all the major national parks (and many ‘minor’ ones). 

Through all those travels, I’ve learned exactly how to plan a vacation.  And in my travels to Yellowstone, I’ve discovered the park’s hidden secrets, the best places to see wildlife, where the best views are, when to take the best photos, and how to avoid the crowds. 

And I am sharing all this with you in these itineraries.

A private one-day tour of Yellowstone costs around $250! Save money and use my itinerary to create your own personal trip with your family and/ or friends for less than $10/ day!

Take the overwhelm out of your planning, save time, and start your trip confident that you will see all the best that Yellowstone National Park has to offer.



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“Everything was so easy. We saw everything and had the most amazing trip ever!”

Sue, Cincinnati


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What happens if my plans change and I can’t use the itinerary this year?

This itinerary is specifically designed so you can use it any year. You’ll get access to an exclusive section of my website with major updates that may affect the itinerary. So, you can use it this year, next year or in five years’ time, and still have access to any current updates that might affect your trip.

What happens if my plans change after I’ve bought the itinerary and I have more (or less) time to spend in the park?

The itineraries are designed for the length of time you plan to be in the park, but they can be adjusted.

If you think you might end up with less time, I recommend getting a longer itinerary and trimming down if needed. You can always email me at for suggestions on how to do that if you find yourself in this situation.

However, if you decide to stay longer and want to upgrade, just email me and for the difference in the regular price, I’ll send you the longer itinerary. So you don’t need to pay for two itineraries when you only need one!

What if I’ve already started to plan my trip? Is this helpful?

Yes. You can check your self-planned trip against this itinerary. You are bound to pick up some extra tips and get some extra ideas for when and where to go.

What if I want to go for longer than 4 days?

The four-day itinerary has you seeing all the major park highlights, but there are loads of extra activities, hiking trails, and options for leisurely days enjoying the park. If you have more time, I recommend doing the four-day itinerary then checking out my Parks Collecting guides for extra things to do.

I’m planning to go to Yellowstone in winter. Can I use this itinerary?

No. Most of the roads (other then the northern road between the North and Northeast Entrances) are closed for regular vehicular traffic between November and May. This itinerary assumes they are open and is suitable for travel mid-May – September when the roads, restaurants and accommodations are open.

If you’re planning a winter trip, read my free Guide to Visiting Yellowstone National Park in Winter for detailed information.

This is not my first trip to Yellowstone. Will this itinerary be helpful for me?

This itinerary is designed for first timers to the park. If you’ve been before, you will probably pick up some new tips, but overall, it may not be the best option for you.

I don’t like being stuck with a really rigid plan. Is this itinerary for me?

Yes! This itinerary has been specifically created to give you choices. There are options for those who like to be active and hit the trails but also for those who want to experience the park in a more leisurely way.

I don’t like to hike. Does this itinerary have options for me?

Yes. There are options for people who like to hike and alternate options to experience the same general areas of the park for those who either can’t or prefer not to hike.

I like to hike and want to do some long hikes. Will this itinerary be useful for me?

Yes. The 4-Day Itinerary includes an option for a longer hike. If you want to do even more long hikes, then I recommend doing the 4-day itinerary but staying an extra day or more in the park and using those extra days for more and/ or longer hikes.

I am traveling for 3.5 days (or 1.5 or 2.5 days). Which itinerary should I get?

If you have a half day, the easiest way to adjust the itinerary is to go with the longer itinerary and then trim down. You can change the order of the days and choose which day you wish to cut some time off. This is easy to do. Alternatively, you could get the 3-day itinerary and then go back to a favorite spot for half a day on your fourth day.

How long do I need to see Yellowstone?

You can see the basic highlights in one very full day, but I recommend four days if you can. I like to take a one-week vacation and spend four days in Yellowstone and three days in neighboring Grand Teton (plus a travel day either end). It’s a perfect national parks vacation.

Why should I pay for this? There are lots of blogs with free itineraries

While that’s true, free itinerary blog posts are invariably pretty general. This itinerary is completely different from a typical blog post. It has a detailed minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour breakdown of what to do, so that you can use it to guide your whole trip. It also includes detailed driving directions, hike descriptions, adjustments if you stay in different places, and all the bonus extras.

What the difference between this and a guide book?

Guidebooks provide information about every place to stay and place to eat and lots of things to do. However, they don’t curate all that information into a workable itinerary. You need to do that yourself, and with so much information to try and digest, it can be hard to know exactly the best things to do / see and when.

On the other hand, they also lack really helpful information such as detailed driving directions from each point in your itinerary to the next, and detailed hike descriptions.

My itineraries have done all the heavy lifting for you. I have sifted through all the information you’d find in guidebooks (from my personal experience) to create a step-by-step schedule – and added in all the practical information you need to know when you get there.

How does this itinerary work when I might stay somewhere different from other people buying it?

The itinerary assumes you will stay in West Yellowstone, which is the most popular gateway town to Yellowstone National Park. However, it includes full details on how to adjust the timing based on where you stay. Whether you stay north near Gardner and Bozeman; northeast in Culver City; east in Cody; south in the northern part of Grand Teton National Park; or at one or more of the many places to stay inside the park, you will know exactly how to tweak the timing for where you are staying.



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Yellowstone 1 day



Yellowstone 2-Day Itinerary
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Yellowstone 2 day



Yellowstone 3-Day Itinerary
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Yellowstone 3 day



Yellowstone 4-Day Itinerary
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Yellowstone 4 day


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