A 7-Day Guide to the Western National Parks
Your Guide to Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks
with xplore expert Hannah

A 7-Day Western National Parks Expedition

The 100th birthday of the National Parks in 2016 has us drooling over the idea of visiting every park possible during this momentous year. With all the wonderful options, it can be hard to know where to begin. We know our fellow nature-lovers are excited to make the most of the centennial, so our Xplore Team expert, Brittany—an expert in the Teton/Yellowstone region—has created a sample 7-day guide through the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks for a summer adventure you’ll never forget.

Two of our favorite western destinations, Teton Springs Lodge & Spa and Big Sky, frame Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks like bookends, making them the perfect starting and ending points to an incredible national park tour. Begin in Teton Valley, Idaho, stopping to enjoy the Lodge’s world-class amenities and accommodations, and make your way through the parks before arriving in Big Sky. Once you’re there, you can experience Yellowstone like a VIP on one of our customized tours through the park. By the end of your trip, you’ll have a photo album full of natural wonders, intimate knowledge of the parks, and family memories you’ll cherish forever.

Day 1

Teton Springs Lodge & Spa

Fly into Jackson Hole for the most convenient access to Teton Valley and settle into Teton Springs Lodge & Spa.

01

The Trip into Teton Valley

On your way from the airport, stop at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, which offers great views of the nearby Elk Refuge and a play area for kids to stretch their legs after a long flight.

02

Snake River Brewing

Before heading into Teton Valley, grab lunch at Snake River Brewing and explore downtown Jackson, a guest favorite in Wyoming.

03

Check in at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa

Check in at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa and settle into your luxury suite. Take a dip into the largest heated pool in the Jackson/Yellowstone region, or the hot tubs, while the kids play in the geyser-style play area.

Just the Beginning

Day 2

Keep it Local in Teton Valley

01

Horseback Riding through the Big Hole Mountains

Explore Idaho on horseback with the knowledgeable guides of Linn Canyon Ranch.

02

Headwaters Golf Course

Tee off on the beautiful rolling landscape of Headwaters Golf Course. Guests on a time crunch can complete the 9 hole par-3 course in as little as an hour.

03

Local Fly Fishing

A low-key alternative for the non-golfers in the group is fly fishing—the ponds on Teton Springs Lodge & Spa’s property don't require a fishing license, and equipment rental is available at the onsite outfitters.

04

Headwaters Grill

Dine at the onsite restaurant and enjoy the crisp summer breeze on the outdoor patio overlooking the golf course.

Up to Par

Day 3

The Drive Through the Parks

While you’re in Yellowstone, keep an eye out for hotspots you’d like to explore further—you’ll have a chance to delve deeper into the park on your private tour on Day 5.

01

The Storehouse Café

Start the morning right with breakfast at the Storehouse at the Lodge. The Storehouse can even prepare to-go breakfasts/lunch if you plan on leaving before 7:00am when the café opens.

02

Cruise through the parks

Hit the road for Big Sky, and make the focus of your day a leisurely drive through the parks. Be sure to drive up to Signal Mountain while in Grand Teton for an especially fantastic view, or hike around Jenny Lake.

03

320 Steakhouse & Saloon

This uniquely western saloon is the perfect introduction to Montana.

A 3-State Journey

Day 4

Rafting the Gallatin

The Gallatin River, spanning 115 miles from Yellowstone through Montana, offers a variety of waters for different kinds of fun.

01

Whitewater Rafting

Let Geyser Whitewater Expeditions take you on an epic journey through Yellowstone on the Gallatin River.

02

Dine In

Soak in your private hot tub while a personal chef prepares your dinner.

Be Pampered

Day 5

Experience Yellowstone

A customized tour is sure to be the highlight of your trip, and certainly the best way to savor every last bit of Yellowstone National Park.

01

Yellowstone Luxury Tour

Our Yellowstone Luxury Tours are completely customizable, meaning that you and your family can take a private trip through the park in any way that you prefer—be it morning, evening, with multiple stops or just one. Yellowstone is your playground today, so enjoy it however you want.

02

Michaelangelo's

Exquisite Italian cuisine in Meadow Village

The VIP Experience

Day 6

Fish, Food, & More

You can't leave Big Sky without heading back out to the Gallatin where you can wet a line and try to hook one of its notorious trout.

01

Fishing on the Gallatin

Cast for the famous Yellowstone cutthroat trout in the many fishable areas of the river, which offers access points in Yellowstone and beyond.

02

Bugaboo Café

Stop in for lunch at this local favorite and chow down on the Old Faithful sandwich now that you've seen the real thing

03

Lone Peak

Reach the summit of Lone Peak on the tram and take in views of 3 states and the incredible mountain panoramas.

04

The Cabin

Casual fine dining in the heart of Mountain Village

Hook a Big One

Day 7

Fly Down the Mountain

What better way to say goodbye to Big Sky than to see it from above?

01

Zip Lining at Big Sky Resort

Experience speed like never before as you race down 1,500 feet of mountain terrain

02

Gallatin Riverhouse Grill

Part with Big Sky in the best way possible--with some of the best barbeque around.

03

Back to Jackson Hole

Return to Jackson for your departing flight.

Adrenaline Rush

Local Tips & Expertise

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Our Top 3's in the Area

Hannah

Big Sky US Xplore Team

"Don't leave Big Sky without riding the Lone Peak Tram—views like that are hard to come by."

Hannah has ten years experience in the hospitality industry and has traveled extensively both in the US and abroad. After two years of traveling in Asia she joined the Xplore team in Denver. Outside of work, Hannah enjoys hiking, kayaking, and seeing new places. She looks forward to sharing her love of travel with you and planning your next vacation.