Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park are only 65 miles apart–so close it is definitely possible to hit both on your next national park adventure! Plan on about a 2 hour drive time if the traffic is normal, but expect delays into The Yellowstone gate on busy weekends, especially after 9am.
If you are short on time and trying to decide between the two, consider what you most like to do on a vacation because these parks are very different.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is known for its wildlife and geothermal areas. These sights are truly incredible, but keep in mind they all need to be accessed in a vehicle; and Yellowstone is REALLY BIG! Almost 3,500 square miles is a lot to explore, and you will be doing it in your car. In fact, the grand loop of Yellowstone takes 4 hours to drive on a good day and 7 hours during the busy season months. That means a lot of time sitting and looking out the window. If this is your jam, you will love the sights of Yellowstone!
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park is best known for its amazing trails–200 miles of them! Some of the best views of the park can be found at the end of these trails. While there are iconic things to see from your car, the best exploring in this park is done on foot. So if your family is the walking adventure type, Grand Teton will definitely be your jam!
Whichever you choose, remember to pack for the occasion and, if you do plan on doing a lot of hiking, prepare in advance by taking the family on a few outings beforehand (to make your life a little better on the trails).