How to See It All in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park in 2 Days

Earlier this summer my brothers and I had our second annual siblings trip and this time we tackled 2 National Parks! We flew into Jackson, WY and spent three full days exploring Jackson, Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone. I came into the trip having read several blogs and had list upon list of things to see, trails to hike and felt kind of overwhelmed, but I was pleasantly surprised just how much we could tackle in our short trip.  I also downloaded the REI app, which was really helpful with the map feature and the apps for each national park.

Day 1:

Arrive in Jackson, WY. Drive from airport through part of Grand Teton National Park to our hotel and get acclimated. Find food! We decided to adventure to downtown Jackson and enjoyed Lift Jackson Hole. There was a great view of the ski slope. My brother enjoyed a huckleberry mojito and I had some fruity cocktail too. Delicious chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich too. Once we were nourished we made a plan for our next days adventures.

Day 2:

All day in Grand Teton National Park. We woke up early and it was cloudy, but we were determined to get our sights in. We drove to:

  • Moulton’s Barn
  • Schwabacher’s Landing
  • Snake River Outlook
  • Lunch at Smith Mountain Lodge
  • Hiking around Jenny Lake
  • Drove along back towards the hotel, stopping at various overlooks

Ate dinner at Mangy Moose. The decor is a spectacle, so many old school movie posters, but the real showstopper is the peanut butter pie. You can thank me later.

Grand Teton and wildflowers

Day 3:

Tour of the Lower Loop of Yellowstone with Brushbuck Tours. Highly recommend! We drove through Grand Teton National Park, stopping along the way to see wildlife, then headed to Yellowstone, where we saw all the highlights:

  • Old Faithful
  • Old Faithful Inn (really cool history)
  • Geothermal pools at Black Sand
  • Grand Canyon of Yellowstone/Lookout point
  • Wide-open plain


We stayed close to our hotel that night and at a pizza place called Malakas.


Day 4:

The weather was cold and rainy, so we decided to explore downtown Jackson, checking out the local shops and eating lunch at a place called Local. We went to the Museum of Wildlife Art, which was a pleasant surprise. They had a great exhibit from National Geographic with portraits of endangered animals and a collection of WWII-era posters for the national parks that we all really enjoyed.


We found a cute coffee shop and bakery called Persephone’s to get some hot chocolate. Another cute store I would have loved to shop longer was called MADE with cute decor, candles, posters, cards and jewelry.

Day 5:

I dropped off my brothers at the airport extremely early, so I decided to explore Grand Tetons some more on my own and really just enjoy a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Went back to Mormon Row, then drove to and hiked the Taggart Lake Trail. It was beautiful and very cool to walk through some of the burned area, plus had a view of a babbling brook before arriving at the lake with a  great view. I stopped for breakfast at Dornan’s Chuckwagon with a great view and hot pancakes. Beware — seating is outside, but they do have a plastic tent to shield you from the elements.