Welcome to Just Ahead’s Yellowstone Trip Planner—our guide to what you need to know to plan your trip to Yellowstone National Park. Click here to see the complete series—and be sure to download our Just Ahead smartphone audio tour of Yellowstone before you leave. We’ll steer you to and through the park and point out its inspiring viewpoints and scenic wonders—plus we share entertaining and educational stories all along the way. It’s like having a friendly tour guide along for the ride.
America’s original national park is also one of the country’s most popular, with visitation primarily condensed into the prime summer months. The park is huge, though, and absorbs visitors well enough—at least when they’re not stopping in the middle of the road to snap pictures of roaming bison.
Be sure to check the park’s road-information web page for the dates of road closures and openings. Typically, all roads in the park are closed by early November except for the road between the North Entrance and Northeast Entrance. Roads begin opening again in April and May.
The trip planner that follows was compiled by Aaron Teasdale, who wrote Just Ahead’s Yellowstone audio tour, and who has spent considerable time in the park. The planner is divided into three segments. Click below to read:
What Are the Best Sights in Yellowstone? — including don’t-miss sights and some personal favorites.
Where Should I Stay in Yellowstone? — including its historic inns, plus nearby towns.
Where Should I Camp in Yellowstone? — including all 12 of the park’s campgrounds.