Yellowstone Vacation Packages

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Hike, bike, and more on our Yellowstone vacation packages and guided tours that reveal the park’s hidden gems and iconic spots – far from the crowds.

The perfect adventure destination for bikers, hikers, skiers, snowmobilers, horseback riders, and more, you’re sure to find everything you need to stay active, enjoy great company and explore the beautiful and bountiful Yellowstone National Park.

There’s no place like it, and no one knows it better.

Yellowstone Vacations for Families

North America

Yellowstone & Grand Teton Family Vacation

  • Duration 6 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 2 
    • Activity Level 2

      On the Move

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they're even worn in, but they don't go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

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Trip Start: Jackson, Wyoming Trip End: Jackson, Wyoming

North America

Yellowstone Family Vacation

  • Duration 6 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 2 
    • Activity Level 2

      On the Move

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they're even worn in, but they don't go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

    Read more about the Active Range

Trip Start: Bozeman, Montana Trip End: Bozeman, Montana

North America

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation

  • Duration 6 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

      Earn Your Lunch

      I stay active on vacation and love the feeling of relaxing after a busy day on the go. I season my trips with a little fresh exercise.

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Trip Start: Bozeman, Montana Trip End: Bozeman, Montana

Yellowstone Vacations for Adults

North America

Yellowstone & Grand Teton Adventure

4.33

  • Duration 6 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 2 
    • Activity Level 2

      On the Move

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they're even worn in, but they don't go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

    Read more about the Active Range

You’ll feel like you stepped back in time to the wild, wild west as you explore the majesty of northwestern Wyoming, hiking, biking and kayaking in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

Trip Start: Jackson, Wyoming Trip End: Jackson, Wyoming

North America

Yellowstone Adventure

4.65

  • Duration 6 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 2 
    • Activity Level 2

      On the Move

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they're even worn in, but they don't go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

    Read more about the Active Range

From the powerful waterfall of Yellowstone River’s Upper Falls to horseback riding into the Absaroka Mountains, you’ll be left awe at the natural wonders of this incredible National Park!

Trip Start: Bozeman, Montana Trip End: Bozeman, Montana

North America

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Adventure

  • Duration 6 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

      Earn Your Lunch

      I stay active on vacation and love the feeling of relaxing after a busy day on the go. I season my trips with a little fresh exercise.

    Read more about the Active Range

Journey through Montana's vast wilderness and geothermal wonders on our 'Bison' Big Sky & Yellowstone Adventure Tour. You'll explore Gallatin National Forest, hike to Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, horseback ride into the Absaroka Mountains and spot magnificent wildlife in Hayden Valley. 

Trip Start: Bozeman, Montana Trip End: Bozeman, Montana

North America

Yellowstone, Glacier & Grand Teton Adventure

  • Duration 8 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

      Earn Your Lunch

      I stay active on vacation and love the feeling of relaxing after a busy day on the go. I season my trips with a little fresh exercise.

    Read more about the Active Range

Explore the renowned landscapes of Yellowstone, Glacier and Grand Teton National Parks on one grand adventure, filled with bucket list moments.

Trip Start: Jackson, Wyoming Trip End: Whitefish, Montana

What guests are saying about their Yellowstone Vacations

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- March 2022

Winter in Yellowstone and Big Sky 2022.

"Great trip, Steve and Eliza our guides were terrific not to mention lots of fun.… read more

"Great trip, Steve and Eliza our guides were terrific not to mention lots of fun. Well organized tour, accommodation and food was wonderful. Already booked for Canada in 2023! read less

4 Stars (1 reviews)

Elsie, United States

- September 2021

A magical trip to a magical place

"The tour guides Bryan and Carrie were fabulous. Their knowledge and enthusiasm captivated everyone in… read more

"The tour guides Bryan and Carrie were fabulous. Their knowledge and enthusiasm captivated everyone in the group and we all learned so much and saw so much. Yellowstone is a wonderful place and would be a great place to visit no matter what but the tour that was organized for us was so special and offered so many wonders to take in. The planning was exceptional and the execution was amazing. Great time with plenty of great memories. read less

5 Stars (16 reviews)

Mimi, United States

- September 2021

Packed days in Grand Teton and Yellowstone

"The Coyote trip was a great way to see as much of the Grand Teton… read more

"The Coyote trip was a great way to see as much of the Grand Teton and Yellowstone as you could pack into 6 days. Every day was filled with some sort of adventure; we were able to see a great variety of wildlife and geological features. I enjoyed the hiking and biking and it was at a pace that was welcoming to all levels. It was really special to be able to stay within Yellowstone and at Jenny Lake Lodge and have incredible views and quick assess to the parks in the next days. read less

4 Stars (6 reviews)

Kristen, United States

- September 2021

Great Experience

"Great experience with wonderful knowledgeable guides! read more

"Great experience with wonderful knowledgeable guides! read less

4 Stars (6 reviews)

Jeanine, United States

- September 2021

Yellowstone and Teton Tour

"This tour included incredible views of the amazing Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, including… read more

"This tour included incredible views of the amazing Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, including a variety of wildlife! We were able to enjoy the vast, picturesque landscapes through our hikes, riding the bike paths, and rafting down the Snake River. Our guides were knowledgeable, fun, and professional. If you are considering this tour, be sure to know your activity level; some in the tour were unable to complete the daily activities while others didn't find it difficult enough. We were active most of the day, but at an easy to moderate level. read less

4 Stars (6 reviews)

Emily, United States

- September 2021

So much I didn’t understand about Yellowstone

"I booked this trip because Covid made it difficult to travel internationally & I'm so… read more

"I booked this trip because Covid made it difficult to travel internationally & I'm so happy I did. I had always planned on “doing “ the US national parks when I was older feeling they would be less arduous. While Yellowstone can be enjoyed by visiting what’s near the road, this trip took you much further into the park. The dangers of Yellowstone should NOT be underestimated and the trip leaders were excellent at advising & guiding us to wonderful, beautiful off the beaten path places safely. The Thermal features go well beyond Old Faithful, the hikes very varied & lodging in the National Parks was a treat. read less

4 Stars (6 reviews)

Katie, United States

- August 2021

Amazing Trip!

"Our trip to the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park was outstanding. Heather, Katie and… read more

"Our trip to the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park was outstanding. Heather, Katie and Jessi were wonderful guides. Thank you for making my summer so special! read less

5 Stars (6 reviews)

Greg, United States

- August 2021

Yellowstone with Carrie & Bryan

"So grateful for our guide’s willingness to create a lifetime experience and memories in Yellowstone… read more

"So grateful for our guide’s willingness to create a lifetime experience and memories in Yellowstone Park- they shared their passion, knowledge and willingness to support all of us - no detail was ignored. read less

5 Stars (16 reviews)

Michele, United States

- August 2021

Fantastic Trip!

"I have never been to Yellowstone Park and it was amazing!
There were thermal features… read more

"I have never been to Yellowstone Park and it was amazing!
There were thermal features around every corner and the vistas were breathtaking. We saw bison (more than you could count), elk, mule deer and even a fight between a grizzly bear and a wolf over a bison carcass.
However, the best part of the trip were our guides, Katie, Heather and Jessi. They were friendly, competent, knowledgeable and worked well together as a team. They were the ones who made the trip so special. read less

5 Stars (16 reviews)

John, United States

- July 2021

Best Trip Ever!

"The Caldera trip was amazing. The guides Heather and Katie were so friendly and knowledgeable,… read more

"The Caldera trip was amazing. The guides Heather and Katie were so friendly and knowledgeable, the scenery was incredible, and the activities like rafting and zip-lining were so fun. The food was delicious too! read less

5 Stars (16 reviews)

Liz, United States

- July 2021

Yellowstone is Amazing.

"Yellowstone is a beautiful park. The thermal features are so interesting, geysers, hot springs and… read more

"Yellowstone is a beautiful park. The thermal features are so interesting, geysers, hot springs and boiling mud pots! Everyone should take the time to visit. Hiking is amazing as you travel through forests, mountains, canyons, waterfalls and thermal areas. read less

4 Stars (16 reviews)

Liz, United States

- July 2021

Solo trip but became an Adventure with new Friends!

"I selected the Caldera trip because it was at a location I have not yet… read more

"I selected the Caldera trip because it was at a location I have not yet visited; because it included hiking which I enjoy doing weekly and because it included other adventures that I have never tried such as rope course and ziplining, white water rafting, and a trail ride. The level/ physical requirements for this trip was spot on for both the hikes and the other adventures. I really enjoyed the extra elements of education from the guides. The education from the guides on wildlife and plant and thermal features were second only to the views! read less

5 Stars (16 reviews)

Dina, United States

- July 2021

Yellowstone

"Heather and Katie went out of their way to make the trip as perfect as… read more

"Heather and Katie went out of their way to make the trip as perfect as it could be. They are amazing chefs and the food they prepared was five stars!!! read less

5 Stars (16 reviews)

Lani, Virgin Islands (U.S.)

- July 2021

Active Adventures Caldera Trip

"Your partnership with Austin Adventures was a great choice! read more

"Your partnership with Austin Adventures was a great choice! read less

5 Stars (16 reviews)

Valerie, United States

- June 2021

Coyote

"Best way to see 2 National Parks on one trip! You keep active, see the… read more

"Best way to see 2 National Parks on one trip! You keep active, see the wonderful sites and meet new people. read less

5 Stars (6 reviews)

Karen, United States

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Best Time of Year for a Yellowstone Vacation

It may sound cliche, but there is never a wrong time to visit Yellowstone National Park. The truth is, people are always visiting Yellowstone, whether it’s raining, snowing, or the sun is shining – there’s still something to see and do.

The best time to visit Yellowstone is genuinely dependent upon the types of activities you’re looking to participate in on your adventure vacation. From hiking and horseback riding to snowmobiling to snowshoeing, you can do it all in Yellowstone.

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Planning for a Yellowstone Vacation

Being prepared is the first step to a great adventure vacation. Along with your trip itinerary, let the tips and tricks below help get you on your way to being prepared for your Yellowstone vacation.

Pack Layers

Yellowstone experiences distinct seasons are snowy, white winters and warm, sunny summers. You’ll find that the weather can vary significantly, even in a day. It means that you always have to be equipped with a diverse set of clothing options. The best way to do this is to plan on layers: a base layer, insulating mid-layers, and an additional shell.

Pack Practical Footwear

As expert travelers, we’re well aware that warm, dry feet usually result in a happy traveler! Pack insulated boots that both repel water and are roomy enough for thick, wool socks to fit underneath. In the summer, you’ll want lighter hiking boots or a reliable pair of athletic shoes along with river shoes.

Pack for the Weather

Many pieces of clothing will make your vacation in Yellowstone comfortable. Including gloves (the layering approach applies here too, with an insulating layer underneath a wind/waterproof outer layer). So, A hat (in the summer, you’ll want one with a brim for sun protection), neck warmer, and gaiters (these go over your boots and run up to about the knee, keeping snow out of your boots).

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Travel Tips for a Yellowstone National Park Vacation

Attracting millions of visitors every year; Yellowstone National Park has become one of America’s most prized experiences – and we love to offer it to visitors alike. If you’re considering a trip through Yellowstone; be sure to keep these tips in mind to ensure you have the best experience possible.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled

Keep your eyes peeled for all sorts of wildlife. It is a rich ecosystem home to all different kinds of species – this is part of what makes the trip. So, unique and exciting. Be on the lookout for animals (especially bison!) that roam freely.

Take a Guided Tour

With so much to see and do in Yellowstone National Park (believe it or not, the Park spans over 2.2 million acres!); it’s tough to know what the top sights and experiences are. Our expert guides have intimate knowledge of the Park and insider access to give you a national park experience, unlike any other. Choose guided travel and enjoy more education; a more straightforward trip-planning experience (show up!), and excellent use of time between top (and more secretive!) sights. Read more about Traveling with a Guide.

Bring a Camera

Yellowstone National Park provides unmatched photo opportunities for everyone, from the most novice to the most expert photographer. Trust us; you’ll want to take advantage. From the gorgeous Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone to the Mammoth Hot Springs and beyond, be sure to have a camera on hand to capture some of the Park’s most refined scenes. Keeping your camera ready is key to capturing those perfect wildlife and lighting moments.

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About Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park at a Glance

From magnificent sights and sounds – like the Boiling River, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and Mammoth Hot Springs, to name just a few – to the fascinating wildlife and ecosystem that calls Yellowstone home, you’re guaranteed to have the trip of a lifetime on any of our Yellowstone vacations.

Explore the Yellowstone Caldera and bear witness to the greatest concentration of geothermal features on the planet. Experience the eruption of Old Faithful, Yellowstone’s icon, the most famous geyser in the world due to its “faithful” eruption times. Also, view the largest volume waterfall in the Rocky Mountains, Lower Yellowstone Falls, on every Yellowstone tour.

Yellowstone by the Seasons

Spring (March to July)

It is beautiful weather and relatively warm temperatures ranging between 40 – 70F. Springtime is a fantastic time of year to visit Yellowstone National Park (though, be aware that these are averages, and weather in Yellowstone can be quite unpredictable – so packing a few warm layers is a must!). Not classified as a peak travel time for Yellowstone; you’ll experience far fewer crowds as a result. While still being able to take advantage of many activities like hiking and biking.

Summer (July to Sept)

With temperatures ranging between 58 – 80F at their height, it’s no wonder that the summer months (particularly July & August) are the most popular time to visit Yellowstone. Comfortable enough to sleep in the great outdoors and aligning correctly with school holidays, This park is often packed with visitors during the summer. During peak season time, all of the Park’s facilities are open to enjoy, and the weather is perfect for all sorts of outdoor activities.

Fall (Sept to Nov)

Another fantastic time of year to visit Yellowstone; fall is relatively mild and is the perfect time of year for outdoor adventures, including hiking, watching wildlife, and more. So, the surrounding nature is at its finest, and crowds are beginning to dwindle, leaving you the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beauty of this national park.

Winter (Dec to March)

Winter in Yellowstone is a perfect time to explore without having to battle with buses filled with tourists. Expect a few inches of snowfall and temperatures often below freezing. Still, as long as you pack the right gear, you’ll be able to enjoy a variety of activities, including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, skating, snowmobiling, and more!

Active Adventure Assurance

Secure Your Spot Now, Pay the Rest Later

As members of the Active Adventures family, Austin Adventures offers booking assurance that allows you to secure your spot with a deposit now and pay the rest later. Plus, if your plans change or you can’t travel, you can transfer your booking or request a refund on any additional funds paid (less deposit) up to 90 days from your original trip start date.  

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FAQs About Visiting Yellowstone

Do you recommend buying travel insurance?

As an Austin Adventures traveler, it’s highly recommended you take out travel insurance to cover the likes of travel delays, missed connections, medical expenses or injury, or lost baggage for your travel with us. Please head to our Travel Protection page for more in-depth information and our recommended insurance provider.

What's included on your North America trips?

Accommodation

We've spent years finding places to stay that are quaint, perfectly-located, and comfortable when we take you to the most amazing parts of North America. We offer a wide variety of accommodations on our trips ranging from locally run inns and first-class hotels to resorts, dude ranches and historic national park cabins. Accommodations are selected for their location, unique charm and history, and offer a true feel for the region. We strongly believe in the value of a good night's sleep and our accommodation reflects this. We also like to have somewhere comfortable to relax after the day's activities.

Transport

We're really focused on ensuring that we spend as little time as possible sitting in vehicles, and that we optimise your vacation for adventuring in the great outdoors. Our average driving time is just over two hours a day, and we make plenty of stops for bathroom breaks and sightseeing along the way. We use modern, comfortable 15-passenger vans for all of our transfers and a second van is added to most departures to provide more flexibility and more room to spread out while seeing the sights! Make no mistake - our trips are not typical bus tour vacation packages! Picture more of a road trip with family complete with good music, tasty snacks, and plenty of guide-supplied fun facts along the way to keep you entertained!

Meals

Just about all your meals are included when you travel with Austin Adventures in North America. We provide a wide variety of cuisine - breakfasts are typically eaten at your hotel on your own time in the morning before meeting up with the group. Lunches feature everything from elaborate picnics to roadside cafes to sandwiches trailside. Dinners are usually eaten at our hotel's dining room or a local restaurant with plenty of options to choose from. We easily cater to vegetarians, picky kids, and people with particular dietary needs. All our guides have food safety certificates and are well-practiced in the art of food prep and serving while on-the-move. You'll find the meals are a real highlight of your trip!

All Guiding Services

Each trip features two or three incredible guides and our average guest to guide ratio is 6:1. Our guests are often drawn to North America by the beautiful scenic landscapes, promise of wilderness and clean air - and there's no doubt you'll find all that, though what you may not be expecting is to forge real, genuine friendships with your fellow tripmates, including our wonderful guides. They're hands-down the BEST guides you'll ever come across.

Activities

Any activity described in our itinerary, such as hiking, rafting, horseback riding, kayaking and biking, are included in your trip cost. Our itineraries are pretty jam-packed to maximize our time spent exploring in these amazing places, and your guides will make it clear if there are additional activities available (at your expense).

How many people are there on each of our North America trips?

We get a real variety of people on our trips and they all seem to have one thing in common – a love of the outdoors! Our trips can accommodate up to 22 guests, depending on each departure. Our adult-only departures require a minimum age of 16 years and generally feature a mix of singles, couples and friends, and our family departures require a minimum age of 6 years to join (7 years on our Alaska Family Adventure) and are a great way to meet other like-minded families who like to get outside.
Please note child rates apply to children 12 years and under.

Do you charge a forced single supplement if I'm a solo traveller?

We regularly accommodate single guests on our group trips and there’s no forced single supplement if you don’t mind sharing a room (you might even get a room to yourself sometimes). If you prefer not to share a room at all, you can upgrade to a single room.
PLEASE NOTE: If you book within 90 days and you’re a Forced single, you’ll be required to pay for your own room.

If I book a trip with my children, will I be sharing a room with them?

Active Adventures & Austin Adventures family vacations are naturally about spending time with family and as such, most families opt to share rooms on our trips. At time of booking, families consisting of four guests with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at the guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

What if I need a special diet?

We’re accustomed to catering to the following special diets:

  • vegan (no meat or animal products)
  • vegetarian (no meat products)
  • pescatarian (vegetarian, and eat fish)
  • no red meat (eat chicken & fish)
  • no pork (eat chicken & fish)
  • gluten intolerant (no wheat, rye, barley or oats)
  • lactose intolerant (no dairy products)
  • picky kids (send us a list of what your child will eat and we'll make sure to have it!)
You will get the opportunity to specify your particular requirements when you fill in your travel wallet. If you have any other dietary requirements please let us know well in advance, via email or the online travel wallet.

 

How much luggage can I bring on the North America trips?

You'll need one piece of luggage, plus a daypack. Your main piece of luggage can be a soft sided duffel or a suitcase with wheels, and you'll need a good quality 18-24 liter daypack to carry with you throughout the days on the trails.

As far as extra luggage goes, if there's not too much (such as one small extra bag per person) then it shouldn't be a problem to fit it in our luggage trailer during the trip. If you've got more than that, then all major airports have luggage facilities available on a weekly basis, or if you are staying at a pre-trip hotel they may be able to store it for you until you return too.

How much spending money should I bring and where do I get cash?

You'll be able to find a reliable ATM once you arrive to start your trip, within the township or at the airport you land in, as national park ATM locations are sparse at best. Aside from tips for your guides, you could bring $200 and go home with change though some people like to bring some cash to cover a round of drinks, a few souvenirs, and dinner on "night on your own", although you could just as easily use a credit card for these purchases too.

What are your recommended guide gratuity guidelines?

You will have 2-3 guides on your Austin Adventure (depending on group size) and we recommend $15-25 per day, per guest, per guide. Typically, gratuities are offered by check or cash in local currency on the final morning of the trip and can either be given to each guide individually or to one guide to be equally distributed. Most of our guides these days also accept gratuities via Venmo (please note this app does not work in Canada). All dining, housekeeping and activity tips are included in your trip price.

Is there a number to call in an emergency? How can my family, friends or colleagues contact me

Please contact our office using the details below. If the office is unattended (outside of business hours), dial the extension for the emergency line. If no one immediately responds, please leave a message so we can pick it up and return your call as soon as we can.
Free phone 1 800 661 9073
Email: service@austinadventures.com

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Why Travel With Us

benefit group size

Just-right group sizes allow you to get off the beaten path

With an average of 12 guests per departure and an industry-leading 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio, you’ll enjoy a highly personalized experience with the perspective of an insider.

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Award-winning guides lead the way

It’s so much easier to relax and enjoy your adventure when you have fun, caring guides who know the land, are experts in motivation, sweat all the details and whip up incredible meals, too!

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You’ll never need to sweat the details

When we say all inclusive, we mean it! Meals and snacks, activities, lodging, transportation, guiding services and more. Every detail is handled; all you need to do is show up!

benefit safety

Enjoy freedom to push your boundaries – safely

Every aspect of your trip is thoroughly considered for your safety, from highly vetted vendors and well-maintained equipment to extensively trained guides and our seasoned operations team at headquarters.

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Decades of expertise mean you’ll experience only the best

Family travel and North American National Parks are our specialty. We’ve perfected our itineraries and sustained relationships for decades, ensuring you'll experience your destination to the fullest.

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"Wow Moments” take your trip from enjoyable to extraordinary

For us, the extra mile is never extra, it’s part of the way! Count on special touches throughout your trip that will amplify your experience. If we’ve done our job, they’ll have you saying “wow!”