You can depart from Seattle on Monday evening, cover 80% of Yellowstone National Park, with Grand Teton National Park thrown in for good measure, and be back in time for Thursday morning’s meeting with 12 hours to spare. We are seriously skilled at road trips.
We hit all the major highlights of Yellowstone: Norris Geyser Basin, Upper Falls, Fountain Paint Pots, and of course, Old Faithful. I napped on a blanket by the side of the river while Brock stalked osprey and trout with the camera. We saw bison as well as many herds of elk.
Total trip time: 49 hours, 13 min
Driving time: 30 hours, 43 min
Distance traveled: 1775 miles
Average speed: 58 mph
Fuel efficiency: 27 mpg
Our biggest expense other than fuel? The $9 shower. Extravagant, yes. But well worth it.