Why should I drive through Eastern Idaho?
Instead of driving through Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks (say you've already been or are planning to visit the park from West Yellowstone), the Eastern Idaho Tour offers a less busy and surprisingly beautiful drive between Jackson and West Yellowstone. Here are some of the highlights along the way:
- Huckleberry Milkshake: On your way through Victor, stop and grab a famous huckleberry milkshake a the Victor Emporium.
- Teton Valley: If you stick around in Teton Valley you'll find tons to do from scenic rides on the Targhee chairlift to floating Teton River to numerous hiking trails.
- Mesa Falls Scenic Byway: The Mesa Falls Byway takes about the same amount of time as driving through Ashton and around so there is no reason not to drive it. You don't want to miss out on these spectacular waterfalls!
- Harriman State Park: Hiking trails, horseback riding, and fishing ... all in one great spot.
- Big Springs: The kids will love feeding the fish at Big Springs.
Where does the Eastern Idaho Tour begin and end?
Starting in Jackson Wyoming, head west over Teton Pass (WY-22 turns into ID-33 in Victor). North of Tetonia, turn right onto ID-32 and continue north to Ashton. Just before entering the town of Ashton, turn right onto ID-47/Mesa Falls Scenic Byway. The Mesa Falls Road will dump you out near Harriman State Park, just south of Island Park. Turn right onto US-20 and head north through Island Park and on to West Yellowstone. The tour ends (and many others begin) in West Yellowstone.
How long does it take to drive?
If you drive straight through from Jackson to West Yellowstone it will take you just under 3 hours. But if you plan to stop along the way and see the sights, you might want to factor in at least an extra couple of hours or even an overnight.