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San Jose to Yellowstone National Park drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days



San Jose to Yellowstone National Park road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Jose to Yellowstone National Park. If you're planning a road trip to Yellowstone National Park, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in San Jose
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:32 am  Napa
eat at ad hoc
stay for about 2 hours and leave at 1:32 pm
drive for about 3 hours

4:47 pm  Reno
stay overnight at Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
drive for about 2 hours

11:58 am  Black Rock City
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:58 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:38 pm  Winnemucca
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:38 pm
drive for about 2 hours

5:26 pm  Elko
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Elko
drive for about 2.5 hours

12:37 pm  Twin Falls
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:37 pm
drive for about 2 hours

3:38 pm  Blackfoot
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:38 pm
drive for about 3 hours

7:23 pm  arrive at Yellowstone National Park

day 3 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is San Jose, California.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.




How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.




Where should I stop along the way?

Napa  (81 answers)
    Domaine Carneros  (14 mentions)
    Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin' BBQ  (11 mentions)
    Artesa Vineyards & Winery  (9 mentions)
    Napa Valley  (9 mentions)
    Oxbow Public Market  (6 mentions)
    restaurants around Napa:
        ad hoc
        Domaine Chandon
        Redd
        Morimoto
        Pine Ridge Vineyards
    questions about Napa:
        Other foodie things to do besides wine tasting
        Searching for an inexpensive and nice inn in Napa area
        Restaurants in Napa for girls outing?
        Limited time in Napa, help with my itinerary!
        Sightseeing in Napa?
Reno  (31 answers)
    Truckee River  (2 mentions)
    Peppermill Resort Spa Casino  (2 mentions)
    hotels around Reno:
        Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
    questions about Reno:
        What's the best neighborhood in Reno for a first time visitor?
        Dog-friendly hotels in Reno?
Black Rock City  (7 answers)
    questions about Black Rock City:
        Why Do You Go Back to Burning Man?
Winnemucca  (4 answers)
Elko  (5 answers)
Twin Falls  (4 answers)
Blackfoot




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Yellowstone National Park.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.




What are some things to do in Yellowstone National Park?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Yellowstone National Park. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Janice Rackovan from asked:
Walking with difficulty. What can I do while family hikes?  (6 answers)

 Steven Bouthot from asked:
Bucket- List road trip  (3 answers)

 Kim Brockhurst from asked:
Stop off driving between Yellowston and Yosemite  (2 answers)

 Blair Marsden from Tigard, Oregon asked:
What to do with one day at Yellowstone?  (2 answers)

 Chris Kramer from New York City asked:
Need help with Yellowstone itinerary for family of 4  (2 answers)

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Yellowstone National Park to San Jose drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from San Jose to Yellowstone National Park. Or get a full San Jose to Yellowstone National Park flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know San Jose well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about San Jose!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,018 miles
driving time of 16 hours, 38 minutes
Yellowstone National Park is 1 hour ahead of San Jose
37 San Jose travel answers
81 Napa travel answers
31 Reno travel answers
7 Black Rock City travel answers
4 Winnemucca travel answers
5 Elko travel answers
4 Twin Falls travel answers
88 Yellowstone National Park travel answers





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