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Yosemite National Park to Boulder drive

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Yosemite National Park to Boulder road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Yosemite National Park to Boulder. If you're planning a road trip to Boulder, 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 at Yosemite National Park
drive for about 2.5 hours

12:38 pm  Tonopah
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:38 pm
drive for about 3 hours

4:44 pm  Ely (Nevada)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Ely (Nevada)
drive for about 3 hours

12:50 pm  Fillmore
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:50 pm
drive for about 3 hours

4:54 pm  Arches National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 6 hours

 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Arches National Park
drive for about 2 hours

12:14 pm  Grand Junction
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:14 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

3:35 pm  Vail
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:35 pm
drive for about 2 hours

6:40 pm  arrive in Boulder
eat at Frasca Food and Wine

day 3 driving ≈ 6.5 hours

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Enter a city to drive through on the way from Yosemite National Park to Boulder.

Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Yosemite National Park.

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?

Ely (Nevada)
Arches National Park  (32 mentions)
Grand Junction  (13 answers)
Vail  (52 answers)
    restaurants around Vail:
        Minturn Saloon
    questions about Vail:
        Outlet for ski clothing?
        Summer Restaurants in Vail

Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Boulder, Colorado.

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

Where's the best place to eat in Boulder?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Frasca Food and Wine, which was mentioned 8 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Pearl Street Mall  (7 mentions)
The Mediterranean  (7 mentions)
Jax Fish House Boulder  (4 mentions)
Illegal Pete's  (3 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Boulder? Click the blue button below.

What are some things to do in Boulder?

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

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Chautauqua Park  (5 mentions)
Eldorado Canyon  (2 mentions)
Avery Brewing Company  (2 mentions)
Celestial Seasonings  (2 mentions)

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 Boulder. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Liv Strauss from Cape Cod asked:
Where to dine apr├Ęs-ski???  (7 answers)

 Debbie Lee from San Francisco asked:
Fun solo adventures in Boulder?  (7 answers)

 Kyle Krueger from Chicago asked:
Local, non-touristy gems in Boulder?  (6 answers)

 Kenneth Bloom from Portland asked:
Best Mexican food in Boulder?  (4 answers)

 Casey Voisin from Mount Pleasant, Michigan asked:
Early March Weather in Boulder?  (4 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Boulder.

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 Boulder to Yosemite National Park 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 Yosemite National Park to Boulder. Or get a full Yosemite National Park to Boulder 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 Yosemite National Park well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Yosemite National Park!

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,020 miles
driving time of 16 hours, 59 minutes
Boulder is 1 hour ahead of Yosemite National Park
95 Yosemite National Park travel answers
13 Grand Junction travel answers
52 Vail travel answers
34 Boulder travel answers

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