Before we get into specifics… be sure the check out The National Park Service’s “Planning Your Trip” page. It’s packed with useful tips. You can also get lots of info on travel and lodging in West Yellowstone on the Destination Yellowstone website.
If you plan to fly West Yellowstone Airport, Bozeman International Airport, and Jackson Hole Airport are your best options. West Yellowstone Airport will take you directly the host town. However flight availability will be limited. Both Jackson Hole and Bozeman require driving time to West Yellowstone, but you may have less trouble finding flights that fit your travel needs.
If you can do West Yellowstone (WYS), it will definitely be the most convenient option. The airport has several car rental agencies on site, so transportation to and from the airport is absolutely no problem, even if your lodging isn’t in the immediate vicinity.
If you fly to Bozeman (BZN), it’s a little less than a two hour drive to West Yellowstone (via Gallatin Road), but you can rent a car on site.
Jackson Hole (JAC) is a two and a half hour drive to West Yellowstone. You’ll drive through Jackson, WY, cross the state border to Driggs, MT, and connect with Route 20 to West Yellowstone. They also offer on site car rentals.
Driving is a little trickier, since no interstates go through West Yellowstone.
From the west coast:
If you’re driving from the west coast, you’ll want to take I-80 or I-84 going east. You’ll then connect with I-15, heading north to Route 20.
From the southwest:
Connect with I-15 and head north to Route 20.
From the east:
There are two general routes you can take from the eastern U.S., depending on where you start from. You can take I-90 west to Gallatin Road. Take Gallatin Road south, right to West Yellowstone.
You can also take I-80 west and connect with Route 287 which will take you to West Yellowstone through extremely scenic Grand Teton National Park. There are probably faster ways to get to Yellowstone, but this is for sure the prettiest option.
You can find the perfect lodging in town for you and your party on the Destination Yellowstone website.
We'll have partner restaurants once we get closer to race weekend!