Last Minute Yellowstone Vacations
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nation’s oldest and largest national park abounds with thermal geysers
and hot pots and has some of the most abundant wildlife in the country.
It is a haven for nature lovers - there are mudspots, hotsprings,
fumaroles and over 300 geysers (two thirds the total number on earth!)
You can hike mountains over 5,000m high, then plunge to the flattest of
Some of the park’s most famous spots are easily accessible to the young and old. The backcountry is spectacular for any hiking trips.
One of the only drawbacks to a visit to the park is the crowd. Each
year approximately three million people pass through the entrances!
Yellowston Vacations: Where To Go & What To See
A nice length stay, for a first Yellowstone vacation, is about 4 days.
It takes two LONG days to see most of the major roadside points of
Faithful is always one of the most popular but I think it might be
worth missing because of the overwhelming crowds. The paint pots are
definitely worth it and so are the stops near Norris Junction. If
you’ve got time it’s neat to have a chance to hike down a ways into the
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
The Hayden Valley is the BEST
and my favorite place to go to for wildlife viewing if you have the
time to spend there. Four days allows you to take your time exploring
the roadside attractions and still gives you time to take a short hike
or two along some of the smaller geyser trails.
you only have two days try to pick one or two areas to spend most of
your time and explore them thoroughly. By coupling this with an early
morning or evening drive to spot wildlife you will get more out of your
trip and have more fun than if you try to see the whole park.
you are just driving through the park then stop and see Old Faithful
erupt and then stop at the Fountain Paint Pot Trail and take the short
Best Time for Yellowstone Vacations
people who take Yellowstone vacations each year come during summer.
That’s because everything in the Park is open and family accessible and
the kids are spellbound by all of it. The weather is cool with soft
touches of sunlightm but sometimes there are bouts of hail, snow and
rain up in the mountains.
taken my daughter out of school a couple of times during the fall
because I really do think it’s worth the experience. I like it best
during the "off seasons"--spring, fall and winter. In fact, either
spring or fall are my favorites. Fall is absolutely unique, especially
in the Mammoth area. Native wild animals like elks, black bears and
bison roam freely here - they sometimes cause road blocks!
elk come into the center of lodging areas for their breeding ritual.
The bulls bugle and lock horns in fights in the parking lots. Try to
get a room in one of the cabins at Mammoth Lodge - we love being able
to sit on our porch and watch them fight right in front of us.
Packing for Yellowstone Vacations
- just remember that EVERYTHING in any Yellowstone vacations is really
an outdoors vacation. There’s absolutely no need to bring any nice
clothes. Even the old park lodges are geared towards the casual.
or hiking boots are the one critical piece of footwear in any
Yellowstone vacations. Sandals are discouraged because of the danger of
the heat from the thermal waters. Hats & sunscreen are a must, no matter the season.
are great for the summer but you’ll still need jeans for possible rain
(or even snow in July!). Sweaters and jackets are also essential for
the warmer months.
fall you’ll start wanting the long johns, parkas, and gloves as well.
The winter months are extremely cold, even down to –30. Yellowstone
vacations then is still worth it, especially to see to see the geysers
steam and the game come in, but you’ll want every bit of winter
Yellowstone Vacations: Getting Around
traveling through the park is done in individual cars or on a tour bus.
No matter how much easier it is to ride a bus than handle the traffic
it keeps you from having the liberty to pull over and check out some of
the small geysers.
my mind you definitely need to be on your own, ESPECIALLY if you’re
with your kids. The Hamilton Store in Grant Village matches ones in Old
Faithful, Mammoth, Canyon, and Fishing Bridge. They’ve all got
minigroceries at exorbitant prices, lots of trinkets, T-shirts and souvenirs.
are also the only places you’ll find gas in the Park, but also at steep
prices. If you remember, fill up your car before you go in and bring
all the food you’ll want. Still, you’ve got to get a few souvenirs and
if you’re there you’ll want to stop to get the kids an ice cream cone.
Yellowstone Vacations are really different every day.
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