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slickbrudda38
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yellowstone national park-where to stay/ what to see
any recommendations where to stay at and what to see
heard late August/early September best time to visit

should i fly into jackson hole or drive up from Louisiana

any help would be greatly appreciated


CuseTiger
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re: yellowstone national park-where to stay/ what to see
Went a month ago driving through and had a blast trip review here, go to days 4-5. Good news about driving was we were able to bring in what we needed (tent, firewood, sleeping bags, etc) in comparison to flying and staying at a hotel within yellowstone. We tent camped at the bay bridge campground and had a great time, had a campspot in the I loop and it was probably the best loop as loops A-D were wide open and quite busy.

Would recommend going to see the grand canyon of yellowstone, great views. Old faithful is worth it, the website actually tells you when it's going to go off so check the time before heading over. If we had more time we would have liked to fish the lake or streams, not sure if you're interested in that? I'm sure others will be here soon with better suggestions


slickbrudda38
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re: yellowstone national park-where to stay/ what to see
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nctiger71
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re: yellowstone national park-where to stay/ what to see
How long do you plan to be there?

Went last year; first time. There are many post about YS on this board.

The best recommendation I read before our trip was to stay a few nights in one place and a few nights in another. We didn’t do that but now I understand the recommendation.

Stay in one of the Old Faithful hotels/lodges and Roosevelt. One is in the south west corner & one is in the north east.

The road between the Canyon area and Roosevelt maybe closed.

We stayed at the hotel at the lake.

PS: the food is average at best but staying in the park is better than driving in ever day IMO. We did go to West Yellowstone one day for lunch.


baldona
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Plan more time than you expect for both sites and to drive. Very spaced out and driving is pretty slow.

You need to look into lodging and airfare now, its not usually a last minute place but maybe due to Covid?

Staying in the park is nice, but I also like the towns of West Yellowstone and Gardiner. The bear and wolf museum is West Yellowstone is small but I'd recommend it.



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HoustonChick86
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re: yellowstone national park-where to stay/ what to see
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should i fly into jackson hole or drive up from Louisiana

Fly in to Bozeman and enter through West Yellowstone, IMO.


slickbrudda38
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re: yellowstone national park-where to stay/ what to see
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slickbrudda38
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re: yellowstone national park-where to stay/ what to see
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re: yellowstone national park-where to stay/ what to see
lot's of good advice in this thread. I think the biggest factor is having enough time to see and do everything and not be rushed. if you can stay in the park, that's ideal but not a huge deal if it's booked up. it'll just add to your drive time.

We stayed at a hotel in west yellowstone and it was fine, just some more driving.

an absolute must is download the Gypsy app. it's a tour guide in your car, full of good information, and will let you when approaching a "must see" stop.

We flew into Salt Lake and drove the rest of the way. it's a scenic drive but in hindsight, I'd probably fly into Jackson or Bozeman.

Spend 2-3 days in Jackson as well and enjoy the Grand Tetons. While Yellowstone is incredible, the Grand Teton National Park has abundant wildlife(we saw bears, moose, elk, antelope), great hiking and is less crowded than Yellowstone.

if you're a fisherman, consider a fly fishing trip. My one regret is not booking a guide while visiting the area.


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Lima Whiskey
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I would drop down through Paradise Valley, that drive is great.


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baldona
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re: yellowstone national park-where to stay/ what to see
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Fly in to Bozeman and enter through West Yellowstone, IMO.



Imo it would actually be best to fly into one and out of the other, fly into Jackson and out of Bozeman. Best of both worlds, no back tracking and get to see more.


HoustonChick86
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re: yellowstone national park-where to stay/ what to see
That is not a bad idea either. I just love the drive from Bozeman to West Yellowstone. So pretty.


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was just there .... have a friend in Bozeman, so stayed there. But would explore cabins in Paradise Valley. Not far from an entrance and beautiful area without a bunch of people. Same goes with the area between Big Sky and West Yellowstone. Some nice campsites and cabins all over the river.


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Jack_Handy
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re: yellowstone national park-where to stay/ what to see
Most people who visit Yellowstone hit the main attractions, but miss most of what is so special about the park.

August/September is a great time to visit the park. Less crowds and the weather usually is pleasant. The wildlife is usually more visible during this time - beware of bears in September as they have started foraging for their hibernation and are less aware of their surrounds, thus making it more likely you could "surprise" one. We carry bear spray in the backcountry.

If just visiting Yellowstone, fly into Bozeman. It's an easy 1.5 hour drive to the north entrance. We sometimes fly into Jackson and visit that area, then fly out of Bozeman at the end of our trip.

My advice is to stay in one of the border towns. Most of the hotel options in the park are average at best, and the surrounding restaurants are not good. The Old Faithful Inn is an exception - it is so beautiful and iconic that it may warrant a short stay, or at least a visit. My favorite border town is Gardiner, MT. It sits directly at the North Entrance and has some great VRBO options in a beautiful setting. There are numerous good restaurants within walking distance. There are also lots of excursions (rafting, horseback, etc) available in Gardiner. Near Gardiner, on the road to Mammoth Hot Springs, make sure to locate and go to the Boiling River. It's a spot where hot springs flow into the Gardiner River and create an area where the two mix where the water temperature is like a hot tub. You can sit in the river and watch the surrounding elk and bison. Even better if done early in am or near sunset.

We usually plan to get to the popular locations early in the morning to avoid the crowds, then plan to do hiking trips in the afternoon. Getting off the road onto the trails gives you a totally different experience. You see the true beauty of nature and get away from the busloads of tourists. There are several good books listing all the trails and breaking them down by degree of difficulty. The hike to the Mt Washburn lookout tower is one of our favorite. I agree with downloading and using the Gypsy app - helps you know what spots to stop, and what to skip. I've lived in Yellowstone and visited multiple times, but the Gypsy app taught me stuff I never knew.

Make sure to make the drive through the Lamar Valley toward the Northeast entrance and Cooke City. This drive is off the "loop" and provides some of the best wildlife viewing in the park - you will see bison herds, bears, wolves if you're lucky, and bighorn sheep. Eat lunch in Cooke City at the Beartooth Cafe - it's great. Then take a drive past Cooke City up the Beartooth Pass - amazing views of the Beartooth range as you go up through the switchbacks. This road is only open a few months a year because of snow, but will be open in August/September.

If you have enough time, make sure to take a rafting trip, and consider a guided fly-fishing float trip if you're into that. These are great ways to have a good time and see different parts of the park at the same time.

Enjoy your trip - you won't regret it.


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Johnpettigrew
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re: yellowstone national park-where to stay/ what to see
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Fly in to Bozeman and enter through West Yellowstone, IMO.


Wife and I are flying into Bozeman and going in thru Gardiner to spend 2 nights next September in Mammoth. Wife’s request to experience the elk rut.. Is there’s something about the road down to W Yellowstone that makes it a better route into the park?


Lima Whiskey
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I like the Gardiner route better. It’s a more interesting drive.

If you do an image search for Paradise Valley that will give you an idea of what you’ll see.
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bamapoet
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re: yellowstone national park-where to stay/ what to see
Island Park ID, 20 min from the west gate is a great place to stay.


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Cash
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re: yellowstone national park-where to stay/ what to see
Jackson is a great town. I would recommend flying into there and spending a few days there and in Teton. Fly out of either Bozeman or Cody.


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LanierSpots
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Been there twice. Stayed in Big Sky Montana both times. Gives you two placed to explore on one trip.

Staying at the Ski Resort during the summer is great. Not crowded and you can get a great deal on a fantastic place.

Plus, the town of Big Sky has really grown up. We loved it two years ago when we stayed




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