Hi me and my Husband are starting to plan a trip for the last 2 weeks of July and 1st week of August from the UK to include Yellowstone. We tried to do this last year and got some great advice but unfortunately my husband could not get the time off work that was needed, however this year we have managed to get 3 weeks. I have started to look at a very early plan:
Rapid City (or that area)
Yellowstone Park - Looking at 4 or 5 nights.
Fly home from Denver
We would love to try and fit in Arches National park etc.. but not sure if that is going to be possible?
This is only a loose first draft plan, would anyone recommend a different route or flying to a different area to start the trip, I was debating flying to Rapid City to start from there?
Thank you for your help in advance.
Hi, folks. I was looking for a "special" family vacation this year. I visited Yellowstone solo about 5 years ago and I managed to hit the major highlights in two days, but I really want to go back for a much more leisure visit...so right now it's our most likely choice.
The only issue - the summer is shaping up that the visit would have to be in early to mid-July. The commentary I've found so far on crowds is mixed. Some say can still leave the crowds behind quickly via hiking, which is great, but others seem to argue it's brutal...
Right now, I would plan on staying in West Yellowstone, and we'd be there 5 full days. I think we can be fairly relaxed and still see it all with that much time. I figure the big ticket sights (i.e. Old Faithful) can be done early in the morning, and then fill the day with other short hikes. I still have modestly young kids (6&8), so long back country stuff really isn't on the table for me.
Still, the question nags - am I setting myself up for a disaster of a trip with crowds? For example, my recollection of some of the parking lots (i.e. at the Artist Paint Pots) was that during peak times it must be impossible to find a spot. But maybe my memory is failing me :) ? Interested in what my fellow travelers think.
We are planning a trip to Yellowstone as part of a trip to the USA from Australia in August 2014.
Prior to this we will be in San Francisco, and my research shows its probably best to fly via Salt Lake City to Cody. Does anyone have any other suggestions?
Would also like recommendations on places to stay in Yellowstone?
After this we will be heading to New York City, so not sure if we'd depart the same way we came, or if its better from another airport?
Would love some on the ground info from people who have been or live nearby?
Hello all...great forum. As we are arriving at Yellowstone in mid-Sept. and not roughing it too badly (camping cabin at the West Yellowstone KOA), curious: the weather looks pretty chilly. Should we expect sub freezing nights?
We are unable to get lodging for our last minute Sept. trip to Yellowstone. We would like to stay then outside the park but make at least two trips into the park (driving, attractions tours). We are looking for recommended locations that are reasonable in distance. Thanks in advance.
We are traveling from florida in a 36 foot (gas) rv & pulling a 20 foot enclosed trailer,what is the fastest and least steep way out there?
My husband, two children and I will be staying at Old Faithful Inn on May 24, 25, 26, and 27 of next year (2014). This will be the first leg of a vacation that will end on June 3. We hope to see YNP as well as GTNP. Would anyone care to suggest an itinerary for us? Our kids will be 7 and 13.
There are lots of clips online and the travel pages here, of course, but I wondered if there was a good promotional feature-length video or similar that I could download, buy or send-for?
I am planning way-ahead but although I am really keen, my wife hasn't yet caught my bug - although she is willing to go with me.
I'd like to fire her enthusiasm a bit - her hesitant stance is only because (as she admits) of not really knowing much about the area.
I have looked-around but although there are plenty of books, I thought that a video would be the thing to really display it all to her.
Planning a trip for next Summer. I will be flying into Jackson Hole. As I don't drive, can someone provide suggestions on doing the double loop in Yellowstone? Most tour operators only do the lower loop in Jackson. I think doing just the lower loop plus GT does not do the parks justice.
Note, I will be likely booking with an outfit that specializes in wildlife.
Hi there on a driving holiday from Spokane to Yellowstone to Badlands then on to Arches , so far we have booked a motel in West Yellowstone mid July, want to see the geysers (Old Faithful etc) maybe buffalo as well as the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, in order to do all this we have the day. If heading to Rapid City what town would be the closest upon exiting the Park so that we could stay a night in that particular town and venture back into the Park to see more sights before finally heading on to Rapid City, as all hotels in the Park are booked for the additional night needed to have a look around. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
We are looking to see the west; Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Black Hills, etc. traveling by train from Chicago to AZ?. Looking for all comments. Should we rent a car in Arizona, drive north and say return from Colorado or vice versa? As we have traveled a bit though, don't know the western US at all, any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated. I have heard of a monument being built by the Indians, is it finished, where is it? Any other sights one should see?
Thanks in advance,
Years ago we used an audio driving tour on a cassette tape when we visited Yellowstone National Park. You kept your speed to about 30 mph and it described what you were seeing and included stops for getting out of the car and walking to Yellowstone attractions. Does anyone know if there is something similar on a CD and you could use in your car?
I was thinking to go to Yellowstone in my vacations, but I don´t know what visit first, any recomendation?
I also want to go America because a friend of mine tell me that I can buy Blankets, Throws with a nice design and compleately ecological, but I don´t remember the name of the firm it begin with "E".... I think
this is my first trip to yellowstone, have about 7-8 days available, does anyone know of a good info source for a personal guide that could help plan out the things our family would most like to do out there
Please could you let me know how my parents will travel from Grand Teton to Yellowstone on the 3rd May?
I have booked them a trip but understand the roads are not due to open in the South entrance until the 10th May.
Is this correct? If so, what's the alternative?
I am planning a Road trip from Houston, TX to YNP, not sure if there is a good rount for a 2 families with 2 kids to go?
Things good for both kids and seniors?
Can we keep a Saturday night, 5:00PM reservation for dinner at Lake Hotel if we start at Grant Village in the AM and travel the loop clockwise to Lake Village by late afternoon. Main objective will be thermal features. We won't need to stop at the Canyon. Is it reasonable?
Hi, I would like to make a 1 week trip to Yellowstone NP and nearby surroundings. I would be with my wife and 6 month old son and planning to do this in May/Jun/Jul/Aug
Considering that I will be traveling from NJ, can someone suggest how best can I spend my time and cover most places. I also like driving and love photography and would like to cover some scenic byways.
Some other specific questions: 1. I may be asking too much, but does someone happen to have a day wise itinerary suggestion of how to spend each of these 7-8 days in Yellowstone and Grand Teton
2. From the following months - May/Jun/Jul/Aug , what time of the year am I more likely to get cheaper rates and/or lesser crowd?
3. I am even thinking of combining this as a Road trip i.e. fly from New Jersey to Denver, then drive to Yellowstone, through some scenic routes, and then spend time in Yellowstone/Grand Teton, before taking a return flight from some airport near to these NP. Feasible/Farfetched, any thoughts ?
I am interested in taking my wife and (then) 6 months old son to the Yellowstone National Park sometime this summer (probably in June end). Please help me chalk out a plan for it. I believe flying from Buffalo to Jackson Hole would be the air travel and then we will have to hire a car. Would June end be a good time to see the flora and fauna and how would the weather be at that time? If we are planning to reach the park from Jackson Hole, what would be a good (clean and reasonably cheap) place to stay? Is accommodation available near the park or do we need to stay a few miles away and make day trips. Btw...I am planning for a 4-5 day trip. Would this be enough to see the park? Or too long or too short?
Thanks in advance for your advices.
We are hoping to visit yellow stone nat'l park this July. We will be traveling with a travel trailer and would like to know the names of a few campgrounds that we can stay at while we explore yellow stone. Thanks Andrew
Me and my Husband will be visiting Yellowstone in late July/early August and looking to spend 4 nights at Yellowstone before heading on to Jackson. In terms of hotels in the Park I have seen from research that it is best to say in different parts of the park rather than have a base due to the travel distances. Could anyone recommend any hotels to stay in and which areas we should concentrate on with the small amount of time we have. I have also read the crowds can be quite large this time of year but we are restricted to my Husbands shutdown holidays at work so we are hoping to get up early to try and beat some of the crowds.
Thank you for any advice.
Me and My Husband will be travelling from the UK for just over 2 weeks to travel around and to see Yellowstone NP. We have a draft route planned:
Denver x 2 Nights
Lusk - x 1 Night
Rapid City x 3 Nights
Sheridan x 1 Night
Cody x 1 Night
Yellowstone x 3 Nights
Jackson x 2 Nights
Lander x 1 Night
Estes Park x 2 Nights
Colorado Springs x 1 Night
I am really looking forward to the Black Hills area and Yellowstone. If anyone has any better alternative routes you would recommened or places or scenic driving routes I would be very grateful to hear about them. Also do you think 3 nights in Yellowstone is enough? One final thing where would be the better place to stay in the Black Hills area Rapid City, Custer, Keystone?
Thank you as always for any help.
Could anyone tell me the most scenic drive (want to avoid freeways where possible) to the border from Calgery and also the best border crossing? Also, be grateful for any receommendations about where to stay about two hours from Calgery towards the border or, possibly, two and a half hours.
I need some advice on the above trip. I have booked three nights in West Yellowstone but will have two nights on my way there. Does anyone know of any attractive small towns/places to stop en route between Calgery and Yellowstone and what is the best route to take? Similarly, coming back I don't really want to do the same route so is there an alternative, once more with two nights? Staying in West Yellowstone but would like to do the Glacier Sun Road and also Grand Tetons - can I fit it all in?
PS Travelling late May/early June.
There are so many things to see and do in Yellowstone! If I have only 3 days available to tour by car, what are the sites that I shouldn't miss?
We are unable to get a campsite for our 38' RV in mid September in Yellowstone Park. They are totally filled, even the no-hookup sites. We are hoping to camp at Colter Bay in Grand Teton Park for a few days instead. Is it possible to make the daily drive up to Yellowstone to see its sites? Are we crazy to try this? Can anyone suggest an alternate place to camp & see Yellowstone's sites?
THanks for any advice you can offer.
Will be taking an RV to Yellowstone with a stop at Mt Rushmore. What is the best route from SW Michigan? Also, looking for an RV park near there that takes 40' RV's. What else is there to look at on the way?
There's a 60% chance of snow this Saturday May 5, 2012. Is this highway snow plowed or should I bring along snow tire chain?
Hi,I live in England, near to Gatwick and Heathrow airports.
Can anyone advise where I should fly from and to for a trip to yellowstone park, I can't seem to see anyone that flys direct from the uk.
Any help will be great
We will be arriving at our rv park approx noon on Friday. I was wondering what are the best routes to take to see the park Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday. We were going to stay until Tues morning and go down to Jackson Hole. We need to head home by Thursday morning. Now we are thinking of seeing Yellowstone for 2-1/4 days and go to Jackson on Monday so we have more time in Jackson. Can it be done?