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    • driving from san francisco to Yellowstone

      by Havachatz Online Now Apr 6, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      We'll be driving from san francisco to Yellowstone NP where we'll only be staying for 2 days then drive out to utah. Could you suggest the best place that would also be achievable to get to inour short space of time. We will be driving

      4 Answers Apr 13, 2014 at 6:31 AM
    • September weather, when to book for sept 2015

      by Ibarium Online Now Apr 4, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      We are planning a ynp visit next September. My wife is concerned about it being too cold if we go to late. I am concerned the colors will not b out if we go to early. Also when can I book lodging for sept 2015?

      4 Answers Apr 13, 2014 at 6:38 AM
    • Vacation idea: Yellowstone/Badlands/Black Hill/Crow Fair

      by manasurveys Online Now Mar 22, 2014 at 11:20 PM

      Dear all,
      I hope you can help me with my quest!
      My elder parents are visiting me from Europe and we would love to go and see the wonders of Native American lands and landscapes.
      We are looking for tour operators that offer fully escorted tours of
      black hills
      (Mt Rushmore would be great to see if possible)
      and if possible, it would be awesome to see the Crow Fair Parade in August.
      All the tours I saw are either drive by yourself or on chinese buses (I have experience with them and they rush you all the way and don't let you enjoy more than 1 hour in each place).
      It would be amazing if we could lodge in a cabin in Yellowstone for a more relaxing take on the tour.
      We would stay about 7 maximum 8 days, leaving from New York probably in August or September.
      Do you know of any reputable company or tour that treats this route? Is it so unusual? I havn't been able to find anything including the above mentioned.
      Thanks for any help you will give me!

      6 Answers Mar 25, 2014 at 7:13 AM
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      Road Trip Including Yellowstone

      by Oneill2905 Online Now Jan 1, 2014 at 8:01 AM

      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.
      Estes Park
      Colarado Springs
      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.

      21 Answers Jan 3, 2014 at 8:47 AM
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      Sorry, another crowds question

      by PinkFloydActuary Online Now Dec 22, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      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 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.


      6 Answers Feb 3, 2014 at 12:20 PM
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      Ideas for Yellowstone

      by MissMaryMac Online Now Oct 7, 2013 at 1:35 AM

      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?

      6 Answers Oct 19, 2013 at 9:01 AM
    • September weather

      by Yoopernet Online Now Aug 11, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      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?

      6 Answers Aug 12, 2013 at 12:18 PM
    • Lodging while visiting Yellowston

      by Yoopernet Online Now Aug 8, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      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.

      8 Answers Aug 9, 2013 at 6:05 AM
    • florida to yellowstone in rv

      by surfone Online Now Jul 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      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?

      4 Answers Jul 18, 2013 at 12:33 PM
    • Suggest an itinerary

      by momtozoe43 Online Now Jul 13, 2013 at 8:12 PM

      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.

      4 Answers Jul 14, 2013 at 1:24 PM
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      Good promotional videos?

      by tango_jd Online Now Jul 2, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      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.

      3 Answers Jul 3, 2013 at 6:20 AM
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      Yellowstone and Grand Teton Itinerary

      by roamer61 Online Now Jun 30, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      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.

      6 Answers Jul 2, 2013 at 12:02 PM
    • Where to stay upon exiting the park heading to Rapid City

      by fenchie3663 Online Now Jun 23, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      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.



      4 Answers Jun 26, 2013 at 8:29 PM
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      Best way to see Yellowstone, Grand Caynon, Black Hills, traveling by train from Chicago to AZ?.

      by charlesracine Online Now Jun 10, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      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,

      6 Answers Jun 11, 2013 at 9:18 AM
    • Audio Driving Tour

      by PCruzer Online Now May 29, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      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?

      1 Answer May 29, 2013 at 9:40 AM
    • Where...?

      by Paundre Online Now May 10, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      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

      1 Answer Jun 25, 2013 at 10:10 AM
    • where to start

      by bassmaster Online Now May 1, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      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

      4 Answers Jun 25, 2013 at 10:10 AM
    • Road closures

      by Brimmers Online Now Apr 28, 2013 at 11:50 PM


      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?


      Stephanie Brimacombe

      7 Answers Apr 29, 2013 at 12:54 PM
    • Any one has a good plan from Houston, TX, to Yellowstone NP?

      by Rosemaryfromhouston Online Now Apr 18, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      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?

      6 Answers Apr 23, 2013 at 10:06 AM
    • West Thumb to Lake Hotel by 5:00PM?

      by tcnordquist Online Now Apr 14, 2013 at 8:28 AM

      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?

      6 Answers Apr 16, 2013 at 8:00 AM
    • Yellowstone from NJ - Best Time and Travel Route

      by manishbit76 Online Now Mar 7, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      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 ?

      Thanks, Manish

      32 Answers Jun 17, 2013 at 11:32 AM
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      How about June end?

      by travellingtechie Online Now Feb 13, 2013 at 7:57 AM

      Hi All!

      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.

      Happy travelling!


      9 Answers Mar 7, 2013 at 2:11 PM
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      traveling to yellowstone with a travel trailer

      by andrew.t Online Now Jan 5, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      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

      6 Answers Mar 7, 2013 at 10:50 AM
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      Yellowstone Visit

      by Oneill2905 Online Now Dec 30, 2012 at 12:04 PM


      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.


      12 Answers Jan 10, 2013 at 6:22 PM
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      Yellowstone Road Trip

      by Oneill2905 Online Now Dec 30, 2012 at 3:15 AM


      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
      Denver Home.

      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.


      9 Answers Feb 6, 2013 at 8:57 PM
    • Best border crossing for Yellowstone arriving from Calgery and most scenic drive

      by pbdancing Online Now Dec 29, 2012 at 9:44 AM


      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.

      Many thanks.

      2 Answers Dec 29, 2012 at 1:41 PM
    • Calgery to Yellowstone and Back in 8 days

      by pbdancing Online Now Nov 25, 2012 at 8:29 AM

      Hi All,

      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.

      7 Answers Dec 3, 2012 at 8:33 AM
    • Top sites to see in Yellowstone

      by maryhowe Online Now Aug 16, 2012 at 6:54 PM

      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?


      3 Answers Sep 2, 2012 at 1:16 PM
    • Yellowstone visited from Grand Teton campground

      by maryhowe Online Now Aug 16, 2012 at 6:49 PM

      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.

      4 Answers Sep 2, 2012 at 12:58 PM
    • Best route from West Michigan to Mt. Rushmore to Yellowstone

      by howie60 Online Now May 27, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      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?

      3 Answers Feb 28, 2013 at 6:58 PM