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    • driving from Michigan, where to stay and how to get around the Park

      by akshatgupta2001 Online Now Apr 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM

      hi All, my wife and I (age 30), no kids plan to drive from MI to Yellowstone/Teton.
      1- are there any quick places we should hit in our road trip. our plan is to spend 5 - 6 days in and around Yellowstone and 4 - 5 days of driving.
      2- Pls tell if it is ok to stay put at one place(jackson, code or west entrance(how about a KOA)) or any room/lodge in the Park would be best ?
      3- Or I should book stay at different places and keep moving ? I have a tent too but does it need a lot of measures and prep to camp in yellowstone ?
      4- What are the 'must-do's and 'must-see's in yellowston/teton or the places nearby in 5 days.
      as we are driving a long way, want to make the most out of our trip. any special clothing/wear/gear to bring except normal summer wear/hiking shoes etc.


    • driving from Michigan, where to stay and how to get around the Park

      by akshatgupta2001 Online Now Apr 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM

      hi All, my wife and I (age 30), no kids plan to drive from MI to Yellowstone/Teton.
      1- are there any quick places we should hit in our road trip. our plan is to spend 5 - 6 days in and around Yellowstone and 4 - 5 days of driving.
      2- Pls tell if it is ok to stay put at one place(jackson, code or west entrance(how about a KOA)) or any room/lodge in the Park would be best ?
      3- Or I should book stay at different places and keep moving ? I have a tent too but does it need a lot of measures and prep to camp in yellowstone ?
      4- What are the 'must-do's and 'must-see's in yellowston/teton or the places nearby in 5 days.
      as we are driving a long way, want to make the most out of our trip. any special clothing/wear/gear to bring except normal summer wear/hiking shoes etc.


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    • Transportation inside YellowstoneNP

      by Rhilva Online Now Mar 24, 2015 at 7:34 AM

      Does YellowstoneNP provide transportation from site to site (shuttle bus, etc)? We will be staying in a 29.5 ft RV and don't want to disconnect and maneuver it around the park each day.

      5 Answers Mar 26, 2015 at 8:58 AM
    • Driving from Calgary to Yellowstone on to Zion

      by Hicks27 Online Now Mar 2, 2015 at 1:06 PM

      Wanted some advice about driving from Calgary to Yellowstone and on to Mount Rushmore and Zion national parks, looking at taking a two and a half road trip in end of may beginning of June.

      5 Answers Mar 6, 2015 at 1:46 PM
    • itinary review requested:)

      by ChantaleC Online Now Feb 18, 2015 at 4:55 PM

      hello we are planning a road trip at the end of july 2015 and we would liek to have other travellers input on our itinary if that could be possible. it would be from uly 26 to july 30th...

      our itinary so far would be:

      day 1: SLC- Bonnevile salt flats + visit of SLC (seriously in need of cues and tips about this one as we did not find a lot of information about what to do in SLC for fun yet)
      day 2= leave extra early from SLC to grand teton NP, through soda spring Idaho and Jackson wyoming (probably a stop in Jackson for lunch), then drive to mormon row, jenny's lake surrounding or the likes to visit as much as possible during this day. Is signal mountain drive up the hill for the view is worth the time to go there?... probably camping in signal mountain campground but as no reservation is possible we will have to rely on luck for this one.
      day3=signal mountain campground (hopefully) to canyon village Yellowstone. We are planning on leaving extra early in the morning and to see attractions in YNP's south loop such as grand faithfull, rainbow lake and the likes, then canyon village campground for the night.
      day 4= visit of the yellowstone falls and canyon then off to billings montana through cody wyoming ( stop there for lunch and visit the old row town.
      day 5= leaving billings to home.

      question are: should we allow more time at one or other step of this trip? do we miss something very un-missable and is it doable in this time frame? every tips, comments or precisions are welcomed

      6 Answers Feb 22, 2015 at 8:55 AM
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      Looking to plan a short weekend visiting Yellowstone... is it possible?

      by alexloves2travel Online Now Jan 26, 2015 at 5:48 PM

      We are looking to visit Yellowstone but only have limited availability such as a 4day/3 night stay during early March or early April..... would this be possible or not enough time to see/ do enough? If possible are there any suggestions on inexpensive/ centrally located hotels you would recommend? All input is appreciated, Thank you!

      14 Answers Mar 8, 2015 at 12:30 AM
    • What to see at Yellowstone and Grand Teton N.P.?

      by padvcd080974 Online Now Jan 20, 2015 at 10:20 AM

      My wife and I and our six year old granddaughter will be visiting both Yellowstone and Grand Teton N.P. the end of July. I want to thank all of the folks who sent me tips on packing for this trip.
      My next question deals with what to see and how to do it. We know virtually nothing about the parks other than they are gorgeous. Our trip will be seven (7) days; however, two of those will be travel days to and from San Diego. Essentially, we will have five (5) full days. We were wondering how best to divide these five days. Are there guided tours? We would prefer these as we don't want to wander around wasting a lot of time especially since we do not know where we are going. If there are Guided Tours, what approximately will the fees be? Our plan is to hopefully take a guided tour in each of the parks for a full day each, or perhaps three of the five days. We would then have two extra days to revisit some of the areas. Does this sound like a good plan? We would welcome any or all suggestions as to which Guided Tours to take and what places we should not miss and how to access them. We will have a rental car; however, I would prefer not to use it unless it was for revisit purposes. Thanks.

      8 Answers Jan 24, 2015 at 9:59 AM
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      Three days itenary and some logistic questions

      by TatyanaA Online Now Jan 19, 2015 at 10:22 PM

      We'll be coming to Yellowstone for three days in end of May, and already booked one night in Great Teton and two - in Western Yellowstone.
      Usually we rent a small car - for two it's enough, and easier to park (we'll be coming from SF through LA and then some national parks like Great Canyon, Bryce, Antelope. So will the small car (not 4x4) be enough?
      Can you also give me some tips about the itenary.
      I'm thinking about one day near lake and east part, then one day - Old Faithful and around. What else?

      17 Answers Jan 27, 2015 at 4:28 PM
    • What to pack?

      by padvcd080974 Online Now Jan 19, 2015 at 12:17 PM

      My wife, granddaughter, and I will be visiting Yellow Stone NP and Grand Teton NP the end of July and the beginning of August. We were wondering about what to pack and whether we need to bring bug repellent.

      12 Answers Jan 22, 2015 at 5:34 PM
    • Transportation inside Yellowstone National Park

      by Rita310767 Online Now Jan 5, 2015 at 8:35 AM

      If I take my RV/camper to Yellowstone, how do I get around inside Yellowstone? Does the Lake Hotel pick up at the different campsites for its day tours?

      4 Answers Jan 5, 2015 at 1:11 PM
    • Drive through Yellowstone.

      by Anjulis Online Now Dec 29, 2014 at 6:21 PM

      We would like to go on a trip in Yellowstone NP area in August for a week or 9 days. Ideally, we will fly into something like Jackson Hole (or wherever I can get cheaper tickets), rent a car, drive through Teton into Yellowstone. We want to stay in a tent, ideally every night in a different place. What would be the best route/best campgrounds to stay? We want to do some nice hiking, see big bears and everything else.
      Is it possible to drive in one direction only, departing from another airport?

      7 Answers Jan 1, 2015 at 5:28 AM
    • Beartooth/Chief Joseph instead of Upper loop of Yellowstone

      by abhisheks77 Online Now Aug 22, 2014 at 12:15 AM

      I will be visiting Yellowstone in a week time. As per few previous posts, it seems like Mammoth Springs and Tower Falls are not as impressive as they used to be. And these are the major spots on upper loop. Is it recommended to give that day to Beartooth & Chief Joseph instead of Upper Loop of Yellowstone ? Or any other suggestions ? We are not into hiking and mostly interested in scenic and photographic places.
      If yes, how should I plan it. I will be staying at Canyon Campground. Can I take some loop instead of backtrack same route ?

      12 Answers Aug 25, 2014 at 9:32 AM
    • Travel to Yellowstone

      by jhalendra Online Now Jul 21, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      Hi, I would like to travel from Calgary, Canada. I have only 3 days. Is it possible to see important places in Yellowstone? I have only one full second day to travel..

      Jhalendra Shrestha, Calgary AB

      5 Answers Jul 29, 2014 at 7:04 AM
    • RV trip summer 2015

      by Roadtrip2015 Online Now Jul 9, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      Planning a trip to Yellowstone national park next year in an RV from NYC....I have 3 weeks...need to know the best sites to visit between NYC and YSNP.....Also planning on KOA sites in between

      4 Answers Jul 10, 2014 at 5:35 AM
    • How frightening are the roads?

      by patticonrad Online Now Jun 18, 2014 at 8:02 AM

      How frightening are the roads for those of us afraid of heights and bridges???

      5 Answers Jun 19, 2014 at 6:47 AM
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      What is the exact location of Yellowston national park?

      by niklee Online Now Jun 5, 2014 at 5:52 AM

      I am looking farword some information about the exact location of Yellowston national park

      3 Answers Jun 5, 2014 at 2:45 PM
    • Need help with the Itineraty

      by aatiman Online Now Jun 3, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      Hi all

      I am going to Yellowstone national park for the first time. I am flying into Billings, MT. We are family of 4 (2 Adults, a 7 year old and a 11 month old baby). We are going for 5 days excluding the flying time. Can someone help me build my itinerary and suggest places to stay, eat/


      13 Answers Jun 5, 2014 at 3:03 PM
    • Where to Eat

      by Milvia Online Now Jun 2, 2014 at 6:53 AM

      Hi, My family (7 people) and I will be in Yellowstone near western entrance next week and I am wondering if anyone can recommend a picturesque place to have lunch?

      1 Answer Jun 2, 2014 at 8:12 AM
    • Help needed in itinerary for YNP and GTNP

      by abhisheks77 Online Now May 27, 2014 at 12:10 PM


      I will be flying into Salt Lake City and will visit Yellowstone, Grand Teton and a side trip to Beartooth Hwy. I need some suggestions from experienced travellers here which can help me to put things in correct and more efficient way. I have not booked my campgrounds yet, so I am completely flexible to change itinerary if places and loops can be placed in better way. Campgrounds are still available. This is for August. This is comprises of Yellowstone and Grand Teton forums. Here it, what I think.

      Day-1 Reach SLC in evening, pick car and leave SLC at 7 PM. After 230 miles, stay at campsite at Wolf Den, Thayne. This will be via 15-30-34. Only reason to stay here is, it is close to Jackson and have shower facility. 23 $ for 3 people. I am open to get suggestion to change, if something better option then this.

      Day-2 Leave Thyne towards Jackson in morning. Camping overnight at Teton Range Resort (Highway 26/287 Moran, WY 83013). I wanted to stay near Yellowstone entrance, but all campgrounds are first come-first serve and I am not willing to take any chance. Any more suggestions on this ?
      OR ELSE, after spending whole day in Grand Teton, I can enter South Entrance of Yellowstone and camp at Grant Village).

      Day-3 Leave camp site in morning and head to Yellowstone from South Entrance, West Thumb, Old Faithful, Lower Geyser, Canyon Campground. If still time left, visit Hayden Valley. Setup tent at Canyon Campground.

      Day-4 Camp will remain at Canyon Campground, leave in morning for Cooke City, Beartooth Hwy Pass, Red Lodge (lunch at Red Lodge), 120, 296, 212 and back to Canyon Campground. If this is too ambitious, I can cut down Red Lodge. also, I will not got all the way to Cody, will turn to 296, 212 and come back.

      Day-5 Camp will remain at Canyon Campground leave in morning for Tower Fall, Mammoth Hot Springs, Norris Geyser Basin, back to base at Canyon Campground.

      Day-6 Packup and leave for Salt Lake city. Flight in evening.

      Any suggestions or recommendations to make it more perfect will be appreciated.

      14 Answers Jun 13, 2014 at 8:39 AM
    • park gates

      by robintipler Online Now May 20, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      what gate would I enter from us-89 s

      1 Answer May 21, 2014 at 4:39 AM
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      Going in early October to Yellowstone, Tetons and Arches

      by chattygirl7491 Online Now May 1, 2014 at 6:51 AM

      Going to west this October. Flying into Salt Lake .. heading to G. Tetons, then Yellowstone and then Arches. We went to Yellowstone and Tetons in the summer. Wanted to see fall colors and wildlife. We learn that a lot is going to be closed and the weather might be worse than we expected. Leaving earlier is not an option this trip ... any suggestions on where to go to see wildlife and where to eat. We have already booked hotels.

      5 Answers May 1, 2014 at 11:42 AM
    • 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

      5 Answers Apr 27, 2014 at 12:06 PM
    • 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?

      3 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.

      20 Answers Dec 13, 2014 at 11:32 PM
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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