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I am planning a Yellowstone trip Next year.

I am planning a Yellowstone trip Next year. Any advice from people who have been there on staying at a central location and driving to all the scenic spots or staying at a different location every night? I want to see all the major attractions!
  • JodiH
     asked this on October 04, 2011 at 09:47 AM
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Alot depends on your time constraints. There is so much to see not only in YellowStone but the surrounding areas. If possible, to the West is West YellowStone. The drive to Bozeman from West is spectacular through the gorge. From Bozeman head east to Livingston then south to Gardner. The drive through "Paradise Valley" with the collection of highest peaks in Montana to east is precious. Enter the park at Gardner, visit the Mammoth Hot Springs, head east through Lamar Valley( a must), and stay in Cooke City. (3 people were attacked in tents by a mother grizz with 3 cubs last year, I was there the day it happened, very sad event). If time allows, take the "Bear Tooth Highway". A drive you will never forget. Mountain peaks are near 12,000 feet, so if a person has breathing problems, don't go. Head back south through the park to the Teton's. If possible go to Jackson Hole. The drive there is easy (may seem kind of long if your in a hurry) and memorible. Jackson Hole can be expensive but if your not staying a long time,it is worth it. Take the "Jackson Pass" (I think it is call) over into Idaho (I forget the name of the little town on the Idaho side, but there is a great Hot Dawg resturant there). Key in WestYellowstone on your GPS and the backroads are a treat. Matter of fact there is a Canyon that is in the middle of the flat lands that is pretty cool. I have ran on way too much, but my lovely wife and I had the opportunity to spend April through October North of WestYellowstone and it was a dream come true. Hope this helps. Oh BTW, the summer in the park has a LOT of traffic. Be prepaired to go slow. Drinks and snacks are recommended.
  • Frankie
     answered this on January 22, 2012 at 05:45 PM
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We asked Rick Hoeninghausen, director of sales and marketing for Xanterra Parks & Resorts (the park concessionaire), for some advice. Here's what he had to say: "We're happy to hear about your trip to Yellowstone! From our perspective as the in-park hotel concessionaire, whether or not you stay at one location should be based on your preference for packing/unpacking and intended experience. You really can't go wrong either way. One base location is great. Not having to pack up each day certainly has its advantages! There are several hundreds of miles of roads in Yellowstone, so plan to be here a few days so you don't have to rush. The other option, multiple overnight locations, offers the potential of more thorough experiences in different areas of the park. For example, the southern region of the park has more geysers and hot springs. Staying at Old Faithful or Grant Village gives you a chance to experience them "out your door." The northern region of the park has a larger concentration of wildlife. Mammoth Hot Springs, Canyon Lodge or Roosevelt Lodge offer the potential of wildlife "out your door" and it's a shorter driver to Lamar Valley, a wildlife hot spot. It's all about the experience you most prefer. If you do want to stay for several days in one location, book as soon as possible as specific dates do fill up in advance, especially between mid-June and late August. If you want to stay in the park, you can call toll-free at 866-439-7375 or book online at http://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com. Wishing you great travels!"
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Camping is a pretty good option. South of the park is the Jenny Lake Lodge (there's a campground there too, right on the lake, which is beautiful). The advantage there is that you can visit Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park (to the south).
  • Pieter
     answered this on October 05, 2011 at 11:14 AM
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I would stay right in the park if you can find an open room, I think they book up pretty fast in the summer. We stayed in Old Faithful Inn while we were there. It was beautiful and rustic, a bit pricey but worth it to be right in the park and able to just head out early in the morning to see the wildlife when they're most active. The Roosevelt Lodge is fun as well. They're older log cabins, with a better price. They have rockers on the front porch and family-style dining. TVs, AC, and internet aren't available though so if you need that you might want to go elsewhere. If you're going during the winter, Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel is the only one open to vehicle traffic.
  • Lacy
     answered this on October 05, 2011 at 09:36 AM
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