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My husband and I with our 3 kids (8,6, 4-ages they will be then ) will be traveling to...

My husband and I with our 3 kids (8,6, 4-ages they will be then ) will be traveling to Yellowstone in August of 2010 on our way to Oregon. We want to fly in perhaps to cody on a saturday then travel to Yellowstone the next day- We would like to stay in yellowstone until wed AM--1. Is cody worth flying into and staying the night? Or should we try to fly into another airport? 2. Where should we stay once we are in Yellowstone- I thought perhaps we would loop around and stay in a different spot each night?! 3. What would be the best places to see with the ages of my children? Thank you for any help you can give- I want to make this a memorible trip for the family and I am planning early.
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     asked this on August 06, 2009 at 07:42 PM
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Fly into Billings, the drive on US212 (Beartooth Parkway) is on everyone's list of top 10 highways in the US.

Suggested route: From Billings drive to Yellowstone on 212, then down the east side of Yellowstone. 4-5hr drive without stops so plan on spending the full day on Beartooth views, Tower Falls, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone (don't miss) and the east side of Yellowstone. Pick a destination you think you can make that night -- Canyon Village or Lake Village or West Thumb/Grant Village.
Continue clockwise around the south and west side of Yellowstone stopping to see as much as you can of the various geyser basins. Stay that night in West Yellowstone area. Next day finish geyser basins and end up at Mammoth Hot Springs.

A side trip from the Grant Village area that is spectacular is the drive down to see the Grand Tetons. It is a fairly short drive down to Jenny Lake and back but is as beautiful as anything in Yellowstone.
  • An anonymous user
     answered this on January 12, 2010 at 08:42 AM
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I would make sure you do the Junior ranger program with the kids. We have 3 kids around the same age and the program realy adds alot for the kids. Make sure you spend some time in the Hayden valley to see the wildlife, the lamar valley is also awesome but very expansive and can lose the interest of the kids. Have a great time we will be there in Aug.
  • An anonymous user
     answered this on December 29, 2009 at 08:47 PM
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I can tell you that the Canyon campground area is the most central location. Make reservations soon The Old Faithful Inn is great and the Yellowstone Hotel is near it. It's going to be very cold at night and then warm up to 80's in the daytime. Bring warm jackets and do the layer thing. Don't miss Norris Geyser Basin, the Canyon area (Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River) and take a boat ride on Lake Yellowstone. Every night each campground area which has an amphitheater puts on a great presentation about 9:30. It's free . Lots of ranger-led activities. Just be sure to match up the activity with your kid's abilities to walk and pay attention. Sometimes the rangers get a little grumpy if kids start whining during a walk. . Do not fail to go to Boiling River. It's an ice cold river which mixes with a geyser-heated spring to make a "hot-tub" where the two meet. You will need to ask directions at Mammoth. Take your swimsuits, pack a picnic lunch and spend the afternoon.
  • An anonymous user
     answered this on December 27, 2009 at 02:21 PM
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Stay the night in Cody. It is a neat place with lots of sights to see. You are a long way from Mammoth. Nearest airport to mammoth is West Yellowstone although you can often get cheap flights into Bozeman, MT which is about 85 miles from Mammoth. Stay in the park. Inexpensive, basic but very clean cabins are in Mammoth, Roosevelt, and the Canyon. You need to book well in advance as they fill up fast. See the Mammoth Hot springs, Lamar Valley, Tower Falls, Lake Yellowstone, The Canyon and Falls, Lamar and Hayden Valleys, and of course the thermal areas such as Norris, West Thumb, and the Old Faithful area. This can all be done easily in five days. It will be a memorable trip.
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     answered this on December 23, 2009 at 06:23 AM
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