Expert Travel Advice to Yellowstone National Park

Top Answers To Yellowstone National Park Travel Questions

  • Anonymous user answered:
    Yellowstone's South Entrance is about 90 miles north of Jackson, so definitely within striking distance for a one- to two-night foray. And in answer to your questions, yes to the former, no to the latter. As in, Jackson Hole's season typically runs until early to mid-April, so you'll find plenty of snow to carve (http://away.com/skiing/ski_resort.tcl?Jackson_Hole&id=293212). Yellowstone will be very cold, but some consider this the best season to see the park and its wildlife. The crowds are non-existent compared to summer, plus many of the animals, like its famous wolves, are much easier to spot against the white, snowy backdrop. Check out this post on Away.com's blog for more ideas: http://blogs.away.com/travel/2008/02/winter-travel-t.html. All that said, I do think you may be rushing things a little by trying to do it all in a week. Maybe see how conditions look when you're in J-Hole and make the call then if you want to get in as much skiing as possible.
  • bonnie answered:
    the grand tetons! spectacular view as you enter the valley from the south.take a class on jackson lake that will teach how the valley was formed. backpack to lake solutude. only one other camping when i was there. have wonderful brunch at jenny lake lodge. all a vivid memory.
  • Frankie answered:
    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.
  • Anonymous user answered:
    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.

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