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A guide to Yellowstone National Park

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Many people know that Yellowstone National Park was the first such park in the world, and almost everyone knows about the majestic beauty of the park. It seems that fewer people are aware of just how big the park is and how far away from major cities and airports it is.

Many people know that Yellowstone National Park was the first such park in the world, and almost everyone knows about the majestic beauty of the park. It seems that fewer people are aware of just how big the park is and how far away from major cities and airports it is.

Bearing this in mind, the first question many visitors who want to see Yellowstone will have to answer is how to get there. The town of West Yellowstone in Montana is a great option since it has an airport with several flights a day in and out during the summer and is conveniently located very close to one of the park entrances. The town itself has an interesting past and is a nice way to spend some time relaxing before or after the long drives any visit to Yellowstone entails. The hotels and car rental agencies are great for visits into Yellowstone but be aware that they obviously get very busy in the high season.

The best way for visitors to avoid driving blindly around Yellowstone without actually seeing anything of interest is to head first of all to one of the many visitor centres. These are the places to find the maps and informational literature that can really bring the park to life and there are informative and friendly rangers on hand to answer any further questions you may have, especially regarding the best places to find different types of wildlife. The larger visitor centres have interactive displays and exhibits about the history of the park, its landmarks and the famous caldera.

The visitor centres also provide information about the eruption times of the various geysers of the park such as the world famous Old Faithful, with goes off every hour and a half. If visitors know when the eruptions are going to take place they can then plan their schedule accordingly as they move about the park. The schedules are better being flexible, however, as in summer large ‘bear jams’ can build up as vehicles stop to look at animals roaming alongside the road. The regular nature of Old Faithful and other geysers mean this shouldn’t be a major problem.

After Old Faithful, the other major sight in the park is the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. The self-explanatory name says it all really, the Yellowstone River, after which the park is named, has created an enormous and hugely beautiful canyon which can be observed from several viewing points linked to roads or, more excitingly, be explored on foot on miles of trails that cover the area.

Top 3 Hotels in Yellowstone:

Moose Creek Inn - This West Yellowstone motel is close to Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Rooms from €92/£ 96/$ 120

Yellowston Days Inn – This casino hotel is located in West Yellowstone. Rooms from € 114/£ 96/$ 120

Yellowstone Country InnHotel in West Yellowstone with a Spa! Rooms from € 101/£ 85/$ 131

Photo by Bruce Tuten

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8 responses to “A guide to Yellowstone National Park”

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  1. Vera Powers says via Facebook:
    July 21st, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Brings back childhood memories. We lived in Montana and Yellowstone was a favorite Sunday drive for us.

  2. venere.com says via Facebook:
    July 21st, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    You were very lucky Vera!

  3. Vera Powers says via Facebook:
    July 21st, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I know, I know! I live in AZ now but really miss MT

  4. venere.com says via Facebook:
    July 21st, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    AZ is great too..maybe less geysers :)

  5. Kinney KC Yan says via Facebook:
    July 21st, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Vera…. Totally agree…. summer time camp … woohoo!!!

  6. Carmen Rodrigo Gonzalez says via Facebook:
    July 21st, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Yo me quedé con las ganas de poderlo visitar en Enero, estuve cerca pero estaba cerrado, una pena

  7. Tom says:
    July 26th, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Very helpful article. We were just discussing a possible trip to Yellowstone and I was looking for info about getting there and where to stay. It was a very timely article for me.

  8. Alexey says:
    July 30th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Great article, great picture!

    As Tom said, very helpful post. It will be a while since I get there but looking forwards to it!


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