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Old 02-01-2007, 10:27 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Yellowstone anyone?

We're thinking about going out there leaving NY sometime around the 9th of July any one planning on going there around that time.

Also looking for all suggestion on where to go stay and what to avoid?
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Old 02-01-2007, 10:58 AM   #2
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Having done the trip ourselves last September I would save avoid the park till after schools starts! Actually we had a wonderful time. We took 26 days to travel from CT up to Canada, back down up the Big Horn into Yellowstone. We stayed in Yellowstone six days. We were supposed to stay seven but left one day early due to snow coming in and didn't want to drive down in the snow. Over 6,000 miles and it was a great trip! Have fun! Did you make reservations for in Yellowstone or a campground outside?

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Old 02-01-2007, 11:00 AM   #3
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We did Yellowstone last August and it was fantastic. The area is amazing and there are no bad places to stay. I would get reservations now though as July is a busy month obviously. Yeah, you have to go watch old faithful to get the T-shirt but it will not be the highlight of the trip. We bought a year long pass that is good in all national parks so that is something you might consider before you leave so you can see other parks along the way. Have fun!
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I heard from others that it may be better to book outsde the park and drive in any opinions on that?

Also are bookings needed if we are outside, I hate being boxed into dates.
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Yellowstone is a fabulous place to visit!..there are a lot of places to stay w/in the area..only thing I'd try to avoid is 'the roamin' bison'..they're great to see, but at a safe distance!..we stayed at Fishing bridge near the Yellowstone Lodge and also in West Yellowstone which is in Montana..the Nat'l Park Pass for $80 is great to have for the year when visiting any of the Nat'l Parks and National Forests; there is a discount for Seniors. And if you have a chance, try Cody, Wyoming..if you are into Old West Artifacts, museums and Paintings at the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum. ..don't forget to see the Grand Tetons, south of the Yellowstone Park.
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You might even get up close and personal with a Bison, like my husband did!
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We also did Yellowstone last September and we'll have to go back. There is just to much to see and do around there. We spent 3 days outside of the Grand Tetons Nat'l Park and then moved on up to astay outside W. Yellowstone for three more. This way we took in both parks. Codybear's right, you have to see Grand Tetons, including Jenny Lake. Take the ferry over to the other side and check out the hike to the top of a lower peak that overlooks the lake and includes several falls. Old Faithful is a must see but even more interesting was the Old Faithful Inn and the geiser walk all through the lower geiser basin around the Inn. I can't recall the name of the campground we stayed in while in the Tetons area. It was east of the park and we had the bottom spot that overlooked a meadow and could see the Tetons from our campsite.

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Yellowstone is awesome, even when you've been there every year from the age of three!! I've missed the last decade though... and plan to go as soon as I can.

My dad lives in Jackson Hole and I have to insist you go there!! The Tetons are magnificent! As is the: Cowboy Bar, Cadillac Grill (awesome burgers), Bar J Chuck-wagon (cool cowboy tourist thing to do), Shoot-outs in the town square, the Snake river: Rafting, fishing....

The Cody museum is definitely worth the trip!

Yellowstone will be packed, for sure, but just prepare yourself for many morons, and lots of people careening off the road at the sight of animals, usually buffalo... sometimes logs.... Keep a safe distance- they're crazy!

And watch out for the buffs- they are unpredictable and can be VERY dangerous!

Inside Yellowstone: The Inn at Old Faithful and Lake Lodge are amazing, both in their own way! Be sure to take the walks to the geysers, mud pots, and visit Hayden Valley at dusk for the best wildlife opportunity.

If you hike, be sure to read up on bears! On a hike deep in the woods my dad got nervous and turned us around. The next day a ranger woman was eaten!! It's always exciting....!!
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We have stayed at the Teton Villiage KOA in Jackson, and at the West Yellowstone KOA. Both nice parks for different reasons.
If you choose to base out of Jackson, it's about an hour up to Y/S park.
The park roads are layed out in a figure-8, or an upper loop and a lower loop. I would suggest taking a day for each loop. We did the outer perimeter in one day, and it was just too much driving with not enough time to really stop and enjoy all of the things we would have liked to.
We have been there in July both times. Yes it was busy, but not crazy like Yosemite. While another time of year may be less busy, I would not avoid July.
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I was planning on bringing our canoe hows the water in and around to paddle about?

Also will our motorcycle come in handy if we're based outside to go in and out of the park?

What time in the morning can you drive into the park to avoid traffic?
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Distance?

Bob,
We also did Yellowstone after Labor Day and it was not crowded. We stayed just outside the North entrance. The only problem with staying outside the park is the amount of driving you have to do to see the entire park, it's as big as a small state, and we weren't fighting crowds. If you can get a reservation at one of the interior campgrounds, I would opt for that. We spent a week and didn't scratch the surface although we saw all the significant sights. By all means bring your canoe, the lake is huge. A motorcycle would be a great way to tour.
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Plan on picking up me and my family to tag along.

Just kidding. After 5 trips myself and my wife on her 15th (she got a head start on me before we meet) we always see something new. It is a beautiful place to be.
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We are planning to use the 2008 International in Bozman as a base of operations to visit Yellowstone again. We last visited in 1989 the year after the big fires. The park is a lot bigger than it looks on a map. We stayed at the KOA in west Yellostone and did a different loop each day we were there for 4 or 5 days. I agree the Old Faithful was cool but far from the highlight, just walk back into the Geyser basin behind Old Faithful, they are not as reagular but some are much more spectacular.

Do not be in a rush as traffic jams occour any time any place depending on where the wildlife is close to the road.

We are planning on taking the Harley with us and using it as our mode of touring transportation. If you take the bike wathc out for the tourtist as they will be watching the wildlife not the road. Also as the Rangers where to go and what to see , they are a much under used source of good tips.

I would highly recommend a trip down to Grand Teton.
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The Tetons are part of the plan.

Are there any places to just boondock?
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