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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 16, 2016
Driving RV to West Yellowstone mid december ???  (13 Answers)

Just wondering if it is posable to drive a RV into West Yellowstone in mid December

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 09, 2016
How many days in each place Yellowstone - SLC - Bryce Canyon - Zion NP - LV  (12 Answers)

I've planned my first time visit to the Mid-West with two kids (11 and 8) in the end of June (booked hotels and air tickets) and then I learned I can extend my trip for 3 more days, totaling 13 days, 12 nights. Here is my updated itinerary:

Day 1: fly to Jackson Hole
Day 2: visit Grand Teton, stay at Grant Village
Day 3: visit Yellowstone, stay at Old Faithful Snow Lodge
Day 4: visit Yellowstone, stay at Canyon Village
Day 5: visit Yellowstone, stay at Canyon Village
Day 6: leave Yellowstone, visit SLC, stay at SLC
Day 7: leave SLC, visit Bryce Canyon, stay at Ruby's inn
Day 8: leave Bryce Canyon, visit Zion NP, stay at Springdale
Day 9: visit Zion NP, stay at Springdale
Day 10: leave Zion, stay in Vegas
Day 11: visit Vegas
Day 12: visit Vegas
Day 13: fly back

We love outdoor hiking and wild life watching, but we cannot do long hikes, especially not in 90 degree days, and hiking everyday may be exhausting and boring to the kids. It may be fun to watch some shows in Vegas but I don't know if we are staying too long in a desert city during the hottest time. Any advice or suggestion would be greatly appreciated!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 12, 2016
shortest route  (2 Answers)

can I travel from Roosevalt lodge to west Yellowstone via county roads 89 and 191 in August ? if so how long would that route take ? thanks Mike

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 24, 2016
RV Trip from NYC to Yellowstone  (12 Answers)

We are planning an RV tip (my husband, myself, and small dog) from the NYC/Philadelphia area to Yellowstone (and back). Question, how many days do you suggest we spend at Yellowstone and Tetons? Any bits of advice for a first-time RV renter? (Blogs, sites, resources, etc.)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 23, 2015
Help on our Vacation  (3 Answers)

We are trying to decide on our upcoming vacation and every time we think we got it the answer changes for one of us. It is my wife, my 2 year old son, and myself on the trip. It will take place this summer and here are the options we are looking at:

Option 1: Yellowstone and other National Parks along the way (starting in TX). We love National Parks and already at a young age my son loves the outdoors.

Option 2: Disney World, New Orleans and other stops along the way (starting in TX). Mickey has become a staple in the house right now so, this makes sense because he would be free for a lot of it and we can make other stops along the way.

Option 3: Disneyland, Yosemite and other stops (starting in TX). See option 2 but add probably a lot more stops along the way.

Please help because we want a great trip not just for us but for our little boy as well, even though he may not remember everything (or anything) the look on his face will say enough and the pictures and video we take will last a life time.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 29, 2015
entrance to park after nov 21 from idaho  (10 Answers)

what is the best driving route from timbers condos, island park, Idaho to Yellowstone after Nov 21

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 17, 2015
Getting around without a car  (4 Answers)

I don't drive. So how do I go around the park. The maximum I can hike is 3 kms.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 27, 2015
Yellowstone to SLC  (1 Answer)

What is the best route to take from West Yellowstone to Salt Lake City considering time, travel conditions, scenery, stopover places, etc

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 26, 2015
Fresh water fill  (2 Answers)

Wondering where I might be able to fill my small trailer's fresh water tank close to my destination which is the Indian Creek CG. I'll be entering the east entrance, going thru Canyon Village and Norris before getting to Indian Creek.
Just bought the trailer and this will be the first big trip with it. Towing it with a 6 cyl and trying to keep the weight to a minimum.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 20, 2015
Closure warning  (1 Answer)

Grand Loop Rd
(Mammoth Hot Springs to Norris Junction)
Upper Terrace Drive near Mammoth Hot Springs is closed to vehicles due to a new thermal feature that is impacting the road. Road construction right there also, so expect delays in this area. ...................

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 07, 2015
Yellowstone in August  (7 Answers)

We are planning to drive from Jackson Hole to Yellowstone, in mid August, staying overnight, before returning to Jackson Hole. We've been cautioned that we might get stuck in the parking lot, not even get inside the park, due to crowd congestion at that time. Should we risk it?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 01, 2015
Best Route  (5 Answers)

Staying with friends in Jackson Hole, Wy before our two week trip to Yellowstone. Just found out that the road from West Thumb to Old Faithful will be closed until June 11. Of course we have reservations at Old Faithful Lodge on June 10. What's the best way to get there?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 31, 2015
suggested route and accommodations  (6 Answers)

Hi, VTers! We have suddenly decided to visit this wonderful area and don't have a lot of time to plan. Hopefully you can guide us in the right direction!

We're planning on arriving at Billings Airport around noon on June 5 and departing from Billings in the early evening of June 9. We are set on seeing the highligts of Yellowstone (Upper and Lower Terraces, Fort Yellowstone, Specimen Ridge, Lamar Valley, Hayden Valley, swimming in Boiling River, South Rim Trail, Grand Canyon, Mud Volcano, Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring, Fountain Paint Pots and Artists Paintpots. Any other suggestions, or deletions?), and also seeing Grand Teton. The plan is to travel around Yellowstone, and stay in the area that is close to where we will end for the day.

From my preliminary research, I've come up with a rough itinerary. Please let me know what your thoughts are:

June 5: arrive in Billings, drive 2 hours into Yellowstone. Do Mammoth Country. Sleep in Gardiner, West Yellowstone or Big Sky. I think Gardiner is a better option, given it's proximity to Mammoth Country?

June 6: do west side of Yellowstone (whatever that means. I think it would include Madison, Geyser Country, and Grant? I just don't have a good grasp on the route yet). Not sure where to stay for the night here. To me, West Thumb or around Old Faithful would be the obvious choice to spend the night, but all accommodations are completely booked up (I know, accommodations for Yellowstone in general must be booked way in advance. However, we just decided on this trip yesterday, sigh). Suggestions on where to stay? Should we backtrack to West Yellowstone?

June 7: half day to finish what we couldn't do on the west side of Yellowstone. Spend remainder of the day on the west side of Grand Teton. Sleep in Teton Village or Jackson Hole.

June 8: do east side of Grand Teton. I think we'll be staying in Colter Bay Village, but if you have any other suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated!

June 8: do West side of Yellowstone (again, whatever that means. I think it's Canyon Country and Lake Country). I can't quite figure out where to stay on the west side of Yellowstone. Any suggestions?

June 9: do Roosevelt Country and northeast side of Yellowstone. And then we'll have to catch our flight in Billings at 5:30pm.

Some specifics about us: we will be renting a car so have that flexibility; we are fit and enjoy hiking. However, our main purpose of this trip is to see the sights (ie. we don't want to spend the whole day on one hike, even though I know there are an abundance of wonderful trails); it will just be my boyfriend and I (ie. no kids or parents to drag along); our philosophy is to spend less time at the hotel, but we need our own bathroom (budget accommodations in the $150 is our style. However, beggars can't be choosers at this point); we have never been to this area. Any other info you need to assist us?

I saw a suggestion to use West Yellowstone as a base, and do day trips from there. Your thoughts on this? I know Yellowstone is huge, but it looks like on a map that it may be feasible.

I have also seen suggestions to totally skip the Mammoth area. Is Mammoth not really worth it for first time Yellowstoners? There seem to be a lot of suggested sights to see in the area.

Nothing has been booked yet, and we may decide to drive from Vancouver, BC (a long 14 hour drive which would truncate our itinerary within Yellowstone :( ). However, I'm really leaning towards flying, and hopefully my boyfriend will agree to it.

Thank you in advance for reading this, and pointing us in the right direction!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 14, 2015
Evening entertainment in the park  (3 Answers)

Hi I'm travelling with my brother for about a week mid September. We will have plenty to do during the day but were wondering what if anything there is to do in the evenings. I don't think we want to spend the week looking at each other every nigth over the camp fire :-). Are there any places to go for a quite drink or maybe some music , or would we need to drive outside the park for that kind of thing?



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 24, 2015
driving from Michigan, where to stay and how to get around the Park  (32 Answers)

hi All, my wife and I (age 30), no kids plan to drive from MI to Yellowstone/Teton.
1- are there any quick places we should hit in our road trip. our plan is to spend 5 - 6 days in and around Yellowstone and 4 - 5 days of driving.
2- Pls tell if it is ok to stay put at one place(jackson, code or west entrance(how about a KOA)) or any room/lodge in the Park would be best ?
3- Or I should book stay at different places and keep moving ? I have a tent too but does it need a lot of measures and prep to camp in yellowstone ?
4- What are the 'must-do's and 'must-see's in yellowston/teton or the places nearby in 5 days.
as we are driving a long way, want to make the most out of our trip. any special clothing/wear/gear to bring except normal summer wear/hiking shoes etc.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 24, 2015
Transportation inside YellowstoneNP  (5 Answers)

Does YellowstoneNP provide transportation from site to site (shuttle bus, etc)? We will be staying in a 29.5 ft RV and don't want to disconnect and maneuver it around the park each day.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 02, 2015
Driving from Calgary to Yellowstone on to Zion  (5 Answers)

Wanted some advice about driving from Calgary to Yellowstone and on to Mount Rushmore and Zion national parks, looking at taking a two and a half road trip in end of may beginning of June.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 18, 2015
itinary review requested:)  (6 Answers)

hello we are planning a road trip at the end of july 2015 and we would liek to have other travellers input on our itinary if that could be possible. it would be from uly 26 to july 30th...

our itinary so far would be:

day 1: SLC- Bonnevile salt flats + visit of SLC (seriously in need of cues and tips about this one as we did not find a lot of information about what to do in SLC for fun yet)
day 2= leave extra early from SLC to grand teton NP, through soda spring Idaho and Jackson wyoming (probably a stop in Jackson for lunch), then drive to mormon row, jenny's lake surrounding or the likes to visit as much as possible during this day. Is signal mountain drive up the hill for the view is worth the time to go there?... probably camping in signal mountain campground but as no reservation is possible we will have to rely on luck for this one.
day3=signal mountain campground (hopefully) to canyon village Yellowstone. We are planning on leaving extra early in the morning and to see attractions in YNP's south loop such as grand faithfull, rainbow lake and the likes, then canyon village campground for the night.
day 4= visit of the yellowstone falls and canyon then off to billings montana through cody wyoming ( stop there for lunch and visit the old row town.
day 5= leaving billings to home.

question are: should we allow more time at one or other step of this trip? do we miss something very un-missable and is it doable in this time frame? every tips, comments or precisions are welcomed

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 26, 2015
Looking to plan a short weekend visiting Yellowstone... is it possible?  (14 Answers)

We are looking to visit Yellowstone but only have limited availability such as a 4day/3 night stay during early March or early April..... would this be possible or not enough time to see/ do enough? If possible are there any suggestions on inexpensive/ centrally located hotels you would recommend? All input is appreciated, Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 20, 2015
What to see at Yellowstone and Grand Teton N.P.?  (8 Answers)

My wife and I and our six year old granddaughter will be visiting both Yellowstone and Grand Teton N.P. the end of July. I want to thank all of the folks who sent me tips on packing for this trip.
My next question deals with what to see and how to do it. We know virtually nothing about the parks other than they are gorgeous. Our trip will be seven (7) days; however, two of those will be travel days to and from San Diego. Essentially, we will have five (5) full days. We were wondering how best to divide these five days. Are there guided tours? We would prefer these as we don't want to wander around wasting a lot of time especially since we do not know where we are going. If there are Guided Tours, what approximately will the fees be? Our plan is to hopefully take a guided tour in each of the parks for a full day each, or perhaps three of the five days. We would then have two extra days to revisit some of the areas. Does this sound like a good plan? We would welcome any or all suggestions as to which Guided Tours to take and what places we should not miss and how to access them. We will have a rental car; however, I would prefer not to use it unless it was for revisit purposes. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 19, 2015
Three days itenary and some logistic questions  (17 Answers)

We'll be coming to Yellowstone for three days in end of May, and already booked one night in Great Teton and two - in Western Yellowstone.
Usually we rent a small car - for two it's enough, and easier to park (we'll be coming from SF through LA and then some national parks like Great Canyon, Bryce, Antelope. So will the small car (not 4x4) be enough?
Can you also give me some tips about the itenary.
I'm thinking about one day near lake and east part, then one day - Old Faithful and around. What else?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 19, 2015
What to pack?  (12 Answers)

My wife, granddaughter, and I will be visiting Yellow Stone NP and Grand Teton NP the end of July and the beginning of August. We were wondering about what to pack and whether we need to bring bug repellent.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 05, 2015
Transportation inside Yellowstone National Park  (4 Answers)

If I take my RV/camper to Yellowstone, how do I get around inside Yellowstone? Does the Lake Hotel pick up at the different campsites for its day tours?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 29, 2014
Drive through Yellowstone.  (7 Answers)

We would like to go on a trip in Yellowstone NP area in August for a week or 9 days. Ideally, we will fly into something like Jackson Hole (or wherever I can get cheaper tickets), rent a car, drive through Teton into Yellowstone. We want to stay in a tent, ideally every night in a different place. What would be the best route/best campgrounds to stay? We want to do some nice hiking, see big bears and everything else.
Is it possible to drive in one direction only, departing from another airport?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 21, 2014
Beartooth/Chief Joseph instead of Upper loop of Yellowstone  (12 Answers)

I will be visiting Yellowstone in a week time. As per few previous posts, it seems like Mammoth Springs and Tower Falls are not as impressive as they used to be. And these are the major spots on upper loop. Is it recommended to give that day to Beartooth & Chief Joseph instead of Upper Loop of Yellowstone ? Or any other suggestions ? We are not into hiking and mostly interested in scenic and photographic places.
If yes, how should I plan it. I will be staying at Canyon Campground. Can I take some loop instead of backtrack same route ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 21, 2014
Travel to Yellowstone  (5 Answers)

Hi, I would like to travel from Calgary, Canada. I have only 3 days. Is it possible to see important places in Yellowstone? I have only one full second day to travel..

Jhalendra Shrestha, Calgary AB

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 09, 2014
RV trip summer 2015  (4 Answers)

Planning a trip to Yellowstone national park next year in an RV from NYC....I have 3 weeks...need to know the best sites to visit between NYC and YSNP.....Also planning on KOA sites in between

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 18, 2014
How frightening are the roads?  (5 Answers)

How frightening are the roads for those of us afraid of heights and bridges???

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 05, 2014
What is the exact location of Yellowston national park?  (3 Answers)

I am looking farword some information about the exact location of Yellowston national park

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 03, 2014
Need help with the Itineraty  (13 Answers)

Hi all

I am going to Yellowstone national park for the first time. I am flying into Billings, MT. We are family of 4 (2 Adults, a 7 year old and a 11 month old baby). We are going for 5 days excluding the flying time. Can someone help me build my itinerary and suggest places to stay, eat/


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