Plans

Old Faithful Lodge Cabins

The Old Faithful Lodge is one of the more underrated and under-appreciated buildings in the Old Faithful complex, but it has a history that rivals many of the other buildings in Yellowstone National Park.

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Inside the Park: Campgrounds

A few years ago you couldn't get near a Yellowstone National Park campground unless you had made a reservation or were willing to cruise the sites, waiting for someone to leave. Today there's less demand, as the younger generation is less enamored of pitching a tent and curling up in a sleeping bag. Too bad: camping in Yellowstone National Park is an experience everyone should have in their lives.

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Inside the Park: Lodges and Cabins

Staying inside Yellowstone is the most convenient way to enjoy the pleasures of the park for short and longer stays. For the most part, however, you'll need to plan well in advance if you want to stay in the most popular destinations -- or anywhere in the park during the peak season.

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Cody: Buffalo Bill Historical Center

Cody, Wyoming is an interesting western community, part tourist town, part real ranching town, and for many a visit to Yellowstone isn't complete without a stop at Cody's star attraction, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.

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Suggested 1 Day Tours

To see Yellowstone Park in one, two, or even three days requires a lot of driving, some patience, and a risk of sensory or memory overload (and this goes for cameras too). Still, many people visit Yellowstone on a tight schedule and understandably want to optimize the time spent in the park. Here are two suggestions for a one-day stint, each based on the …

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Experiencing Yellowstone

It’s customary to think of a visit to Yellowstone in terms of seeing the main attractions –- Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Lower Falls, Yellowstone Lake, Mammoth Hot Springs. On a first trip with limited time, perhaps such a quick visit is all that’s possible. However, in the tradition of a true insider we’d like to …

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Making Plans for Yellowstone

Most of the people who visit Yellowstone National Park don't have the luxury of just up and going there. Because of its location in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, for most people Yellowstone's a trip, a journey, something that takes time (days), money (perhaps no small amount), and yes, lots of some planning.

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Activities: What to Do?

There are many things to do in Yellowstone, most of them related to the great outdoors. Many of the activities you can do in a lot of places -- hiking, biking, fishing, boating, horseback riding, sightseeing, picnicking -- but you are doing them in Yellowstone’s incomparable landscape and in one of America’s largest areas of wilderness. That changes things. For example, people catch trout in all kinds of streams. Not many people catch trout within sight of a spouting geyser.

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When to Go?

Crazy Creek, Beartooth Mountains

When to go to Yellowstone? Other than the obvious answer (when you can) it’s helpful to know that every season has its attractions, as well as some negatives.

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Lake Hotel

Lake Hotel 1905

Lake Hotel 1905

It is not the flashiest hotel in Yellowstone National Park, lacking the iconic grandeur of Old Faithful Inn or the modern/rustic design of the Old Faithful Snow Lodge. But as the oldest structure in Yellowstone, the Lake Hotel deserves a certain amount of respect, and a visit to the understated structure should be on your list of must-sees during a visit.

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