Yellowstone National Park offers a wide variety of activities for a fun-filled family vacation. Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872 and was the world’s first national park. The land was set aside to preserve the many geysers, hot springs, mud pots, fumaroles, wildlife and landscape. Yellowstone covers the northwest corner of Wyoming and extends into both Montana and Idaho.
Fly to Yellowstone National Park via Jackson Hole Airport in the Grand Teton National Park. Seasonal direct flights are available to Jackson Hole from Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Denver and Atlanta. Other airports in the surrounding area are Billings, Boxeman, Butte, West Yellowstone (all in Montana), Idaho Falls (Idaho) and Cody (Wyoming).
Yellowstone has five entrances. One entrance is from Montana through Gardiner with the other four entrances located in Wyoming. The four entrances are in Silver Gate/Cooke City, Cody, Grand Teton National Park and West Yellowstone. Each entrance to the park is closed during the winter months.
First time visitors should choose from several areas within the park to begin their vacation. The main geyser basins include Upper Geyser Basin (Old Faithful, Grand Geyser, Castle Geyser, Daisy Geyser and Riverside Geyser), Lower Geyser Basin (Great Fountain Geyser), Midway Geyser Basin (Grand Prismatic Spring and Excelsior Geyser), Lone Star Geyser Basin and Shoshone Geyser Basin. Many other areas within the park have various natural phenomenon to view, it’s entirely up to the family.
Several interesting activities to do while at Yellowstone include: Car Free Week, Young Scientist , Jr. Ranger Program , hiking, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, backpacking, photography, fishing, swimming and interpretive programs. Find out more information on activities for the family by going to NPS.gov.
Each major community within the Yellowstone area offers, camping supplies, food, gas and souvenirs during the vacation season. Most of the stores are closed during the winter months. Numerous hotels, motels and lodging are peppered throughout the area. Contact Xanterra Parks & Resorts to make reservations at any of the lodges or cabins in the Yellowstone area. They may also be contacted by phoning 307.344.7311.
Eat at one of the many restaurants and cafeterias in the park area. Good eating locations include: Old Faithful Inn Dining Room, Old Faithful Snow Lodge Restaurant, Old Faithful Lodge Cafeteria, Lake Yellowstone Hotel Dining Room, Lake Lodge Cafeteria, Grant Village Restaurant, Grant Village Lakehouse Restaurant, Canyon Lodge Cafeteria, Canyon Lodge dining Room, Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel dining Room and Roosevelt Lodge Dining Room.