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Tips & Tricks at Yellowstone National Park! Sharing what we learned before this trip, from the past & tips from our readers!
We made it to West Yellowstone at 6:30am! First thing we pulled up and were starving and what would we know this restaurant Out Post Yellowstone was opening right then! Boy did we get lucky – it was their first day opening for the season – that is one thing we have learned with our trial and error with going to Yellowstone – things are VERY seasonal! I will talk about that more in a bit!
Seriously though, if you need to find a place to eat in Yellowstone – The Out Post! Now that we are done with breakfast let’s go explore!
Ready to head into Yellowstone National Park West Entrance, but we saw the Yellowstone Historic Museum so we had to stop by! Yes there is still snow in May!
It is time!! Yellowstone eek! We are so excited to bring our kids!
Here were the prices of Yellowstone National Park as of May 1, 2021. If you plan to go to other National Parks – make sure to just buy the annual pass.
When you pay for your ticket, they will give you a map and if you have kids cute little ones for them! This comes in handy especially with closures of roadways.
One thing to think of when planning your trip to Yellowstone National Park is the season. It is beautiful anytime you go, but just remember a lot of it can be closed due to snow. We came early in the season – and a lot were closed… so be prepared for a LOT of driving!
If you come in the winter, like we may have tried to do pre-kids. Keep in mind the main sites to see are closed to public but, you can do guided tours.
We were so excited for all the animals we might see, and the first thing was Bison.
** Spoiler Alert** that is all we saw on this trip… a LOT of them!
James might have wanted to get close, don’t worry he didn’t – but let that be a warning to you also don’t go near any wildlife as cute as they maybe. Be ready to have them walk in front of you while driving – it is quite the sight!
The VIEWS were incredible! You don’t have to walk very far out of your car to see this, while there are parts that you can hike in Yellowstone most you can do by car and a brief walk. It really just depends on what you are wanting to do.
If you think this is the prettiest thing at Yellowstone National Park, keep reading!
We were getting ready to go to see Old Faithful, we asked a worker which way to go… and he told us the way but said we HAVE to go drive and see The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Honestly we had driven a ton already ( by the time we finished what we could see at the park over 200 miles) and we were a bit hesitant to drive for another 30 miles each way… the guy was right though it was worth every minute! Check out the next photos :
The sad thing is that these don’t even do it justice. Make sure to check out my highlight of Yellowstone HERE.
If you have the time = WORTH it!! Now let’s head on over to Old Faithful.
Old Faithful is so NEAT to see! It does smell really bad.
Old Faithful is so cool to experience, it does erupt up to 20 times per day! Even if you don’t see it erupt it is so neat to see!
Soak up all the time you have driving through Yellowstone National Park. If you go in the more open season it is less driving with the loop! We have gone different times and each is a neat experience! This was so fun to do with our kids and something everyone should get to experience at least once.
We were so glad we came when most shops were starting to open up! The Outpost Sweet Treats is a must stop – they have ice cream too!
Now it is time to say goodbye to Yellowstone and drive to Mt. Rushmore! 9 hours 48 min.