Yellowstone Vacation Ideas

Looking for Yellowstone National Park vacation ideas? We’re here to help!

Yellowstone is one of our favorite national parks and we go every chance we get. We only live a few hours away and consider ourselves locals.

Check out our general travel guide to help you get started planning your Yellowstone vacation. And don’t forget to take a look at our favorite Yellowstone 4 day itinerary and planner!

Use our list below to learn more about the hiking trails, scenic drives, photography spots and other things to do at Yellowstone.

And it’s always helpful to know the best time to visit Yellowstone National Park. We share tips for visiting in each season and the various months of the year.

Have fun planning your amazing trip to Yellowstone!

Travel Guide to Plan Your Trip

Use our vacation planners, one includes our favorite 4 day itinerary, to help you plan the perfect trip to the park!

frost covered bison at Yellowstone

When Is the Best Time to Visit Yellowstone

There are important things to know about visiting the park during the different seasons of the year. You’ll need to be aware of the road conditions and closures. And there are times of the year when park services are closed. Check out these articles to know all about planning a trip during a specific season or month so you know in advance what to expect.

Attractions and Things to Do

Here’s a list of things to do, see and photograph at YNP. The park is known for its waterfalls, geysers and wildlife. You can plan your own itinerary to see the attractions in the park, or you can find a fun tour to explore the points of interest.

Moose Falls at Yellowstone

Tips and Resources to Plan Your Trip

Here’s a list of good resources for what to pack for your trip. Use the packing checklist no matter what time of the year you visit. And learn all about why you need the NP annual park pass, and where to buy it. Plus, there’s a fun list of national park gifts!

Places to Stay at Yellowstone

Places to Stay at Yellowstone National Park

Hotels and Vacation Rentals in West Yellowstone that we recommend:

Holiday Inn, West Yellowstone

ClubHouse Inn, West Yellowstone

Kelly Inn, West Yellowstone

→ CHECK OUT more West Yellowstone hotels!

Hotels and Vacation Rentals in Gardiner that we recommend:

Yellowstone Gateway Inn, Gardiner – full kitchen and comfy bed, one of our favorite places to stay!

Park Hotel Yellowstone, Gardiner – charming place to stay and loved by guests!

Absaroka Lodge, Gardiner – beautiful location with river views!

→ CHECK OUT more Gardiner hotels!

Hotels and Vacation Rentals in Cooke City or Silver Gate that we recommend:

Sunny Log Home on the Creek, Silver Gate (VRBO) – the most AMAZING location with an awesome fireplace and comfy bed!

Mountain View Cabin, Cooke City – great views and we enjoyed having a washer and dryer!

High Country Motel and Cabins – local owners who love what they do, and make you feel so welcome!

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