Yellowstone National Park-itinerary


Yellowstone National Park-itinerary


Yellowstone National Park is a jewel to behold and should be on every person’s bucket list of places to see. With excellent opportunities to view a variety of wildlife and explore unique geothermal features, it’s a great destination for any family. This itinerary will highlight ways to avoid the crowds and still experience the grandeur of Yellowstone.

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This scenic 8 night road trip showcases the beauty of Yellowstone and Montana’s Big Sky Country. You’ll find all the details you need for each day including worthwhile stops along the way to each location, travel time between destinations, the best family-friendly hikes and sites, helpful tips, labeled maps, and the best lodging/dining choices for each part of your trip.

This 63 page Yellowstone National Park itinerary includes:

Where To Stay

  • In-park dining and lodging recommendations

  • Specific cabin rental listings located near the Lamar Valley as well lodging suggestions in West Yellowstone if you’re unable to stay inside the park

  • Livingston, MT - favorite lodging, restaurants, and fun nearby activities

  • Bozeman, MT - favorite lodging, restaurants, and nearby activities. Make sure to schedule a day here to explore this fun western town.

  • The lodging choices for each destination have been carefully selected for their ideal location, price point, safety, and proximity to the day’s activities. We tell you the best area to stay so you can minimize driving or walking distances and maximize your moments having fun. Knowing what part of town to stay in is a huge part of making a trip a success, and that’s hard to do when you are not familiar with a destination. We save you time and energy by doing all the research for you.

Where To Eat

Local dining establishments are highlighted. The kind where children are welcome but isn't necessarily a restaurant geared primarily towards kids. You won't find many restaurant chains in our itineraries, just good local food mirroring the destination's culture. This could mean a food truck, a pizza place, or a nice sit-down restaurant, but always delicious. If there are any local brews, specialty foods, wines, or coffee houses around, we'll mention those too.

Where To Play

  • The best easy and family-friendly hikes to alpine lakes, thermal features, and additional easy hikes that highlight the beauty of Yellowstone in these areas: Lamar Valley, Mammoth Hot Springs, Canyon Village, and Old Faithful

  • The best scenic sights/hikes to stop on the way to each location

  • A drive on the scenic Beartooth Highway to our favorite hike of the trip

  • Approximate drive times to each stop on the itinerary

  • Labeled maps detailing locations of activities

  • More “can’t miss” jewels of this beautiful park are described in detail

  • All organized into day-by-day plans

  • You can duplicate the trip in its entirety or gather ideas for your own

  • The organization of each day has been thoughtfully planned in order to group activities together by proximity, ideal time of day to visit, and the best nearby dining choices. It’s all been laid out for you, along with directions, maps, travel tips, links to more info, and more. We cover the most worthwhile activities to do in a destination (based on our own family’s reviews) without forgetting that vacations are meant to be fun and relaxing, not a list to be checked off while hauling around whining children.

    You’ll find plenty of outdoor activities for the family as well as cultural and historical sites unique to the destination. Many itineraries include easy hikes, bike rides, and float trips that have been selected for their kid-friendly length and ease of difficulty as well as their scenic beauty. (Always worth it!) We are all about getting families outdoors so we include as much fresh air as we can in our itineraries, whether it is a day-long trek in a national park or just the location of a fantastic playground perfect for a break from sightseeing.

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