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Hotel recommendations

wi
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Hotel recommendations

I will be coming to visit Yellowstone and will be looking for a hotel. We will be traveling with two kids 10 and 13. Looking for advice on where to stay. In and outstide the park. Old Faithful is alll booked already.

Atlanta, Georgia
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1. Re: Hotel recommendations

Three Bear Lodge, Alpine, Holiday Inn and Comfort Inn are all fine.

Ennis MT
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2. Re: Hotel recommendations

It would be helpful to know when you'll be coming. If your trip is this month or next, most available in-park lodging will likely already be booked - or closed for the season.

Either West Yellowstone, Gardiner, or Cooke City are good gateway choices. You may want to split your time between a couple of locations, depending on how long you'll be staying. It will facilitate seeing the different areas of the park. You can check the TA reviews in each town for more info.

For lodging inside the park, deal directly with Xanterra: http://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com/ Calling them will give you the most up-to-date availability. If your trip is for next summer, there will likely be cancellations between now and then. Canyon is the most central location; Lake is just 15 miles south of there - a nice area and less congested.

Good Luck!

wi
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85 posts
3. Re: Hotel recommendations

I am planning on coming next June to Yellowstone. It will be our first trip to Yellowstone. We are on a budget and would like to be economical but need a decent place to sleep. I am planning on spending 3 nights in the area before heading to Cody to enjoy the museum and a rodeo. Any info would be great.

Ennis MT
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4. Re: Hotel recommendations

You might want to post your question on the Yellowstone forum too - you'll probably get more responses there :-)

June is a great time to visit - your kids will enjoy seeing all the baby animals, especially the bison.

I would suggest checking out the park website for info on things to do etc. Look into the Junior Ranger program for the kids too: www.nps.gov/yell

As for lodging, I prefer staying in the park. If you get one of the Frontier cabins, they'll be cheaper than the Western ones - but also smaller. The most central areas to stay are Canyon and Lake. Lodging outside the park may be a bit cheaper, but it will add to your driving time each day - not always a bad thing, as there's always something new to see. Making your reservations as soon as your dates are firm is a good idea - lodging fills up quickly, especially inside the park.

Another thing to help your budget is to get a cooler and keep it filled with drinks, snacks, lunch items etc. It both saves money, and lets you picnic where you happen to be rather than having to leave to find a place to eat.

Good Luck!

Detroit, Michigan
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5. Re: Hotel recommendations

If you plan to stay in the park, which I absolutely recommend. You need to make your reservations very soon. You may find places already sold out. We split our trip in Yellowstone in 08. We stayed at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge Western Cabin, and then in the Lake Lodge Western Cabins.

Park accomodations are very basic and you need to make sure you are getting a private bath. You are paying for the location within the park. We loved the Lake Lodge Cabins. We loved sitting on the porch of the Lodge at night watching bison in the field near the lake. Very relaxing, and a good place to bunker down for Hayden Valley animal watching. Canyon was booked when we made our reservations, so we booked Lake Lodge as a fallback, it worked out fine. We were able to do day trips from there to both The Lamar and Hayden Valleys.

We are working on our 2011 trip to Glacier now....

Have fun, Yellowstone is spectacular, and the Tetons are outstanding too!

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