Today we share tips for planning a trip to Yellowstone National Park, including the best time to visit, things to see and how to visit.
Planning a trip to Yellowstone National Park
- Visit during May to October to fully experience the park; not all the roads are open in the winter months. Planning your Yellowstone itinerary for the warmer months will ensure that you get to see everything you want.
- June, July and August – Many people visit the park during these months so be patience and expect traffic.
- Plan and book ahead – Plan your visit and book accommodation ahead; lodges and campgrounds fill fast.
- Cell service is limited within the national park.
- Download the free NPS Yellowstone app which can act as your digital guide.
- Keep your distance – Do not approach the wildlife as you visit the park.
- Visit early or late – visiting the park before 9am or after 3pm will offer a quieter experience.
- Book a tour – If you are overwhelmed with planning your own trip, you can book an organised tour, either as a day trip or multi-day trip. You can also opt to road trip here; a Northwest road trip ending in Yellowstone is a great way to spend a summer!
- Don’t underestimate distances – The park is massive and often you will experience traffic and road works. Plus parking spots at popular landmarks are in short supply, so plan your time, be patient and give yourself extra time to visit all your must-see sights.
- Stay the night in Yellowstone – There are plenty of lodges and campgrounds to choose from if you are not sure where to stay in Yellowstone. But make sure you spend at least one night in the parks. Why? Not only can you get exploring early the next morning but you can also appreciated the incredible starry sky as the sunsets during your Yellowstone 2 day itinerary.
- Use Airbnb – There are plenty of Airbnb Yellowstone cabins that will make your trip memorable. As always, book in advance and check reviews.
Yellowstone National Park is just one of the many things to do in the USA.