Plan a Trip to Yellowstone National Park

  1. By Divya
  2. On Mar 10, 2017
  3. North America
  4. Travel Tips

Hello their travelers, are you planning a trip to Yellowstone National Park and confused on how to plan a trip….do't worry! You are at the right place. This blog will provide you with details on how can you plan your vacation to Yellowstone National Park. Here we will discuss everything in detail about Yellowstone National Park like what is Yellowstone National Park, where is Yellowstone, what is the best time to visit Yellowstone, how to travel to Yellowstone, where to stay at Yellowstone, what is the Yellowstone park timings, and what are the best tour packages to Yellowstone Nation Park.


What is Yellowstone National Park?

Yellowstone National Park is the World's and America's first National Park. It is huge with nearly 3,500-sq. miles of wilderness recreation area. At Yellowstone, you get to experience the world's most intact ecosystems. It features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers and is home for hundreds of animal species like bears, wolves, bison, elk etc.


Where is Yellowstone National Park?

Yellowstone National Park is located almost entirely within the U.S. state of Wyoming, but its northern boundary edges slightly into the state of Montana, and its eastern boundary spills over just a bit into Montana and the neighboring state of Idaho.


What is the best time to visit Yellowstone National Park?

The best season to visit is the spring and the summer, as you get the best views comparatively to winters. Best months to travel to Yellowstone are April -- May & July – September.


How to travel to Yellowstone National Park?

There are different options through which you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

 1. Drive from the nearest International Airports

The first option is to fly to the nearest International Airports and then rent a car and drive to the Yellowstone National Park by yourself. These airports have flexible flights from various domestic and international cities. It is the best option for international travelers. The International Airports are

  • Salt Lake City, Utah – Takes approximately 5 hours of drive.
  • Denver, Colorado – Takes approximately 11 hours of drive.
  • Seattle, Washington – Takes approximately 12 hours of drive.


The other option is if you are flying internationally you can check for connections into the closer domestic airports into Bozeman, Montana, Billings, Idaho Falls, Jackson.


 2. Drive from the nearest Domestic Airport

These options are best is you are looking to save time on traveling. These are the nearest airports to travel to Yellowstone

  • Yellowstone Airport, West Yellowstone Montana – Takes just 10 minutes of drive.
  • Jackson Hole Airport, Wyoming – Takes approximately 3 hours of drive
  • Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, Belgrade Montana – Takes approximates 2 hours of drive time.
  • Bert Mooney Airport, Butte Montana – Takes approximately 2.5 hours of drive


Yellowstone Entrance

Nearest Airport

North Entrance

Bozeman, MT

West Entrance

West Yellowstone, MT; Bozeman, MT; Idaho Falls, ID; and Salt Lake City, UT

East Entrance

Cody, WY

South Entrance

Jackson, WY

Northeast Entrance

 Billings, MT


 3. Book Bus Tour Packages

The best option is to book a bus tour package. There are tours packages which start from various places from across the United States. These tour packages include transportation, hotel, tour guides, and even airport pick-up & drop-off services. These tours start from various cities like Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver etc. You can check online on if any tours start from your own city.

These tours are good if you are planning for a budget tour to Yellowstone or you are planning a family vacation or group vacation where you can simply sit back and relax and enjoy your travel time.


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Simply pack up the stuff and drive for a good old-fashioned road trip. Yellowstone is easily reachable from just about anywhere in the United States. Interstates 90, 80, 25 and 15 put visitors within close range of the park. From the interstates, visitors must travel on local roads to gain direct access to the park.


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Inside Yellowstone Park, there is a hotbed of campgrounds for both tent and RV camping. Or you can choose from historical lodges with modern conveniences to rustic cabins. The other options are the hotels which are outside the park and might require a little drive to the Park. If you plan on staying inside the park you have to book them way in advance as the cabins, lodges, and campgrounds are very popular and are usually booked. offers tours which include the cabin to stay in Yellowstone.

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Yellowstone has five entrance stations. During the late spring, summer, and fall (year-round for the North-Northeast entrances) park entrances and roads are open 24 hours for entry, exit, and travel. 

Yellowstone Entrance


North Entrance

Open year-round

West Entrance

Open from third Friday in April through early November & tracked-oversnow vehicles (snow coaches and snowmobiles) from December 15 to March 15. 

East Entrance

Open from the third Friday in April through early November, and to tracked-oversnow vehicles (snow coaches and snowmobiles) from December 15 to March 15. 

South Entrance

Open from the second Friday in May through early November and to tracked-over snow vehicles (snow coaches and snowmobiles) from December 15 to March 15

Northeast Entrance

Open year-round

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The best way to travel to Yellowstone National Park is to take guided bus tour packages. As these tours include transportation, hotels, tour guides, so you don't have to worry about how to travel, where to stay, what to see etc. everything is taken care from the start to end. has various bus tour packages which start from different locations from across the United States like Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Yellowstone National Park2, Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver. If your city in not included the easiest way is to fly to any of this location and you can get an airport pick up and drop off facility included in the tour package.

There are various tour durations available ranging from 4 days to 10 days.

Wish you could start your fantastic Yellowstone National Park7!