- By John
- On Oct 23, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
You really need to give yourself at least three to four days to get in some hikes and see more of the remote areas with the West Yellowstone tours. If you have a week and love to hike, you could certainly spend all your time in Yellowstone. But for families, I’d recommend splitting a week between Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone.
Tips for Visiting Yellowstone with Kids
If you do stay in the park, you may want to split your time between two sections to minimize the driving. While there are tons of services around Old Faithful and the Old Faithful Inn is a landmark, I found that area too crowded and less “National Park-like.” If I were to do it again, I’d stay a couple of days near the beautiful Yellowstone Lake, and then another couple of days up in Mammoth Springs. The elk like to come and graze on the town lawns, making for a great viewing experience.
When you are planning your day, keep in mind that driving through the park takes a lot longer than you plan. Not only are there speed limits and single lane roads, but you can encounter slow RVs, animal traffic jams, and scenic viewpoints that will entice you to make unplanned stops along the way.
Keep in mind that there is very little cellular service in the park. If you are relying on your phone’s GPS, be sure to set your destination at one of the few spots in the park where you can get service, like Old Faithful or West Yellowstone. The nice part of that is that you can actually spend unplugged family time during your drives and hikes.