With the way our world is changing at such a rapid pace it is becoming harder and harder to find unique once in a lifetime adventures at a reasonable price. Places that have been relatively untouched by man and haven't been commercialized or ruined by strip malls, restaurants and gas stations on every corner. If this sounds like you idea of a good time there is at least one place that still offers grand adventures in many forms and a step back in time, our very own Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone was the nation's first national park and was established in March of 1872. Since then it has been visited by millions of people and grows more popular with each passing year. If you have considered visiting this beautiful park for yourself it is highly recommended. One of the easiest ways to do this is by finding one of the many Yellowstone vacation packages. Vacation packages for Yellowstone come in many forms because of the wide variety of activities available in this part of the world brought on by the changing seasons. For more information on staying at Yellowstone and some of the vacation packages available just keep reading.
Where is Yellowstone National Park?
This may seem like a silly question but it is more common than you would think. Most people know many of the main attractions of the park for example the geothermal features like Old Faithful and Yellowstone hot springs and the many types of wild life like the bison, elk and grey wolves but if your fascination with Yellowstone National Park is fairly new then you may not have given much thought to its location which is something you may want to consider if you are planning to vacation there. Yellowstone is located in the Northwestern corner of the United States it covers 3,472 square miles and spans three states Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. There are five entrances into the park one to the north in Gardiner, Montana which is the only entrance that is open year round the other four are open twenty four hours a day seven days a week during the normal tourist season that starts in mid April and end in the beginning of November. The other four entrances are located in the following places, one to the south in Moran, Wyoming, one to the east in Cody, Wyoming, one to the west in West Yellowstone, Montana, and one in the northeast in Silver Gate, Montana. To enter you will need to purchase an entrance pass either at the time of your arrival at one of the entrance stations or in advance online at store.usgs.gov/pass.
Yellowstone Park Lodging
As with everything in Yellowstone Park you have many lodging options to choose from everything from sleeping under the stars at one of the many campsites and RV parks to staying in a cabin or at one of the many hotels or lodges which can be broken down into two groups the first group being for summer visits and the second being for winter visits. The most requested lodging facility in the park is the famous national historic landmark, Old Faithful Inn. Built in 1904 the Old Faithful Inn sits next the even more famous geyser for which it gets its name. There are many different rooms available in the Inn from suites and semi suite to the most basic of rooms with shared bathrooms. The Inn also has its own full service restaurant, deli and gift store. All lodging arrangements and reservations in the park are handled by an outside company and are the official Yellowstone National Park lodging concessionaire.
Hotels in Yellowstone National Park
If you prefer to stay in a hotel you have two choices Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. Lake Yellowstone Hotel was built in 1890 but was restored in 1990 and know has the look and feel of the historic 1920's. Dates of operation are from late May to late September. Room options range from presidential suites and lake side rooms to standard and handicap accessible. The Mammoth Hot Spring Hotel is the only hotel that is open year round. There is nothing fancy about the hotel simply the basics with affordable prices. Each of the two hotels has many small cabins available and can be somewhat cheaper than the actual rooms. A good place to find reviews of the many hotels and lodges of Yellowstone is Tripadvisor.com
Yellowstone Vacation Packages
Now that the basics are out of the way here are some the vacation packages available at the park. Vacation packages are broken down based on the time of the year and then broken down further in three categories Adventure Packages, Getaway Packages and Lodging and Learning. Adventure packages for summer include Yellowstone couples, Classic Yellowstone and The Total Yellowstone. Winter adventure packages include Trail of the Wolf plus the two getaway options Frosty Fun and Nordic Heaven. Other packages available in the Lodging and Learning include Spring Wolf and Bear, Fall Wolf and Elk Discovery and Old Faithful Winter Expedition plus many more. One last thing that should be mentioned for those that love photography is the winter photography workshop that began in 2005. More detailed information like prices, dates and how to make reservations can be found about each of these packages plus the many others not mentioned at Yellowstonenationalparklodges.com. The packages listed here are just scratching the surface of what is available. Most of the vacation packages you will find are organized by people and companies that have no affiliation with the park itself. And even more options can be found that fall outside the boundaries of the park things like hunting, fishing and horseback riding packages. One site worth checking out for these types of activities is Beartoothoutfitters.com.
Yellowstone Park Map and Other Information
As you can tell the activities at Yellowstone National Park are endless and well worth the time and money. You can find more information and things like a printable Yellowstone Park map at the official park web site nps.gov/yell. Or you can purchase one of the many books on Yellowstone for example Yellowstone Treasures: The Traveler's Companion to the National Park available at Amazon.com for less than $20.00. In this book you will find all the details of the park in one handy place that can go with you on your trip. So hopefully with the information you have learned here you can begin to plan the adventure of you life.