Is staying in West Yellowstone worth it?
Any time of the year, West Yellowstone truly is an ideal place to base your Yellowstone adventure. With an abundance of lodging accommodations, RV parks, and campgrounds, it's the easiest way to spend the night.
What entrance to Yellowstone is best?
East Entrance. Cody, Wyoming, is likely the most economical choice for a trip to Yellowstone. It's 53 miles from the East Entrance — hence the budget-friendlier price tag — and yet still offers the best access to Yellowstone Lake.
What town should I stay in when visiting Yellowstone?
To quickly and easily access the Yellowstone National Park North Entrance, you'll want to stay in Gardiner, Montana. Every year there seems to be more north Yellowstone hotels. Gardiner is still a small town, but like many towns at the gateway to National Parks, it is packed with tourist amenities.
You need a minimum of three full days to see the top sights in Yellowstone. Since Yellowstone is so large, you will potentially spend several hours each day driving from sight to sight. Add in extra time for wildlife sightings, animal traffic jams, and maybe even circling the parking lots midday for an empty space.
During the summer season, cars are the best option for taking a trip around Yellowstone unless you are riding with a bus tour or concessionaire that provides transportation. The Grand Loop takes between 4 to 7 hours to drive in full.
West Yellowstone is at the west gate, Gardiner is at the north gate. Try to stay 3 nights at least if you can. If you do decide to go with in-park lodging, keep checking the Xanterra site for cancellations, altho with your requirements you might not be happy with staying in the park. 2.
Canyon and Lake are the most central locations in the park, and West Yellowstone and Gardiner are the closest gateway towns if you prefer being outside the park.
Because West Entrance is the closest to most attractions, including Old Faithful geyser, it is by far the most popular entrance. Due to its popularity, you'll find that there can often be long lines here, some that snake all the way into the town of West Yellowstone!