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Objectivist

Help for Yellowstone Needed

by Objectivist »

I am desperately trying to plan a trip to Yellowstone in the summer of 2015. I know the lodging in the park gets booked early, but it seems as though most of the lodges are already filled. I did not expect it to be filled this soon. Does anyone have any tips on getting a room there? Would a local travel agent or online tour company have access to rooms possibly? My idea was to stay 2 or 3 nights each at a different lodge so that we can see different areas of the park without having to make long drives each day. Is this practical? What about staying right outside the park? I'd like to be able to take sunrise pictures and not have to spend a tremendous amount of time driving to get to the various destinations. Will staying outside the park make this difficult? Any ideas would be appreciated.

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Pauline Frommer

RE: Help for Yellowstone Needed

by Pauline Frommer »

Since Yellowstone is the size of the state of Connecticut, I think it's very wise to stay in a few different lodges so that you can explore one area before moving on to the next. Unfortunately, while the campgrounds do hold some space each night for last-minute visitors, the Lodges do not. However, a lot of folks book and then realize that they have to cancel. So your best bet is to call back every couple of weeks to see if there are cancellations. Yes, there are also lodges near the park and you may want to make cancellable reservations at those just so you have a place to sleep. It's a bit of work, but you'll likely be able to get a lodge room if you stick at it.

Good luck! Yellowstone is worth it. Truly one of the most starkly beautiful, fascinating place on the planet.

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Objectivist

RE: Help for Yellowstone Needed

by Objectivist »

Thanks for the response Pauline. Instead of gambling for lodging at Yellowstone, I have decided to book a trip to Glacier National Park instead and do Yellowstone another year. I have booked 2 lodges in Glacier, one on the eastern side and one on the western side. Do you have any particular tips for a trip to Glacier?

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Pauline Frommer

RE: Help for Yellowstone Needed

by Pauline Frommer »

Hi Objectivist,

I haven't personally been to Glacier. But we just put the new text from our National Parks guidebook up on Frommers.com, so I'd say take a look at what our authors advice is. You can get it free on this site.

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cinnamongirl

RE: Help for Yellowstone Needed

by cinnamongirl »

You will love Glacier National Park. It's my favorite national park in the country (although I have yet to visit Alaska!)

Glacier is a hiker's paradise, although there are plenty other activities such as the Red Jammer Tours, boat rides across the various lakes, rafting and horsebackriding.

Glacier offers ranger-led hikes to some of the most popular trails including Grinnell Glacier and Iceberg Lake. The trail to Grinnell involves taking 2 boat rides across Swiftcurrent Lake and Jonsephone Lake thorugh the Glacier Park Boat Company - which requires purchasing a ticket several days in advance due to the popularity of this hike.

www.hikinginglacier.com/grinnell-glacier.htm

If you plan on doing any hikes that begin at Logan Pass Visitor's Center, be sure to arrive no later than 9:30 - 10AM. The parking lot fills up quickly and the rangers turn people away once the parking lot is full.

When you're driving through St. Mary to get to Many Glacier, be sure to stop at the Park Cafe. Although it changed ownership this past summer, I hear the new owners are still making all the wonderful pies it's known for - plus it also has outdoor seating if you enjoy eating outside.

 

 

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