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West Yellowstone: Yellowstone Park Tour with Local Guide

1. West Yellowstone: Yellowstone Park Tour with Local Guide

Immerse yourself in the landscape and wildlife of the Yellowstone National Park. Learn about its history from your guide, see the many incredible sights it has to offer, and enjoy a delicious lunch on this trip from West Yellowstone. Depart from West Yellowstone, Montana at 8:30 AM and enter Yellowstone National Park through the West Gate. Tour the Lower Loop with stops at notable points of interest including Old Faithful and the Geyser Basins. See sights like the Grand Prismatic Spring, Fountain Paint Pots, Artist Point, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and Hayden Valley. Throughout, also enjoy many great views of Yellowstone Lake. Learn about the Park from your knowledgeable guide, including its geothermal features, geology, and wildlife. Enjoy numerous photos of the surroundings and wildlife and, at the mid-point of the tour, a delicious picnic-style lunch. The tour concludes at 5:30 PM back in West Yellowstone.

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Jackson: Private Yellowstone Snowmobile Tour to Old Faithful

2. Jackson: Private Yellowstone Snowmobile Tour to Old Faithful

Explore Yellowstone National Park on a snowmobile winter adventure. Get picked up early in the morning at your lodging in Jackson Hole area and head to the South Entrance of Yellowstone. Enjoy a tasty grab and go breakfast and get outfitted with your snowmobile gear. Along the way to Yellowstone, pass through the Grand Teton National Park, with breathtaking views of Teton Range.  Once in Yellowstone, travel the 45 miles of groomed trail to Old Faithful, making several stops to view wildlife and breathtaking winter panoramas. Discover Moose Falls, Lewis Canyon, Lewis Falls, and West Thumb Geyser Basin. Then, head to the largest concentration of geysers and hotspots in the park, where you will experience the super-heated water erupt skywards from the world-famous Old Faithful. Enjoy lunch here before continuing on your adventure. Return to your lodging around 6:00 PM.

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Jackson: Private Yellowstone Snowcoach Tour to Old Faithful

3. Jackson: Private Yellowstone Snowcoach Tour to Old Faithful

Set off on a wintery tour of Yellowstone National Park, chauffeured by an experienced, knowledgable guide in a comfortable and warm snowcoach, a specialized vehicle designed to operate in snow. Starting from Jackson or Teton Village, drive up to the South Entrance of Yellowstone, passing through the Grand Teton National Park and taking in breathtaking views of Grand Tetons along the way.  There will be plenty of chance for spotting wildlife and taking scenic photographs while en route. Then, proceed to Yellowstone National Park. Travel 45 miles on groomed trail before arriving at Old Faithful, making several stops along the way, with the opportunity to get out and walk around. Points of interest may include Moose Falls, Lewis Canyon, Lewis Falls, and West Thumb Geyser Basin. Watch as the magical and world-famous Old Faithful erupts. Stop for lunch before continuing your adventure. Return to your accommodation in the evening.

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From Jackson: Yellowstone Day Tour Including Entrance Fee

4. From Jackson: Yellowstone Day Tour Including Entrance Fee

Explore Yellowstone National Park with a local guide. Take in breathtaking views of incredible landscapes and learn about the local wildlife as you stop at iconic points of interest. The tour covers over 250 miles, promising to be a full, exciting, and memorable day.  Your tour departs from Teton Village and Jackson, Wyoming between 6:15 AM and 6:45 AM. Head north past the Hayden Valley and through Grand Teton National Park, all the while taking in impressive views of the Tetons. Enter Yellowstone through the South Gate and then begin your tour of the Lower Loop, with stops at the popular points of interest, including Old Faithful and the Geyser Basin, the Yellowstone Lake and Paint Pots, Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon, and the Grand Canyon. Stop and photograph wildlife and beautiful scenery throughout the day. At the midpoint of the tour, enjoy a delicious, picnic-style lunch. During the tour, your guide will educate you on the many features of Yellowstone, including the history of the park, its geothermal features, geology, wildlife, and more. Your tour concludes between 6:30 PM and 7:30 PM back in Jackson or Teton Village.

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Yellowstone National Park: 2-Day Guided Tour with Lunches

5. Yellowstone National Park: 2-Day Guided Tour with Lunches

Explore Yellowstone National Park in its entirety on this 2-day guided tour. You’ll start out from Jackson, Wyoming, and head north on the first day through Yellowstone, taking in about half of the park. Spend the night at the historic Chico Hot Springs Resort located to the north of the park, or at a cozy hotel in the charming town of Gardiner. On the second day you’ll head south to see the rest of Yellowstone, ultimately returning to Jackson, Wyoming in the evening. Your tour includes the Upper and Lower loops of Yellowstone National Park. All major points of interest will be visited, and you’ll have a number of opportunities to take short hikes on boardwalks in many of the Geyser Basins and within the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Major points of interest include: •Upper Geyser Basin (the Old Faithful Area)•Midway Geyser Basin•Firehole Lake Loop•Fountain Paint Pots•Firehole River Canyon•Gibbon Falls •Artist Paint Pots•Norris Geyser Basin•Roaring Mountain•Gardiner's Hole•The Golden Gate•The Hoodoos•Mammoth Hot Springs Terrace•Gardiner River•The Boiling River•Roosevelt Arch•Undine Falls•Blacktail Plateau•Petrified Tree•Roosevelt area•Lamar Valley•Tower Falls•Dunraven Pass•Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (upper and lower falls)•Hayden Valley•Sulphur Cauldron•Mud Volcano Area•Fishing Bridge•Lake Yellowstone

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From Gardiner: Yellowstone National Park Guided Hiking Tour

6. From Gardiner: Yellowstone National Park Guided Hiking Tour

Venture into the pristine wilderness that makes Yellowstone so special on a guided hike with a naturalist guide. Customize the day to your needs, from conditions to mileage, and difficulty level. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast and lunch. Witness up close how animals live in this beautiful landscape and what their relationships are like with the other animals and plants around them. Explore a stream bank and look out for bird nests, animal tracks, or even the work of local beavers. Feel safe and comfortable as you enjoy the best that Yellowstone has to offer. Appreciate the wild beauty and landscapes on this tailored hike, specific to your needs and fitness level.

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From Salt Lake City: Yellowstone and Tetons Parks in 4 Days

7. From Salt Lake City: Yellowstone and Tetons Parks in 4 Days

Day one Grand Tetons National Park The Grand Tetons Mountain Range rises above a scene rich with abundant wildlife, pristine lakes, and spectacular mountain peaks. Take a walk to Inspiration Point or enjoy a scenic stroll around Jenny Lake while gazing up in awe at the surrounding landscape. Have a picnic, spot and moose or even a grizzly bear and enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place. Camp inside Grand Teton national park. Day two Yellowstone National Park The crown jewel of the National Parks! The world’s first national park. A mountain wilderness, home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of buffalo and elk. Visit Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic Pool, Yellowstone Canyon, explore geysers throughout both the North and South loop. Spend two days exploring this huge and fascinating national park with your expert Guide. Don’t forget your bathing suit for a soak in Mammoths natural hot springs! Camp inside Yellowstone national park. Day three Yellowstone National Park Continue to discover Yellowstone with your guide. Go on hikes ranging from easy to moderate and 2 to 5 miles (3 to 8 km) in length, and see more spectacular volcanic features. Your guide will tailor hikes to your group's abilities and interests. Camp inside Yellowstone national park. Day four Yellowstone National Park and Rocky Mountains Get up close and personal with some wildlife with a fun and educational visit to the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear and Wolf Discovery Center this morning. This afternoon head back to Salt Lake City for your drop off at approx 4pm. This tour departs and ends in Salt Lake City.

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Yellowstone National Park: Self-Driving Audio Guided Tour

8. Yellowstone National Park: Self-Driving Audio Guided Tour

Get the most out of Yellowstone with this all-in-one tour, audio guide and map. Go at your own pace and discover the towering geysers, prismatic hot springs, and astonishing wildlife which captivate the American imagination. Follow the Grand Loop accompanied by your audio guide. Marvel at incredible points of interest along with the way. Hear the stories and history of this fascinating place, and enjoy additional text and video to make each stop come alive. Discover how to get up close and personal with geysers like the world-famous Old Faithful. Marvel at jets of boiling water bursting from the earth, and hear the geological science behind this phenomenon. Visit steaming hot springs like Grand Prismatic. See radiating bands of brilliant color, bubbling paint pots like Fountain, and sparkling waterfalls like the Gibbon Falls. Get the inside track on birdwatching, as well as the best places to catch elk, bison, grizzlies or wolves. Let your expert audio guide be by your side as you discover the wildlife and nature of this incredible place.

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Grand Teton & Yellowstone: 4-Day Nature Tour with Lodging

9. Grand Teton & Yellowstone: 4-Day Nature Tour with Lodging

Visit Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks on an African safari-style program that takes you on wildlife tours during the optimum hours for wildlife sighting, and takes you to see the major natural highlights of the parks. Accommodation with breakfast is included. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Grand Teton Dusk Adventure Start by meeting your guide at the Parkway Inn or Lexington Hotel, depending on tour dates, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and head out on a 4-hour Grand Teton dusk adventure. Accommodation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming Day 2: Grand Teton and Yellowstone Wildlife Your wildlife adventure will begin early to maximize wildlife viewing in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Sightings on this day may include grizzly and black bears, eagles, elk, bison, wolves, pronghorn, and moose. This will also be a day filled with history, park landmarks, and world-famous scenery in Grand Teton and Yellowstone's Hayden Valley.  Lodge accommodation: Cody, Wyoming (near East Yellowstone Entrance). Day 3: Yellowstone National Park Wildlife and Scenic Upper Loop Adventure You’ll depart early to view wildlife on the way to the home of the first re-introduced wolves of Yellowstone. En route you’ll visit the beautiful Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and possibly see grizzly, black bear, wolves, coyotes, eagles, elk, bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and much more! Lodge accommodation in Cooke City, Montana Day 4: Wildlife Viewing in the American Serengeti and Old Faithful The final day of touring will primarily focus on the major wildlife (wolves and grizzlies) in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley and the famous Yellowstone geyser basins, including visits to Mammoth Hot Springs and Old Faithful. The tour ends in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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7-Day Yellowstone National Park Rocky Mountain Explorer

10. 7-Day Yellowstone National Park Rocky Mountain Explorer

Day 1 — Las Vegas to Bryce Canyon National Park via Cedar Breaks Drive through Cedar Breaks to the 10,000 ft. summit and take in spectacular views of ancient lava flows and the Sevier River Valley below. Arrive at Bryce Canyon National Park just in time for a delicious picnic lunch before a full afternoon of hiking. Take a relaxing stroll along the rim of the world-famous amphitheater or a hike deep into the depths of the canyon and get up close and personal with the hoodoos that make up this unique landscape. Attend a talk by a ranger and learn about the geology of this fascinating park. Spend the evening around the campfire and after an all-American BBQ, enjoy a soak in the outdoor hot tub under the stars. Day 2 — Bryce Canyon to Salt Lake City Day 2 takes you north to Salt Lake City Utah, home of the tabernacle choir, for an afternoon of exploring Mormon Pioneer history. Visit the magnificent Salt Lake Mormon Temple and see the State Capital Building with founder Brigham Young’s Territorial Governor’s Mansion. Stay overnight in Hotel Shilo Inn or similar. Day 3 — Grand Tetons National Park The Grand Tetons Mountain Range rises above a scene rich in wildlife, with pristine lakes and spectacular mountain peaks. Take a walk to Inspiration Point or enjoy a scenic stroll around Jenny Lake while gazing up at the surrounding landscape. Have a picnic, spot moose or even a grizzly bear and enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place. Camp overnight by the river at Camp Snake River KOA Days 4 and 5 — Yellowstone National Park The crown jewel and the world’s first national park, Yellowstone is a mountain wilderness home to grizzly bears, wolves and herds of buffalo and elk. Visit Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic Pool, as well as Yellowstone Canyon, then explore geysers throughout both the North and South loop. Spend 2 days exploring this enormous national park with your expert guide. Don’t forget your bathing suit for a soak in Mammoth's natural hot springs. Camp in West Yellowstone. Day 6 — Rocky Mountains Visit Yellowstone's Grizzly Bear and Wolf Discovery Center before enjoying more spectacular Rocky Mountain scenery. The Rocky Mountains offer phenomenal views in the afternoon, a perfect spot for one last walk and a last night BBQ blowout. Spend the night in Rocky Mountain Campground. Day 7 Visit Valley of Fire State Park en-route back to Las Vegas and explore impressive sandstone formations, where many famous movies were filmed. A late afternoon return to Las Vegas leaves you with plenty of time to relax before a night out on the town. Additional tours: Death Valley Day Tour (Friday and Sunday) Tour the heart of Death Valley National Park from Las Vegas and visit the hottest, driest and lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. Enjoy an array of colors in an extreme desert environment. Wild West Ghost Town Explorer (Saturday) Spend a day in the Wild West exploring old ghost towns and ancient legends. Keep your eyes peeled for the poltergeist who still roams the streets and soak up the atmosphere of a true western saloon before returning to Las Vegas.

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Insider tips: Planning a trip to Yellowstone National Park

Jurga Rubinovaite is an avid traveler, photographer, and chief adventure planner behind the popular family travel blog Full Suitcase. On her blog, you can find more information and all the details for planning a trip to Yellowstone.

What should I do on my first trip to Yellowstone National Park?

Yellowstone National Park is best-known for its geothermal activity, beautiful nature, and wildlife. And while there are many great things to do in Yellowstone, the absolute must-sees are the Old Faithful Geyser, the Grand Prismatic Spring, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. If you have time, be sure to drive through Hayden Valley and/or Lamar Valley - these are the best areas to see bison, bears, and other wildlife.

What are some hidden gems to see in Yellowstone National Park?

Yellowstone has so many natural wonders that most visitors don't even cover all of the ‘musts’. But if you have the time to explore deeper, some of our favorite lesser-visited places in Yellowstone include Lone Star Geyser, Hwy 212 east of Lamar Valley (+ Beartooth Highway outside the park!), and Boiling River, a warm geothermal river where you can swim in!

How much time should I spend in Yellowstone National Park?

While you can see the main highlights of Yellowstone in a day or two, ideally, you plan 3-4 days for Yellowstone National Park. This will allow you to visit all the main geyser basins, explore the best viewpoints of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, drive to Lamar Valley, and do a couple of short hikes or outdoor activities such as kayaking on Yellowstone Lake or rafting nearby. Add another day or two for the nearby Grand Teton National Park. See suggested Yellowstone itinerary.

What is the best way to get around Yellowstone National Park?

The best way to travel around Yellowstone is by car or by joining a tour. Yellowstone National Park is huge and there is no public transport inside the park. In high season, be sure to rent a car well in advance. If you are traveling in winter, keep in mind that most of the park roads are closed, but some areas are open to ‘oversnow’ travel, so you can visit Yellowstone by snowmobile or snowcoach.

What are the best months to visit Yellowstone National Park?

The best months to visit Yellowstone are between late spring and early autumn - from mid-May to mid-October. That’s when most roads and facilities in the park are open and everything is accessible. If you are looking for a very unique experience, you can also visit Yellowstone in winter. The best time for winter travel is between mid-December and the end of February.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Yellowstone National Park?

The best place to stay for visiting Yellowstone is accommodation inside the park itself. There are several historic lodges including the famous Old Faithful Inn and Lake Yellowstone Hotel, but one of the nicest and best-located are the Canyon Lodges. However, Yellowstone accommodation is usually fully booked more than a year in advance. The best places to stay near the park are West Yellowstone or Gardiner. Here you can find more tips and information for where to stay in and near Yellowstone.

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What people are saying about Yellowstone National Park

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 403 reviews

The tour was excellent! From pick up to drop off our guide (Nate) was incredible. Nate was extremely knowledge about everything Yellowstone and wildlife related. I don’t think there was a question our group asked him that he did not know. He was also great at getting us to see as much wildlife as possible in the park. I would recommend the tour and Nate to anyone looking to explore the park and get the most out of the amazing sights and animals of Yellowstone.

Truly one of the best days ever. Stone was an excellent guide, and because we were the last group of the season (no traffic!) we got some bonus stops—-saw a grizzly, bison, elk, trumpeter swans, moose, eagles….it was incredible. We would never have been able to cover all that ground by ourselves. Worth every penny!!

Had an incredible time. Our guide was very knowledgeable and had a passion for her job which made the experience unforgettable.

Excellent experiences with tour and Andrew’s knowledge and other activities explore in Jackson

Neil was an awesome guide! Would highly recommend this tour!