Yellowstone: An Epic Long Weekend
Collected by Diana Smith
Known for its abundant wildlife and geothermal features, the nearly 3,500 square miles of Yellowstone National Park offer something at every turn. From canyons and mountains to geysers and gem-colored pools, in even just a few days you will find plenty to see.
Heart Lake, Wyoming 82190, USA
Facing off against the wild Wyoming backcountry is a tremendous experience, though proper preparation and certain precautions are important when considering any backcountry day trip or overnight pack adventure in Yellowstone. The park service runs...
Upper Geyser Basin, Wyoming 82190, USA
The Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park is best known for Old Faithful, one of the most regular geyser spouts in the world. This area is home to at least 26 named geysers as well as many more geothermal pools. The area has boardwalks...
The Hayden Valley, where this picture was taken, is known for some of the best wildlife viewing in Yellowstone National Park. Thousands of bison, elk, grizzly bears, and coyote call the valley home and can be seen on the stretches of open land,...
Artist Point, Wyoming 82190, USA
This was my absolute favorite place in Yellowstone. Sorry to say, this photo definitely doesn't capture the scale or the splendor or the rich color of this spot. I'm not sure any photo ever could. You'll just have to witness it for yourself. I...
Yellowstone River, United States
Yellowstone is the original spreading ground of tall tales, and nothing inspires exaggerated boasts like fishing. Wading into chest-deep water and tossing a fly out over a raging river in an effort to land a cutthroat trout is a quintessential...
Sapphire Pool, Wyoming 82190, USA
The brilliant blue color of Yellowstone National Park's Sapphire Pool looks like the perfect hot tub for chilly winter park visitors. Sadly, its pristine waters reach temperatures of 200-plus degrees. A little too hot for a soak, but when the wind...
Sheepeater Cliffs, Wyoming 82190, USA
Yogi Bear is spoiled for choices when it comes to snatching picnic baskets; Yellowstone has 52 designated picnic sites scattered throughout the park. Each site has picnic tables and most have vault toilets, while camping stoves and self-contained...
63960 Gallatin Rd, Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730, USA
An exciting way to get outdoors and enjoy the rugged Montana scenery is from your raft seat on a wild and raging river. Montana Whitewater Raft Company offers trips down the Yellowstone, Gallatin and Madison Rivers; each river offering different...
890 Buttermilk Creek Rd, West Yellowstone, MT 59758, USA
Few luxury experiences can top glamping in Montana. Sleeping out under the stars in the most spectacular tent you've ever seen as water rips along the river at your back, wolves howl in the distance, and open country surrounds you is one of those...
3840 US-89, Livingston, MT 59047, USA
An hour outside of Bozeman and just 30 miles from Yellowstone National Park is the Yellowstone Valley Lodge. Owned by the O'Reilly family (the auto parts giant), this place used to be a rundown fly-fishing camp. They put a touch of TLC into the...
Yellowstone National Park, 3200 Old Faithful Inn Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA
Old Faithful Inn was built in 1903-1904 with local logs and stone, the Inn is considered the largest log structure in the world. The towering lobby features a massive stone fireplace and a hand-crafted clock made of copper, wood and wrought iron...
120 E Park St, Gardiner, MT 59030, USA
Town Cafe overlooks the entrance to Yellowstone, and as such is pretty much the last stop before entering the park - which means that during the summer months, it's one of the busiest breakfast joints in the West, with staff serving corned beef...
202 Main St, Gardiner, MT 59030, USA
Once you've finished snapping a dozen photos of the exterior of iconic K-Bar, you'll eventually wander inside, where you'll find yourself at the mercy of some fine Montana pizza pie. Enduringly popular with Yellowstone lovers, K-Bar has a happy,...
404 Scott St W, Gardiner, MT 59030, USA
If you're en route to Yellowstone via Gardiner, chances are that you'll zip past the Yellowstone Grill's cute little patio, and wonder to yourself when you'll see another like it - after several long hours in the car, you'll wish you had stopped...
107 S 2nd St, Gardiner, MT 59030, USA
The Two Bit Saloon is one of those iconic buildings you pass every time you stop in Gardiner to stock up on supplies for your Yellowstone expedition, but when you finally do venture inside, you wonder what took so long. Two Bit features live music...
Cafe! Books! Bakery! Internet! Hiking Tours! Cross-Country Skiing! Grizzly Bears! Ah, Tumbleweeds Cafe - is there anything you don't do? Outfitter, diner, curio shop; Tumbleweeds really shouldn't be missed the next time you roll through Gardiner...
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