Monday, October 23, 2017

Yellowstone National Park

I grew up 90 miles from Yellowstone National Park, and some of my favorite childhood memories are of the times we spent here. We camped, we hiked, we took day drips, and so much more. YNP is such a beautiful place full of amazing views, geothermal activity, and wildlife. I'm thankful for all the time I was able to spend here growing up, and I now love to bring my family and show them this amazing place.

Favorites in YNP:
Madison Campground: this was our favorite place to camp in Yellowstone. I have many memories of playing along this river and getting up in the early hours of the morning to stand here and see the elk bugle by the river. 

Artist Paintpots: walking around this area to see the bubbling mudpots, small geysers, and hot springs is pretty cool. 

Old Faithful: this is a fun area to visit to see Old Faithful, a geyser that erupts about every hour, and to visit the Old Faithful Inn, a rustic lodge near the geyser. 

Mammoth Hot Springs: Mammoth is a cute town at the park's north entrance. We've camped here, as well, as spent some time in this cute little town. Most of my memories of this place are of the elk that are always hanging out and walking around town!

Upper and Lower Geyser Basins: the Upper and Lower Geyser Basins are home to some pretty amazing geothermal features. There are good hikes (on a boardwalk) through both of them. The scenery is amazing and just seeing all the geothermal activity is like nothing I have ever seen before!

Bakers Hole Campground: this campground is just a few miles outside of Yellowstone and is an amazing place to stay outside of the park. I have memories of playing along this river as a child too :) On our last trip to Yellowstone, we stopped here and walked around. It is quiet, quaint, and so peaceful. 

West Yellowstone: West Yellowstone is the cutest tourist town and the gateway to Yellowstone National Park. We love to walk around this little town and pop into the cute shops. Our favorites are the candy shop and the Christmas store. We always love attending plays at the Playmill theatre, but our favorite thing to do in West Yellowstone is to visit the Yellowstone Visitor Center and IMAX Theatre.  We have seen some awesome films on both Yellowstone and Alaska. The gift shop that is party of the visitor center and theatre is my favorite! It is full of all kinds of good stuff :)

Driving through the park: one of my favorite things to do is just drive through Yellowstone to look at all the amazing scenery and try to spot wildlife. I remember days as a kid when buffalo lined the road, and we were almost alway guaranteed to see a bear. That isn't so much the case anymore, but it is still fun to look for all the wildlife. 

Food we liked (in West Yellowstone):
Three Bear Restaurant
Beartooth BBQ
Gusher Pizza and Sandwich Shoppe
Rustic Candy Shoppe

If you haven't visited Yellowstone National Park, put it on your list! You won't be disappointed.
picture taken by my dad on his recent fly flishing trip to YNP

Until next time West Yellowstone...