Yellowstone National Park Trip Planner
There are many ways to plan your vacation to Yellowstone National Park. The free and cheapest way is to use our website, or many others, to plan your trip. Yellowstone is so large and diverse, decisions should be made in advance especially if you're camping or staying at one of the many gateway communities. We have a Maps Directory for lodging and campgrounds to help you out there. Casually gazing at a scale map of Yellowstone, it may seem like the gateway communites are an easy half day drive away, and they are. But you must take in consideration driving through a mountain terrain with very large animals around any corner, the average speed limit (35 mph), bear jams, bison jams and people just in general stopping their vehicles in the middle of the road. All this and we're not even talking about the unlimited attractions in the park.
We have the Official Yellowstone National Park Trip Planner, provided by the National Park Service, that along with their map, is available for free at each of the five entrances to the park. You should consider the Trip Planner as a starting point for planning your trip, here's why. Before the internet and all its' devices, your only option was a travel magazine, television, word of mouth or a Trip Planner. Within a little over the last decade, printed media including magazines, brochures and Trip Planners are becoming somewhat archaic and limited. Still they are more covenient then carrying a laptop or tablet around with you while on the road.
Regardless, we have the Official 2014 Yellowstone Trip Planner available for you here from the NPS if you wish to print a hardcopy.
- Start with the Trip Planner.
- Decide what attractions or areas you must see
- Decide on where to stay or camp
- Start your day arriving at the gate, if possible, before 8:00 am.
Our best suggestion, especially if your options are limited to the peak summer season, is to consider a Yellowstone DVD, along with the Trip Planner and maps. This is the least time consuming and most productive way to plan your trip and insure you won't be frustrated during your valuable vacation.