Distance from Denver: 543miles (8.5hrs) ♡
Where to Stay: Old Faithful Inn ($$$) | Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel ($$)
What to Eat: Like Glacier & Grand Tetons, we brought our food
Other Tips: Get the iced mocha at the Old Faithful Lodge | For Old Faithful, grab a seat outside the lodge to avoid crowds; they have benches! | This is worthy for a drive through but we wouldn't go back
What better way than to spend the 4th of July at the nation's first national park? Or so we thought...honestly for as beautiful as Yellowstone is, for the diverse landscapes all encapsulated under one park, we found it quite touristy and underwhelming.
It was Brandon's first time to the park, my second. It was wonderful to see how the park changed and hasn't changed (can you say the road construction to/from Mammoth Hot Springs?!). We did all of the requisite tourist stops as well as some hiking. We saw a ton of bison (no bears?! I'm starting to think that all of those bear signs are lies) and some elk. And a ton of tourists. Like A TON of tourists.
Get started early and you'll save yourself a LOT of annoyance (not to mention time wasted looking for parking spots). We lucked out on our timing (got to the park at 6am, on to the tourist spots by 8am, and finished exploring by 4pm). Honestly you don't need more than a day here...skip over to the Tetons and you'll have a much more enjoyable experience.
I had two highlights here: seeing how excited Brandon got around wildlife and the iced mocha at the Old Faithful Cafeteria. Seriously worth it.
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