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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 on this van tour from West Yellowstone. Learn about its history from your guide, see the many incredible sights it has to offer, and enjoy a delicious lunch. 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.

From Jackson: Yellowstone Day Tour Including Entrance Fee

2. 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 through Grand Teton National Park, all the while taking in impressive views of the Tetons. Enter Yellowstone and begin your tour of the Lower Loop, with stops at popular points of interest, including Old Faithful, the Fountain Paint Pots, Hayden Valley, Yellowstone Lake, Upper & Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon, and possibly more. 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.

From West Yellowstone: Lower Loop Active Van Tour

3. From West Yellowstone: Lower Loop Active Van Tour

Watch wildlife with high-powered spotting scopes and binoculars from the comfort of a van with large windows. Learn all about the area's history and nature as you go. Get picked up at 7:00 AM at your lobby and head out alongside the Madison River. Watch the sky change colors as the morning light hits the mountains. Enjoy a light morning snack and a hot drink of coffee, tea, or cocoa. Hike for just over a mile to the overlook at Grand Prismatic Hot Spring. Marvel at Yellowstone's most photographed hot spring. Next, head for the Historic Old Faithful Inn. See the Old Faithful Geyser erupt and explore the historic building. After the eruption, settle down in a nice picnic spot for lunch. Then, stop to view wildlife in the Hayden Valley along the Yellowstone River. Move onto the final stop at Artist Point to view the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone's Lower Falls. Watch the waterfall plunging over 300 feet in a canyon of bright reds and yellows.

Jackson, Wyoming: Full-Day Yellowstone Lower Loop Tour

4. Jackson, Wyoming: Full-Day Yellowstone Lower Loop Tour

Discover Yellowstone's Lower Loop on a guided day tour from Jackson in an air-conditioned van. Be amazed by the beauty of various natural landmarks, including the Old Faithful Area, the Canyon Area, and Hayden Valley. Begin the tour in downtown Jackson. Head north through Grand Teton National Park on the way to Yellowstone. See all the major points of interest on the Lower Loop, including the Upper Geyser Basin, which is the Old Faithful area, the Midway Geyser Basin, the Firehole Lake Loop, Fountain Paint Pots, Firehole River Canyon, Gibbon Falls, and the Virginia Cascades. Experience the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, including the Upper and Lower Falls, Hayden Valley, Sulphur Cauldron, the Mud Volcano area, and Lake Yellowstone. You will also enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared picnic lunch during the day. Take some short hikes along the many boardwalks within the geyser basins and to the Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. Be on the lookout for local wildlife species.

Jackson: Yellowstone National Park Group Tour & Picnic Lunch

5. Jackson: Yellowstone National Park Group Tour & Picnic Lunch

Discover the diverse wildlife that calls Yellowstone National Park home on this guided tour. Begin by passing through Grand Teton National Park, stopping to view wildlife along the way. Walk at a leisurely pace and enjoy a picnic lunch. Follow along as your guide shares exciting commentary about Old Faithful, Yellowstone Lake, the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Hayden Valley, and several geyser basins. Learn about Yellowstone National Park’s history, geology, wildfires, and wildlife throughout the tour. Tuck into a picnic-style lunch served by your guide. Enjoy personalized attention and a leisurely walking pace as you explore numerous pathways and boardwalks throughout the day while observing the park and wildlife.

From Cody: Full-Day Yellowstone National Park Tour

6. From Cody: Full-Day Yellowstone National Park Tour

Discover the natural wonders in Yellowstone on this full-day tour from Cody in an air-conditioned car. See the pristine waters of the largest alpine lake in the world, Yellowstone Lake. Watch Old Faithful, erupt in the Upper Geyser Basin. Enjoy snacks and bottled water on your trip. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Cody. Sit back and relax on the drive in a comfortable and spacious vehicle. Pass by the crystal clear waters of Yellowstone Lake as you take the Grand Loop Road between the Fishing Bridge and Grant Village. Keep an eye out for grizzly bears and bald eagles on your way to your first stop at the Fishing Bridge where hundreds of native Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout come to spawn. Take a walk on the bridge and breathe in the fresh air. Continue to your next stop at Dragon's Mouth Springs where you can go for a short stroll on the boardwalk to view the hydrothermal Mud Volcano. Head to Hayden Valley to look for herds of bison, elk, moose, packs of gray wolves. Find out why many of America's famous artists came to Yellowstone's Grand Canyon at Artist Point. Gaze out at the stunning canyon that is 20 miles long and a 1000 feet deep. Make your way to the Canyon Visitor Education Center for a shopping and coffee break. Take in the rich scenery as you ride along the Virginia Cascade Drive and see the pristine waters of the slow moving Gibbon River. Have the option to stop here and eat the packed lunch that you brought. Witness the otherworldly features of Norris Geyser Basin in the hottest, most acidic and most dynamic part of Yellowstone. Observe the roaring waters of Firehole Falls and the stunning natural surroundings of Firehole canyon. Make your way to one of the most trafficked spots in Yellowstone, the Grand Prismatic Spring. View the vibrant colors in the worlds largest hot spring. Travel to the largest of the predictable geysers in the world, Old Faithful. Feel the thrill of watching it erupt. Spend 1.5 hours of free time souvenir shopping or getting some food. Get tips on where to go during your free time from your guide. Finish, with a stop at the West Thumb Geyser Basin, the only geyser area located directly on the shores of Yellowstone Lake. Return to your accommodation in Cody.

Gardiner: Yellowstone River Whitewater Rafting Experience

7. Gardiner: Yellowstone River Whitewater Rafting Experience

Experience rafting in one of the remote areas along the Yellowstone River. Your guides will travel down the rapids and floating sections of the river with you before you’re taken back to your meeting point at the end of the trip.After meeting at the departure point, you'll get fully geared up for rafting. All equipment is included. Once you're all geared up, you'll be transported by bus to the river entrance where you will meet your river guide.From there, your experience begins as you paddle and splash along 8 miles of gorgeous river. There is a splendid mixture of rapids and calm floating sections to appease every adventure level. You'll be picked up 2 hours later and taken back to the meeting point where you'll have access to changing room facilities and view the rafting images taken of you and your crew.

From West Yellowstone: Lamar Valley Wildlife Tour by Van

8. From West Yellowstone: Lamar Valley Wildlife Tour by Van

Join a local guide to spot bears, wolves, bison, pronghorn, and more. Relax in a comfortable van with huge windows, and take in all the wildlife the Lamar Balley has to offer. Get picked up at 6:00 AM from your lobby. Start your adventure spotting wildlife along the Madison River in the early morning hours. Watch the sky change colors as the morning light hits the mountains. After scoping for wildlife on Dunraven Pass, enter the Lamar Valley for Yellowstone's most sought-after megafauna sightings. Enjoy a light morning snack and a hot drink of coffee, tea, or cocoa, while watching wolves through a high-powered spotting scope. Find bears on the mountainside with your binoculars. Look out for herds of bison and pronghorn as your van gets to places where a bus simply can't go. Enjoy a hearty picnic lunch in the world's first National Park. Stop to view wildlife at Mammoth Hot Springs before heading to Norris Geyser Basin, home to the world's tallest geyser. Take in the sights of the Gibbon River on the way back toward West Yellowstone, stopping for additional wildlife sightings along the way.

Jackson: 2-Day Yellowstone National Park Tour with Lunches

9. Jackson: 2-Day Yellowstone National Park Tour with Lunches

Explore Yellowstone National Park in its entirety on this 2-day guided tour. Discover the highlights of the park including the Old Faithful Area, Norris Geyser Basin, Lake Yellowstone, and a wide variety of natural landmarks. Enjoy included pickup and lunches. 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, 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. Visit all major points of interest, and enjoy 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

Lamar Valley: Safari Hiking Tour with Lunch

10. Lamar Valley: Safari Hiking Tour with Lunch

Meet the guide at the Lamar River Trailhead at 8 am. Gear up with packs, trekking poles, binoculars, and bear spray while enjoying a morning snack and hot drink (coffee/tea/cocoa). Hit the trail for a hike in the Serengeti of North America after a brief safety presentation. Spot wildlife like bison, pronghorn, bear, wolf, elk, birds, and more with binoculars from the trail. Hike across the Lamar Valley to the Lamar River for a picnic lunch riverside. Stop to smell the sage along the way. Be immersed in Native American history while taking in the miles and miles of vast scenery. Follow your guide on bison trails in the world's first National Park.

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 725 reviews

Shane was the perfect guide to start our trip in Yellowstone. He was so fun, kind, and accommodating. Shane made sure that everyone in the group go to experience everything that they were looking to do in Yellowstone. It’s easy to see that every tour he give is unique to the group he is touring which is amazing. Shane was a wealth of knowledge and amazing to learn from. He timed everything in the trip perfectly. My partner and I had a great experience with Shane and the other couples in our group. I would 100% recommend this as a start to your adventure in Yellowstone!

Our guide, David, was very pleasant and knowledgeable with a bit a humor. David seemed just the right fit for us. His partner/wife was also pleasant and contributed with her own pieces of knowledge at times. I would do the tour with them again as guides. Excellent

The trip was excellent and the guide(Jeff) was extremely informative and considerate of everyone on the tour. We had plenty of time to enjoy the park and we’re provided with excellent information about the park and it’s animals and sights.

Pick Ben. He was so knowledgeable about the history of Yellowstone. Very familiar with all the important sites. He was just mainly a friendly guy that everyone would want to have as your friend

It was money well spent. Ben was excellent. I don't like having to select partner for my traveling companion when I was with my wife of 50 years