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Gardiner Things to Do

  • Roosevelt Arch

    Roosevelt Arch is the north entrance's gateway into Yellowstone National Park. This is the original entrance into the park. Visitors would take the train into Montana, and ride in stagecoaches to this entrance. This Arch was created in 1903. President Theodore Roosevelt was visiting the park at the time. He placed the cornerstone for the arch,...

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  • White Water Rafting

    Took a family white water rafting trip with Wild West Rafting on the Yellowstone River. Nice clean water, lots of big splashes - had an awesome time, the highlight of our Yellowstone Trip. The guide was great and its a kid friendly river.

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    Roosevelt Arch is the north entrance's gateway into Yellowstone National Park. This is the original entrance into the park. Visitors would take the train into Montana, and ride in stagecoaches to this entrance. This Arch was created in 1903. President Theodore Roosevelt was visiting the park at the time. He placed the cornerstone for the arch,...

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  • Main Strip

    As you enter Gardiner after exiting Yellowstone National park thought the Roosevelt arch, the road curves around and plops you right onto a one sided drag(wouldn't want to obstruct views of the park now) which is full of resturants and gift shops. Take a stroll down the strip, it only takes a few moments. There is a great little western shop to buy...

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  • Gallatin National Forest

    For our wedding favors, I wanted to get the guests something I found to be useful, not just another bag of Jordan Almonds or some awful figurine they would throw out. So I bought them the gift of life, I planted trees for each one of them. Now the coincidence is this, I bought the trees through the Arbor Day Foundation, they choose the location,...

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  • Roosevelt Arch

    The arch was designed by the same architect that designed the Old Faithful Inn, Robert Reamer.President Theodore Roosevelt dedicated the arch to the people in a speech on April 24, 1903. "The Yellowstone Park is something absolutely unique in the world....This Park was created and is now administered for the benefit and enjoyment of the...

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Gardiner Restaurants

  • Best steak in the West

    We asked a local where to eat good yet cheap and he recommended the Two Bit Saloon. The place is a dive localed on 2nd street in Gardnier. There were a couple young guys tending the outside grill, low key alternative music was playing on a boom box. I choose a 9 oz rib eye but when it came it looked more like 12-16oz. Maybe they were out of the...

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  • old fashioned breakfast

    I know it's supposed to be a historic building, but this place was kinda dumpy if you ask me. It was like an ancient VFW hall or something, just dingy with weird, random, paraphenalia hanging on the one wall. The resturant is behind the gift shop. They were super understaffed when we were there. This was not the "Loft" resturant, which is supposed...

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  • delightful dinner

    We wandered into the Park Street Grill and Cafe on our first night in Gardiner. We just squeeked in before closing time. The resturant is only open in the summer time, and closes about 10pm. The room is done with a light wood interior, it is quite spacious inside. We were ushered to a little nook of a booth towards the back. Although the booth...

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Gardiner Shopping

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    by kazander Updated Sep 29, 2005

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    The Gold Strike Gift shop is adjoined to the "famous" Yellowstone Mine resturant and the Best Western Hotel. What really made this gift shop special was the wonderful woman who worked there. She was such a sweet lady. She would give us backstories on the items we were looking at, letting us know which items were locally made, who made them, where the artist lived and a little bit about how the items were created. Knowing a little of the history made everything I purchased just that much more special. I always try and support local artisans in my souvernier purchasing, hopefully one day I'll be one! (a local artisan that is, not a souvenier...sheesh)

    What to buy: I purchased a couple x-mas ornaments, a magnet, huckleberry tea and a wooden vase. Everything was locally made...well except for the tea....

    What to pay: Everything was quite reasonable

    Gold Strike Gift Shop
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    • National/State Park

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Gardiner Off The Beaten Path

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    by kazander Updated Sep 27, 2005

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    VTmember PA2AKgirl told me about this wonderful place when I told her I was headed to Yellowstone.
    Just about a half hour north of Gardiner, Chico Hotsprings is a lovely hotel, resturant and spa hidden away in the hills. We visited on a Saturday and were foolish enough not to have made spa reservations. (what were we thinking!!!???) Since we couldn't have a spa treatment, we decided to buy the $6 pass for use of the hotspring fed pool and to wander around the grounds. The pool is lovely. No clorine just water from the springs. There is a smaller section of the pool that is considerably warmer. It's quite shallow in this section you can sit on the bottom and your head will still be above water. The larger section is slighly cooler, but much deeper. You can get drinks from the bar through a little window by the pool, towels are also available in the bar, if you don't have your own. We spent a lovely afternoon paddling around. It was nice to take a break from exploring.
    The grounds also have a greenhouse and garden. Look for the passionflowers, they are gorgeous! One of the gardeners told us that they use them to decorate the desserts at the resturant. There are also horse stables, a coffe bar, a gift shop and a very highly rated resturant.
    When we were there, preparations were being made for an afternoon wedding. What a lovely spot!

    Chico Hot Springs Horseback riding at Chico Chico Hot Springs
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    • Luxury Travel
    • Spa and Resort

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  • Yellowstone touring cars

    A fleet of yellow touring cars are housed in Gardiner. They were manufactured by the White Motor Corporation of Cleveland. Drivers were known as "gearjammers" and were the best paid of concession employees.They are still being used at some of the park lodges. We did see them at Lake Yellowstone Hotel.

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  • Big Sky Country

    The surrounding wilderness, rolling hills, pines, snow-capped mountains and wide open spaces was refreshing and attractive.Driving to and from Gardiner we also saw bison and elk. Other wildlife sitings could include birds, antelope, bears, big horn sheep, coyotes, mule deer and wolves.

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  • The Main Street

    The main street is lined with numerous shops, restaurants and saloons catering to visitors on their way to Yellowstone. The town is sort of charming with it's rustic, western facades.Not all of these are on the main street but within the confines of the town:28 - motels and bed and breakfasts11 - restauarants & bars33 - shops and services

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