West Yellowstone Travel Guide
Isolated habitats, great for studying animal behavior
Short stays.. you'll need a few days! Too much not to miss!!
In a nutshell
Great place to meet the locals and start your visit to Yellowstone NP as well as Grand Teton NP
RAILROAD BUFFS DELIGHT
The Holiday Inn has an original 1903 rail car from the Oregon Short Line, so named because it was the shortest distance between Oregon and Wyoming. Part of the Union Pacific Railway it's first run was in 1884, until it became it's own identity in 1897, then repurchased by...
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK VISITORS CENTER
If you enter Yellowstone National Park from the west entrance, make sure you stop at the Parks visitor center in West Yellowstone. It is located with the West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce on the road to the park and only a block out of town. The Rangers are most helpful,...
The West Yellowstone IMAX Theater
The West Yellowstone IMAX Theater has a six-story screen and stereo surround sound. A standard film here is Yellowstone, which is a good introduction or enhancement to your visit to Yellowstone National Park. The film features the history, wildlife, beauty, and geothermal...
Yellowstone Historic Center
The Yellowstone Historic Center is a small museum, located in a 1909 Union Pacific Railroad depot. The museum covers the Yellowstone area’s history from early tourism to today. This includes the railroad history, and continues to the 1988 fires and how it has effected the...
Visiting Yellowstone National Park
Although Yellowstone’s West Entrance begins just outside the little town of West Yellowstone, you will need to drive 14 miles to Madison Junction to get on the park’s main figure eight road. When in Yellowstone, don't just go to Old Faithful and leave. There is SO much more....
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Open 365 days a year, the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center is a wonderful place to learn about grizzly bears and wolves. This is a non profit wildlife park and educational facility. At the center you will have the opportunity to view live grizzly bears and wolves, as well...
Brandin Iron Inn
2 Reviews and 155 Opinions It is an ok hotel. It is an older structure, but seems to be fairly well maintained. It seems to...
Comfort Inn West Yellowstone
3 Reviews and 52 Opinions The Comfort Inn is a three story, smoke free lodging, with 78 standard rooms. There are also family...
Buckaroo Bill’s BBQ Grill and Ice Cream Parlor: Eat Outside, or In
Buckaroo Bill’s is the only West Yellowstone restaurant that I have eaten in. It is a casual restaurant, and on nice days you have the option of eating outside. They have a good variety of items on the menu, such as BBQ pork ribs, BBQ chicken, beef steaks, buffalo steaks,...
Best Western: Breakfast
I try to stay at places that give you some kind of free breakfast as part of the deal because breakfast is ridiculously expensive.
There were hot breakfast biscuits, cold cereal, and various pastries and beverages.
Yellowstone Airport Montana
The Yellowstone Airport, code WYS, is a state owned public use airport, that is located a little over 1 mile north of West Yellowstone’s business district. This is a small commercial airport, with a large amount of its air traffic from private planes. No large jets fly in...
Since we flew in to the West Yellowstone airport, we needed to rent a car. There are two car rental kiosks at the airport - Avis and Budget. We rented from Avis. They had a somewhat different gas policy - if we didn't drive 70 miles, they would charge us extra for gas.Budget...
Cradleboard: TOURISTY, BUT NICE
Special? Many reasons for the Cradleboard to be special. Let's start off with the greeting. A welcoming hello and Sherrian took me by the hand. She and her husband Paul, co-own the gift store and were very helpful in locating that perfect piece of turquoise jewelry my wife...
Four Shops to Check Out: As You Stroll the Town’s Streets
As you walk the streets of this small town, you will find an assortment of stores, including bakeries, art galleries, and specialty shops. You will find such items as custom designed jewelry, Indian handicrafts, western clothing, homemade candy, ice cream cones, fly-fishing...
Wildlife Should Always Be Considered Dangerous
As you explore the National Forests around West Yellowstone, or drive and hike in Yellowstone National Park, remember the wildlife you see can do you harm. Heed Yellowstone’s warning, and follow their rules. Although most people understand bears are dangerous, I have see...
If You Don't Like Little Airplanes
This airport only has a couple of commercial flights in and out each day. SkyWest Airlines serves West Yellowstone Airport out of Salt Lake City, Utah. The airplane only seats 30 people. If you have any kind of fear of flying, don't consider flying into this airport. Also...
Well, this one takes the cake. Either great thinking in marketing or a big tourist trap!!! Maybe both!The Visitors Bureau Gift Shop at 107 Canyon St. may well be operated by the City of West Yellowstone and maybe it isn't. What it really isn't, is the City of West...
West Yellowstone-Is it the best place to stay?
Although West Yellowstone is located at the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park, that doesn’t mean you are close to the main attractions in the park. You still have to drive 14 miles to the main park road, which is 142-miles in size. Yes, Yellowstone is huge, so...
Grand Teton National Park
If you can, fit in a visit to Grand Teton National Park, even if it is just a day to drive the park road. Located outside the South Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, this park offers spectacular mountain scenery of one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the...
As far as I can remember, I have never been to the state of Idaho. So I wanted to make a little jaunt over there, just so I could say that I had been. From our hotel it would only have been about 9 miles down US 20 to the state line. Our rental car had an Idaho license.Some...
The restuarant was decorated with old airline logos and other paraphinalia. In addition to Frontier Airlines there was one for Piedmont (photo 2), and Ozark (photo 5), plus posters for a Blue Angels show in Idaho Falls (photo 3) and a flyer for a show at Preston Airport...
Driving From the West Entrance to Madison Junction
The 14 mile drive from the West Entrance of Yellowstone to the main park road, gives you the opportunity to watch for wildlife. This Yellowstone Park Road lies along the Madison River, and takes you to Madison Junction. Elk, are particularly common along the open meadows...
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