Congratulations, you’ve decided to take a vacation to Yellowstone National Park! You won’t regret it – now let’s get planning so once you step foot in the park you can be awed by the geysers, rivers, and wildlife, and not distracted by the logistics of the trip itself.
5 Steps to Planning a Yellowstone National Park Vacation
Step 1: Sign up for your Free Trip Planning Kit. You’ll receive a Yellowstone vacation guide, brochures, coupons, and emails that will help you plan your trip.
Step 2: Decide how you’ll travel to Yellowstone. Most people do a road trip vacation either starting from home or a large airport. You can also fly to a smaller airport near the park or take a bus trip to Yellowstone. Once you get to the park, you’ll need a vehicle, bike, or tour transportation to get around.
Step 3: Choose Yellowstone attractions that you are most interested in seeing. Yellowstone is a large park with five entrances and multiple environments. Are you interested in bears and wolves? Or geysers and hot springs? Yellowstone Lake? Hiking to a mountain peak? Visit our Vacation Ideas page to get suggested itineraries and tips on traveling on a budget, with kids, and with pets. Decide what you want to do and see before you search for lodging or camping locations.
Step 4: Reserve your hotel or campsite. Depending on what time of year you are visiting Yellowstone, you’ll want to reserve lodging from one month to one year in advance. If you will be dining inside Yellowstone, you may also need to make reservations at restaurants.
Step 5: Before you go, check our page about Yellowstone weather so you can pack for the elements. You will need a coat and a good pair of shoes no matter what season you are visiting in.