Dine at Old Faithful Inn
A trip to Yellowstone would not be complete without seeing the largest log structure in the world built from 1903-04. It’s a stunning hotel worth visiting if for no other reason than to experience its lobby and check out its architecture. Old Faithful Inn Dining Room will be open this summer, as will the Old Faithful Geyser Grill and Old Faithful Inn Bear Paw Deli. At the grill, you can order burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, beer and wine.
If you’re planning for a 2022 vacation, it’s important to know that the Old Faithful Inn dining room offers breakfast and lunch are first- come, first-served, but you need to make dinner reservations in advance. Don’t have reservations? Enjoy a drink and appetizers in the Bear Pit Lounge. For up-to-date information, go to Yellowstone National Park Lodges.
View Wildlife in the Hayden Valley
This grassy valley supports huge numbers of bison, grizzly bears, elk, coyotes, wolves, moose and bald eagles. Stop at one of the pullouts, especially at dawn or dusk, to see these iconic Yellowstone animals with binoculars or a scope.
Stroll Midway and Lower Geyser Basins
Head to Midway Geyser Basin and walk along the boardwalk to see one of the world’s largest, deepest hot springs, Grand Prismatic Spring. It’s larger than a football field at 370 feet across and deeper than a 10-story building at 125 feet.
Watch Old Faithful
Take a seat and watch the world’s most famous geyser. It erupts about 20 times a day. The front desk of the Old Faithful Inn posts eruption times. It’s just minutes from Old Faithful Inn and sits right behind the visitor center.
Wake up with the Wolves
For your best chance of seeing a wolf, get up before sunrise and head to the Lamar Valley in the park’s northeast corner. Use binoculars or a scope at pullouts.
Eat at Roosevelt Lodge
Built in 1920, Roosevelt Lodge, one of the park’s most charming restaurants, has a front porch with rocking chairs to sit upon and have a drink. Inside the authentic log cabin is food for every dietary need. This classic restaurant does not take reservations, so it’s first-come, first served.
Cruise Tower Road and Hike Mt. Washburn
The road between Tower-Roosevelt and Chittenden Road will be completely closed until May 27, 2022, on which it will reopen, pending weather and any other delays. Check with park staff to get updates on the road to find out if it will be taking longer than expected. In 2021, the full closure was between Tower Fall and Chittenden Road. The only way to access the peak of Mount Washburn during construction was via the Canyon Village side of the closure.
See Mammoth Hot Springs
Walk on a mile-long boardwalk to see the colorful travertine terraces formed by hot springs rising to the surface and depositing dissolved limestone in dramatic patterns. Reach the Upper Terraces via a staircase.
Dine by the Lake
Feast on wild game, fresh fish or steak in the Lake Yellowstone Hotel’s elegant dining room (reservations recommended). In summer 2021, there will be limited in-person breakfast and dining for hotel guests only. For a more casual experience, head to Lake Lodge Wylie’s Canteen, which will offer take out options for summer 2021. Check Yellowstone Park Lodges for up-to-date details.