Only have 48 hours? Make the most of your time by visiting some of our favorite spots in the park.

Day 1

Dine at Old Faithful Inn

Old Faithful Inn Dining Room

Old Faithful Inn Dining Room

A trip to Yellowstone would not be complete without seeing the largest log structure in the world built from 1903-04. 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.

View Wildlife in the Hayden Valley

Bison herd in Yellowstone

Bison herd in Yellowstone

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

Grand Prismatic Hot Springs Pool in Yellowstone.

Grand Prismatic Hot Springs Pool in Yellowstone.

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

Old Faithful Geyser next to the Old Faithful Inn

Old Faithful Geyser next to the Old Faithful Inn

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.

Day 2

Wake up with the Wolves

Wolf

Yellowstone wolf

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

Roosevelt Lodge Dining Room. Photo by NPS David Restivo.

Roosevelt Lodge Dining Room. 

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.

Cruise Tower Road and Hike Mt. Washburn

Hikers on the Mount Washburn Trail in Yellowstone. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Hikers on the Mount Washburn Trail in Yellowstone. 

South from Roosevelt Lodge, stop at the 132-foot Tower Fall. Then drive up the 8,859 foot Dunraven Pass. At the top, park and hike the 3.1-mile (one way) trail to Mt. Washburn’s 10,243-foot summit.

See Mammoth Hot Springs

The boardwalk at Yellowstone's Mammoth Hot Springs.

The boardwalk at Yellowstone's 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

Lake Hotel in Yellowstone

Lake Hotel in Yellowstone

Feast on wild game, fresh fish or steak in the Lake Yellowstone Hotel’s elegant dining room (reservations recommended). For a more casual experience, head to Lake Lodge Cafeteria.  

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