How Not To Plan a Yellowstone Vacation

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Lower Falls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Lower Falls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Here are four things you won’t have to do if you let The World Outdoors take you on an unforgettable vacation in Yellowstone National Park this summer.

1. Don’t make a lodging reservation

With The World Outdoors, you will stay at some of the park’s most iconic lodges, including Old Faithful Inn and the Yellowstone Lake Hotel. Even though rooms in Old Faithful Inn sold out in November for the summer season, you will have the opportunity to stay there.

Built in 1903-04, the stunning Old Faithful Inn is the world’s largest log structure. But it’s more than a beautiful piece of architectural history, says Claire Little, professional guide for The World Outdoors, whose favorite evening activity is sitting on the balcony overlooking the lobby and literally watching the world ⎯ or at least some of its explorers ⎯ go by.

“I love staying in Old Faithful Inn because it was built for people to interact with each other,” she says, describing the huge lobby, leather seats and rocking chairs anchored by a massive stone fireplace. “You really feel like you are going back in time and you really get a strong sense of the human component of the park.”

2. Don’t Set Up Your Tent

If you choose the inn-and-camping combination trip with The World Outdoors, you will never have to touch a tent stake. Your guides take care of setting up and taking down your tent.

3. Don’t Cook

Imagine a Yelp-free vacation where you don’t worry about where to eat or what to cook. When you travel with The World Outdoors, every meal is taken care of for you, enabling you to enjoy a fun-filled vacation without ever touching a scrub brush. Be the envy of all on the trail when your guides roll out the company’s famous red-and-white checked table cloths and serve you gourmet lunches on white plates with real silverware.

“It literally has stopped people in their tracks,” says Claire, describing the company’s amazing meals. “You may never eat this well again.”

4. Don’t Plan Your Daily Activities

From spotting a baby pronghorn antelope resting alongside a quiet trail to experiencing the thrill of your first river rapid, your days with The World Outdoors will be full of adventure. All you have to do is show up.

“Planning is one of the most stressful parts of your trip, and we’ve got it down to a science,” Claire says. “It’s tempting to knock things off your list, but being able to spend time and let the park to speak to you is really special.”

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