aussies with kids in yellowstone

Old Jan 17th, 2006, 03:21 AM
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aussies with kids in yellowstone

As part of our 8 week trip to the US in May /June we plan to spend 10 days in Yellowstone national park and grand teton. I've read it's good to have 2 different bases in YNP to avoid driving long distances. We have 2 kids 8 and 10. Where would you recommend we base ourselves in YNP and do you have specific good places to stay ( full kitchen would be best) Ideas on where to stay in Grand Teton welcome too
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Old Jan 17th, 2006, 05:39 AM
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I'm a traditionalist, as a kid I remember seeing pictures in my History book of Ole Faithful beside Old Faithful Lodge so when we went nothing would do but to stay there and we were not sorry. You can walk out of your room and see Old Faithful in all her glory and they have boardwalks to walk to other gysers. I remember seeing a family room there while housekeeping was cleaning it. It would be perfest for a family of four. Have a great trip.
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Old Jan 17th, 2006, 06:02 AM
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We've been twice, with children, 8 and 3. Last time we stayed in Snow Lodge, which I liked a lot because it's so new. However, I've decided next visit, I'd try to stay at the Lake Lodge, Snow Lodge and somewhere up near Mammoth in order to limit the drive distances and have more time in each area. Since I've never stayed at the Lake or up by Mammoth, I have no specific advice. Also we never camped or had a kitchen. In any case, things book up, so if you're planning a trip for this spring, you should check on reservations ASAP.
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Old Jan 17th, 2006, 09:23 AM
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Kitchen facilities either do not exist or are very scarce in Yellowstone. We did an 8 day trip there this summer, and did not stay in Park because we could not make plans until it was too late to get in Park reservations.

We stayed several nites at Teton Village about 1/2 from entrance to GTNP. Condos - 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, full kitchen, balcony, and a moose eating the landscaping.

Then we moved to West Yellowstone (which is in Montana) and stayed at one of the chain hotels there. Not very exciting, but came with free breakfast, room had microwave and refrigerator. It may have been the Comfort Inn, but I actually don't remember.

After that, on to Gardiner (north entrance) for a few nights. Motel right on banks of Gardiner River - full kitchen, one very large room.

Decide if you want atmosphere of staying in Park or rather have full kitchen and generally less expense. In either case, make sure you pack a lunch and water for each day's excursions, as you may not be near food when it is lunch time.
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Old Jan 17th, 2006, 09:29 AM
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Absoroka Lodge was place in Gardiner - I had to look up the name.
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