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Beginning Stages of Trip Planning for Yellowstone

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I'm in the beginning stages of planning a 2015 trip to Yellowstone in either mid-July or mid-August. There is so much info it's overwhelming. I'm hoping to get some advice to steer me in the right direction for more research and trip planning.

Originally, I was thinking we would fly into Bozeman, rent a car and then rent a house in Gardiner (since it's cheaper than a hotel or staying in the park). I intended to visit the park daily, but from what I've been reading this doesn't seem like a very good idea. Another option I was considering is to spend 2 - 3 nights in West Yellowstone, sightsee in the bottom half of the park daily and then drive up to Gardiner and use that as a home base to see the upper portion of the park. Not sure if this is any better or if we really need to stay inside the park? If we stay in the park, how many days should we dedicate to each area of the park? Where would you recommend staying. We will want bathroom accommodations.

We will be flying in from Boston. We don't have to fly into Bozeman, but I thought this made the most sense as it is the closest drive to the park and currently the best priced airfare.

Trip will include DH45, ME48 and DD13. We want to do some hiking, but will stick to the easy or moderate trails. We'd also like to do some horseback riding in YNP. And of course we want to see all the highlights. We expect to arrive on a Friday and will have 10 days total, with the first and last day being strictly travel days. Is this enough time or too much time? We're not into wildlife photography, but will want to see the wildlife. We'll probably also want to do some boating on the lake, fishing, and bike riding if there are bike rentals inside the park.

I should probably add that this will be our first trip out West and the only park we've ever visited is Acadia National Park in ME, so big difference size wise!

Thanks in advance. Let me know if you need more info.

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