I moved to northwest Wyoming in June 2006, but had never been to Yellowstone, our nation's first National Park, even though it is only a little over an hour away from my home. I finally had the opportunity to visit Yellowstone National Park on a day trip in July 2008 with my husband, his daughter, and his granddaughter.
We decided to enter Yellowstone through the East Gate via Cody, Wyoming. Shortly before passing through the gate, we stopped at Pahaska Teepee, which was Buffalo Bill Cody's original hunting lodge. Today it houses a gift shop, restaurant, cabins, and other accommodations. After entering the park, our route took us through Sylvan Pass, which still had deep snow in July. We then stopped at Yellowstone Lake. We were simply amazed at the immensity of the lake!
Next we moved on to Old Faithful. There are several geysers in the area and a network of walking paths is provided so that visitors may take in the wondrous sites. There is ample seating all along the paths so that people may sit to watch the geysers perform their magic.
By this time we were quite hungry, so we had dinner in the cafeteria at Canyon Village. Afterwards we went to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, an amazingly majestic site. While at the canyon, we also witnessed the beauty of the Lower Falls of Yellowstone at Artist's Point.
It was getting late so we decided to start heading home. As we drove through Dunraven Pass, Tower Falls, and Pebble Creek we saw several young and adult bears, a bison perusing a picnic area, a moose grazing in the grass, antelope running through the fields, and a large herd of bison with their young. Leaving the park we drove through Cooke City, Montana along the Beartooth Highway, then turned onto the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway toward home. It was a gorgeous drive with absolutely stunning views.
I highly recommend a day trip through Yellowstone National Park. Dramatic views, unique rock formations, and an ample variety of wildlife make this a fun, as well as educational, vacation.