Yellowstone, you stole our hearts. This National Park that sits atop a supervolcano and sprawls across three states is full of wonder; lakes, mountains, rivers, bison, hot springs, geysers and so much more.
Where to Stay:
Under Canvas Yellowstone: We’re huge fans of Under Canvas. We’ve stayed at several of their magnificent locations (like this time in Zion!) and will continue to do so. We love the feeling of “camping” with the amenities of a hotel (e.g. hot shower, comfortable beds, a fire inside each tent, Bare Bones lanterns and more). This particular Under Canvas location is situated at the base of some absolutely stunning Montana mountains – just 10 minutes outside of Yellowstone National Park. We loved coming back from a day in the park and enjoying wine on our deck which overlooked a field of green and the occasional bison + deer. There’s also nightly s’mores by the community fire pit, and even live music by the hot springs on certain nights.
Bar N Ranch: If Glamping isn’t your thing, check out Bar N Ranch – a property that features a grand lodge and private cabins in a classic Western style setting (it’s just a stones throw from Under Canvas). We snagged a private cabin which came equipped with a hot tub out back, mini kitchenette, plush robes and unparalleled views of Montana’s mountains.
What to See in the Park:
This park is HUGE. I mean, HUGE. Growing up just a few hours from Yosemite, we took frequent trips to what I then perceived to be a large park. Yellowstone, however, is THREE TIMES the size of Yosemite National Park. It’s 3500 square miles of dramatic landscape atop a supervolcano/volcanic hot spot (hence: hot springs on hot springs on hot springs). I admit to associating Yellowstone with Old Faithful (and not much more) so to say I was impressed with all that is actually in the park is an understatement. Here are a few “must do’s”!