Yellowstone for America's First National Park

Every American owes it to him or herself to visit Yellowstone at least once in their lifetime. I was lucky enough to grow up with family living in Montana, so my mom managed to convince my dad to ignore the crowds and venture into Yellowstone a few times over the years in between going to Glacier and up into Canada’s Waterton Park.

Most recently we visited in June, which, to me, is summertime and during the day it was usually pretty warm, but we did manage to get snowed on. Being a little late in the day we were pressed to find lodging but luckily scored a cabin at Mammoth Hot Springs. It was nice to sleep in a bed and to have a warm shower in the morning but be advised the rooms can be a bit on the small side. I actually ended up setting up a tent on the cabin’s porch because my family is a bunch of snorers.

We saw bison, elk, antelope, and a bear while in Yellowstone and took the walk down to Yellowstone Canyon and Falls, Mammoth Hot Springs, and Old Faithful. We went to Old Faithful on a Friday at sunset and it was almost empty, which is unheard of. It was a little cold and was the same day that it snowed, so it really helped deter the crowds.

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