We are a family of five looking for recommendations of where to stay, thoughts on renting and staying in a motorhome (recommended company?)
"gotta see" attractions.
If you're visiting yellowstone during the winter, only a couple lodges are open- the Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Mammoth Hotel. You can also stay in West Yellowstone, which is the west entrance of the park. The park is not open to car travel in the winter ( they have over-snow coaches for tours) except near the north entrance, so unless it's significantly cheaper to rent an RV versus hotel rooms, I'd just go with hotels.
As for what to see in the park, old faithful geyser, along with the other geysers near it, is a must see. Mammoth hot springs is cool too. The best thing to do is to see as much of the park as you can. The best chance you have of seeing animals is driving along the road. The road cuts through meadows that the animals graze in!
Near Mt. Rushmore I'd stay in Rapid city, SD. Its only 30 miles away and is a large city for the area. Though I've never been to it, it does have a INDOOR water-park! The websites pictures and prices are great.
Near about an hour or so from Mt.Rushmore is Badlands National Park, a must see! It has a loop road so you can drive through the park in less than an hour and see a very cool landscape!
I worked in Yellowstone this past summer season, so if you have any more questions feel free to ask! I hope this was helpful! about 6 years ago
Thank you VERY much for that insight. We have been doing tons of research...we will be coming in The summer to fight the crowds.
Do you know anything about The Canyon Lodge in the park?
What about the 320 lodge in big sky?
We are hoping to get to Salt Lake City to catch the choir and hopefully see the tabernacle.
Thanks again about 6 years ago
I don't know much about the canyon lodge, as I worked at the old faithful inn. It seemed nice when I was there in the restaurant. The grand canyon of the yellowstone river is a must see though! If you want to stay near big sky check out bozeman Montana. It's about 45 minutes away and has shopping, restaurants, etc. Big sky is VERY small, no night life at all really. Plus for kids the museum of the Rockies is in Bozeman.
Sorry, I don't know anything about salt lake, I just drove through there once!
Hope that helps! almost 6 years ago