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Organized tours or roam by yourself?

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Organized tours or roam by yourself?

We are just starting to plan for a June 2010 trip to Yellowstone. I am wondering if it is better to take an organized tour or just go to a few places on your own? If so - what tours are good.

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1. Re: Organized tours or roam by yourself?

I like an organized tour in big cities where I don't know how to get to the attractions and don't want to watch traffic while I try to find my way.

Yellowstone isn't like a big city. There aren't many turns where you could get real confused. I like to go my speed, stop where I want for as long or short as I think is right, not what a tour operator thinks fits the schedule. If I choose to watch Old Faithful blow twice or 3 times before I move on, it's up to me.

Now for the other part. Yellowstone is big and you need some idea of what you want to see and where it fits into the schedule so you can do the activities that interest you and you don't have to be hurrying everywhere. How many days do you have planned? Are you more interested in the geography, geology, topography, or the animals of the park. I really enjoyed the hike we did up Mt. Washburn, but it is a steep climb and you need to be in fairly good shape and not prone to altitude sickness to be able to enjoy it. Some people want to spend a lot of time looking at (for?) the wolves. I have them where I live and have seen them close up so I didn't go looking for them. You might want to.

Here is an online map, just like the one they will give you at the entrance. This one is clickable to zoom into different areas so you can see what is there and how the roads fit into scheduling your itinerary.


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2. Re: Organized tours or roam by yourself?

As long as you have a car, I think you can do just fine, or even better, exploring Yellowstone on your own. All of the major attractions are easy to find from the main road and you can go at your own pace.

Are you in Grayslake, IL? If so, we're practically neighbors-I'm in Crystal Lake.

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