First – I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to these boards. The information has proved invaluable for planning this trip! We just decided that we were going to try to go to Yellowstone next summer a couple of weeks ago, since then I have feverishly been trying to gather information since I know that lodging books up quickly for that time of year. As of today I have our lodging booked, but would like feedback on if our choices look alright.
Some background info: It will just be me and my husband traveling. We are in our late 20s/early 30s. My husband is an aspiring photographer so we will definitely want to be out and about for sunrise and sunset to get the best shots. I tried to book lodging so that we are close to a variety of locations and won’t have to travel too far on any particular day.
This is what I have planned so far:
June 11 – Arrive in SLC (would love to fly into a closer airport, but as of right now the prices for regional airports seem to be a lot more expensive and the times aren’t as convenient)
Night at Old Faithful Inn
June 12 – Old Faithful Inn
June 14 - Canyon Lodge Cabins
June 15 – Canyon Lodge Cabins
June 16 – Canyon Lodge Cabins
June 17 - Jackson Lake Lodge
June 18 – Jackson Lake Lodge
June 19 - ?!? Depending on departure flight time, we may need to stay close to SLC
June 20 – Depart
My questions as of right now are:
- Does this itinerary look okay? Will we be too rushed in any one area?
- Should we stay 3 nights at Old Faithful Inn or 2 at the Inn and then one at the cabins in Lake Yellowstone? Originally I booked 3 night at OFI, but started thinking that might be too much and the lake area looks so pretty I thought it might be a nice area to be in for at least one sunset/sunrise. So I ended booking a night there too…and now I need to decide which one to cancel :)
- We will need to depart on the 20th. If we can get an afternoon flight would it be possible to stay in Jackson or is it a better idea to drive leisurely to SLC on the 19th and then just stay by the airport on the night of the 19th?
- Is this a good time to go? I’m a teacher, so unfortunately we can’t go any earlier and I’m assuming the more into summer you get the more crowded everything is…. But some pictures I’ve seen of Yellowstone in June look cold and snowy!
I'm sure I'll have many more questions as my planning continues!!!
Thanks in advance for any advice!