We're GTNP and YNP newbies and need some sage advice.
We'll fly into Jackson from Washington DC mid Sept 2012 and stay in Teton View B&B, Wilson, for three nights. Do GTNP, then head north for six days of touring YNP. We'll spend three nights in Gardiner, MT (Yellowstone Basin Inn) and three nights in West Yellowstone, MT (Bar N Ranch). Our first Yellowstone day will be driving from Wilson, WY to Gardiner, MT, sightseeing along the way, then spend the next two days exploring the norther section of YNP and if time allows, Lamar Valley.
From Gardiner is it possible to do the Beartooth Highway starting out at 9 AM and be back in time for dinner?
We're interested in scenery, thermal and geological sights and wildlife. We're not into fishing or boating. We are seniors and can only manage short easy hikes. We love good food and quiet, comfortable, clean lodgings.
To make the most of our time and see as much as possible, without rushing, are Gardiner and West Yellowstone good bases to start out from? We notice that in-park lodgings are already filling up for Sept 2012. Although there are rooms available here and there, we were slightly put off by TA reviews of in-park lodgings with thin walls, noisy corridors and sticky carpets, hence our choice of gateway towns.
We realise that we may not see all of YNP in six days and have determined not to hurry, but if necessary return another year to further explore. Thank you in anticipation of your kind advise. dannythedoyler71