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we are seniors and are thinking of going to wyoming in late spring or

early summer. Definately want to to go to yellowstone, so would

probably fly into jackson. Question is where should we base our

stay - jackson- and what all should we see? No major hiking can

be involved but we definately want to see beautiful scenery and animals.

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1. Re: wyoming

Mid June would be the earliest I would suggest you go. Late May can sometimes have nice weather, but it can also be wintery!

You will need to split your stay up to see both the Tetons and Yellowstone. Jackson or the lodging in Grand Teton is really to far to see all of Yellowstone. Yellowstone park is huge, the size of a small state, so we usually recommend people spend at least 4 days, staying at 2 different areas in the park to cut down on the driving.

You don't have to hike at all, but there can be quite a lot of walking in the geyser basins if you choose. All on boardwalk or paved pathway, the Upper Geyser Basin around Old Faithful is mostly flat, altho at almost 8,000' in elevation. At the Canyon area, the easiest overlook is the Artist Point overlook on the south rim. It is a level walk out to the viewing area. The other overlooks are down (and of course then back up) a paved trail.

Here is a map link to Yellowstone. Click on the link, scroll down on the Yellowstone home page and the map is on the left toward the bottom. To figure out driving time, double the mileage (14 miles = 28 minutes with no stops for scenery or wildlife jams, lol)

http://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm

How many days are you planning on?

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Oh, forgot you asked what to see. Take a look thru that Yellowstone link I gave you above.

The main areas are

-the Thermal areas (main ones being Upper Gesyer Basin where Old Faithful is located, Midway Geyser Basin, Lower Geyser Basin, Norris Geyser Basin, West Thumb Geyser Basin),

-the Canyon area where you over look the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and the Upper and Lower Falls,

-the Yellowstone Lake area and

-the Mammoth Hot Springs area.

-You can see wildlife in all areas of the park, but the areas that are the richest are the Lamar Valley up in the NE corner and Hayden Valley which is south of the Canyon area.

The main road is in the shape of a figure 8, with spokes off of it to the entrances.

PeachBelle (from Atlanta) will likely pop in with her link to the Top 10 sights in Yellowstone.

Many of us like the guidebook Yellowstone Treasures by Janet Chappell for planning and to bring on the trip for reference.

Pam

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Pam has given you some great advice. You cannot base yourself in Jackson or Grand Tetons and see Yellowstone. Yellowstone is huge and there is much to see and do. The park is the size of the states of Rhode Island and Delaware. Here is a link to the most popular sights-

http://yellowstone.net/intro/top-10/

You will love the area- there is an abundance of wildlife and a diversity of scenery- it is our favorite national park.

Good luck with your trip planning!!

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If comfortable using them, your trip will be enhanced by bringing good binoculars, especially re: wildlife (though some, like Bison and their newborns, will be "on top of you". :)

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Thank you so much for the great advice. I think we will plan on 7 days, six nights. It is so helpful having recommendations. Will come back for lodging

advice when we get further along.

Thanks again so much - it really makes the planning so much fun.

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We are seniors too and have been to Yellowstone three times in the past five years and are planning a trip for 2013. So please just ask if you have questions. Pam is great too at helping as is everyone else on the forum.

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Thanks PeachBelle, plus I am a senior as well!

Pam

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One suggestion I have is to make your lodging reservations sooner rather than later, as availability is somewhat limited and fills up quickly. There is helpful info under the "Top Questions" at the upper right of this page, which describes the various choices, both in and out of the park.

If you decide to stay in the park, we generally suggest that you split your time between 2 locations - usually OF for the thermal areas and either Canyon or Lake, which are more centrally located, for visiting the rest of the park. Make sure that you go through Xanterra to make these reservations, as the 3rd-party services out there will charge you a hefty fee for calling the same people you can.

Good Luck - and Enjoy!

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You may be able to help with some travel advise. We are planning to go to YNP next June, flying from the UK probably to SLC as a start point. We will have 14-18 days and could spend a leisurely 6 or 7 days in the park. But where to next? We did Utah this year (amazing), so we don't mind a bit of driving, and if need be we could travel back from another airport. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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LE48Uk, go ahead and start a new question on your own so we can keep your questions separate. We will be happy to help!