Hello. Our party of three adults is in the very early stages of planning a trip to GTNP, YSNP and GNP in summer 2015. We know that reservations for lodging in the parks for 2015 will open soon, hence the early planning. We want to get what lodging we want.
We've visited other national parks and generally stay in the parks. However, because we'll be spending four days at YSNP, we're undecided as to whether to stay all those nights in the park. From what we've read about the size of the park, traffic, etc., we're confident we need to split our stay to cut down on driving. We've looked at park lodging choices and at some rental properties in the surrounding towns on vrbo.com. Frankly, there's not a lot of difference in price, so that's not a huge factor. However, meals may be a deciding factor since NPS food is not our favorite and renting a cabin or condo outside the park would allow us to prepare at least our breakfasts and dinners.
So, do we stay in the park and, if so, split days between north and south or east and west lodging? Or do we stay in towns outside the park, again splitting nights so we don't have long drive times? Any suggestions from those who have done either of these choices?
Thanks in advance for your assistance.