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Making The Most Of Your Yellowstone National Park Vacation

May 22, 2008
Yellowstone National Park, the nation's first national park, is full of natural beauty, science and history. Yellowstone is home to half of the world's geothermal features and provides one of the best, most easily accessible windows into the inner-workings of our earth anywhere. Yellowstone National Park also has a rich human history that extends back more than 11,000 years. And then there are all of the animals. Bison, wolves, bears, elk and many more make Yellowstone National Park their home. With all of these unique things to see and do, it's easy to see how a visit to Yellowstone National Park could be a great family adventure.

Camping

There's nothing like camping with the kids; and the sites at Yellowstone National Park are totally family friendly. Most evenings there are campfire circles where a Ranger will tell stories, share information and just generally facilitate a good time. Or, families can just pitch their tents, cook dinner over the fire and roast some marshmallows while enjoying time away from all of the distractions that can make family time hard to come by at home.

Hiking

Hiking as a family through Yellowstone National Park is a wonderful way to see the park, get exercise, and just be together as a family. Grab a tree, plant or bird identification book and see what you can identify. Or just take a lunch (and lots of water!), pick any one of the many kid friendly trails and head out for a fantastic day. There are also many long "loop hikes" within Yellowstone National Park that lend themselves perfectly to nice 1 or 2 day backpacking trips for more experienced hiking families.

Horseback Riding

Almost any kid (and quite a few adults!) would love to ride a horse through Yellowstone National Park. With a bit of planning it is easy to enjoy Yellowstone by horseback. There is even the option of scheduling a horse or wagon ride that will take the whole family to a cookout site for an "Old West" style steak dinner, right in the park!

The Science of Yellowstone National Park

There is no other place where families can see geysers like Old Faithful spouting up, or mud pots like the Artist Paint Pots bubbling away. The geology of Yellowstone National Park is simply amazing. And families get the opportunity to explore these features hands-on when they visit the park. The National Park Service makes it easy with informational boardwalks as well as tours with the rangers. The whole family will come out of a visit to Yellowstone with a new understanding of the wonderfully complex earth we live on.

Fishing and Boating

Yellowstone National Park is an excellent place to take a family fishing trip. There are many different places to fish within the park, and they are always biting! Cast a line from the shore, or rent a boat and go out into any one of the lakes. Boating in Yellowstone National Park is always a fun experience for all ages whether you fish or just enjoy the scenery.

Whatever activity choices are made, a family trip to Yellowstone National Park will be a memorable experience. One in which everyone is together, enjoying each other's company and having fun, in one of the most beautiful places in the world!
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