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We have been to Yellowstone many times and I'm glad you have a week because it takes that long to really see the park.

While you are in Cody, Wyoming you might want to take the time to visit the Buffalo Bill Historical Center before leaving or upon your return.
http://www.comp-unltd.com/~rodeo/bbhc.html

You will need reservations if you want to stay in the park and I highly recommend staying in the park. Here is the link for places within Yellowstone. http://www.nps.gov/yell/planvisit/services/lodging.htm

The Old Faithfull Inn will probably be booked up, but maybe you can get in on a cancellation. Back in 1973 we stayed in the cabins at Old Faithful, Roosevelt and Mammoth Hot Springs. They are very rustic. We only camp now. If you can not find lodging in the park then I would suggest West Yellowstone and Gardner.

From Cody you will probably just take Hwy 20 to the East Entrance. http://www.nps.gov/yell/planvisit/orientation/transpto.htm There are so many options of which way to go once you get in the park. Maybe you should see where you can get reservations. We find that we end up doing a lot of driving but it is so beautiful it doesn't matter. You should probably check the road conditions because there has been a lot of construction going on in the last few years.
http://www.nps.gov/yell/planvisit/orientation/travel/roadclos.htm

If you have the time and want to take a beautiful drive I would suggest the Beartooth Highway Scenic Byway Highway 212 . http://www.gorp.com/gorp/activity/byway/mt_beart.htm We did this drive for the first time last summer. It was so magnificant! If you do decide to do this drive you could do it on your way out at the Northeast entrance and then make your way back to Cody, WY using Hwy 296.

There are many geyser areas in the Old Faithful area. Check in at the visitor center to find out when some of the other geysers are predicted to go off. Old Faithful they can predict within in 10 minutes but others geysers can have a window of a couple hours to a couple of days. Sometimes you can just luck into a really good one like Riverside Geyser or Grand Geyser. Here is a good link: http://www.geyserstudy.org/geyser_main.htm

You can do the Grand Tetons on a day trip from Yellowstone or you could spend the night there. If you spend the night make sure you go at dusk to the Jackson Lake Lodge to watch the moose. Last year we spotted no less than 5 moose. Two were a Mom and her baby.

Take all kinds of clothes! It can be warm, hot or snow! We usually find the weather this time of the year to be good but we did hit a snow day in mid July once. Go prepared. Also be warned that there are BIG mosquitoes so bring insect repellent, expecially on the Cookout!

Wildlife can be spotted anywhere but the best place we have found is Hayden Valley in the early morning or at dusk. We've spotted a grizzly bear, moose, bald eagle, elk, deer and herd of buffalo there in the past. http://www.nps.gov/yell/nature/animals/index.htm

I hope I haven't over loaded you too much. One more fun thing to do is take a Stagecoach ride for a Old West Cookout from the Roosevelt Lodge. These are last years rates but they should be updating the page shortly. http://www.nps.gov/yell/planvisit/todo/concessn.htm

If you have any other questions please ask:)

Utahtea



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