You made it to Step Three!! Up until now, the steps have been pretty simple….but today it’s time to dig in to the nitty-gritty of trip planning.
Your task now is to decide what you want to see while you are in Yellowstone. This will likely involve several hours of planning and research.
Or…if you’d like to bypass this step, you should take a look at this Yellowstone Itinerary. I’ve already done all the hard work for you!
Now it’s time to get out your notes and laptop and get ready to research. A couple of websites that you may find helpful are the official NPS website and the Dirt In My Shoes Ultimate Guide to Yellowstone. Here we go!
First, you’ll want to make a list of the things you absolutely don’t want to miss while you are in Yellowstone. These are the big points of interest that initially peaked your interest in taking a trip to the park.
If it’s your first time to Yellowstone, this list will probably include places like Old Faithful, Artist Point, and Grand Prismatic.
This list might also include wildlife viewing spots, activities you’d like to take part in, or restaurants you’re dying to try depending on your own personal interests and priorities.
Second, make a list of things that would be nice to do or see if you’re able to fit them in. Maybe you’re really excited about the geysers, but you’re not sure if you’ll be able to get to a few of the smaller ones. Put those smaller ones on this list.
Maybe you really want to see the waterfalls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, but you’re not sure how much time you’ll have to actually hike down to them. Put those hikes in this list.
Third, use the lists you made to group the activities together by region. Take a look at the Yellowstone map and organize the things you want to do based on where they are located within the park.
For example, a few of the main regions in Yellowstone are Old Faithful, Canyon Village, and Mammoth Hot Springs. Referring to my list of things you can’t miss, I’d lump Artist Point, Uncle Tom’s Trail, and Mud Volcano under the Canyon Village Area. The Old Faithful Area would include Old Faithful and Grand Prismatic…..and so on.
It actually is possible to have a crappy time in Yellowstone, which is why this step is so important to complete. Yellowstone is definitely not a place you just want to show up to without a good plan — don’t forget that I’ve already created a spectacular plan for you if you need some help completing this step.
It’s much easier to move forward with planning if you have a list of must-see’s organized together by region….and it sure will come in handy over the next 2 days as we wrap up our Yellowstone plan.
And that’s it for now! Keep your list handy and we’ll see ya tomorrow!