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From hot springs and geysers to spotting wildlife and natural wonders, discover America's first national park on our trips to Yellowstone.

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National Parks: Canadian Rockies, Glacier & Yellowstone
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What travelers say about their tours to Yellowstone

Bucket list expectations exceeded!
4/16/2016 by first-time traveler Jenny
The beauty of traveling with a group is that the logistics of your trip are worked out for you: hotel stays, ground and air transportation, and daily tours. Traveling with Go Ahead Tours allows you to skip lines at the sites visited.
True professionals in vacation planning!
7/27/2018 by first-time traveler Diane
Such a value! Every day offered us opportunities to see and do so much with the group, as well as opportunities to tour on our own. Each destination had a city tour with excellent professional, knowledgeable local guides who not only shared their passion for their city but also the cities history.

Travel tips for our Yellowstone

How many days are ideal for a trip to Yellowstone National Park?

America’s first national park covers a vast area (3,472 square miles, to be exact), and traveling between its various attractions takes time. While the ideal length of a trip to Yellowstone National Park can vary depending on your interests and travel style, we recommend spending a minimum of three to four days there. That gives you enough time to experience the park’s highlights—Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon, Mammoth Hot Springs, and the wildlife-rich Lamar Valley—and immerse yourself in its natural wonders.

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What are the most popular activities to do in Yellowstone National Park?

Our Yellowstone vacation tours offer a wide range of activities that cater to different interests and preferences. Some of the most popular include:

  • Geyser and hot spring watching. Yellowstone is home to over 1,000 geysers—including Old Faithful, which erupts every 90 minutes. Other popular geysers include Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest hot spring in the world, and Morning Glory Pool, known for its changing colors.
  • Wildlife viewing. Renowned for its diverse wildlife population, Yellowstone offers abundant opportunities to spot its native animals. Keep an eye out for grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, elk, bison, and various bird species. Lamar Valley and Hayden Valley are particularly good spots for viewing wildlife.
  • Scenic drives. Yellowstone offers numerous picturesque drives, allowing you to take in the park’s breathtaking landscapes, geothermal features, and wildlife habitats. The 142-mile-long Grand Loop Road showcases the park’s major attractions, including waterfalls, canyons, and more.
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What are the must-see attractions in Yellowstone National Park?

Known for its incredible natural wonders and diverse landscapes, Yellowstone National Park is a must-visit destination for any nature lover. Here are some unmissable attractions on our Yellowstone tours that showcase the park’s unique beauty:

  • Old Faithful. This famous geyser erupts approximately every 90 minutes, reaching heights of up to 180 feet. The nearby Old Faithful Inn is also worth visiting for its rustic charm and stunning architecture.
  • Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. The colorful canyon walls and the mighty Yellowstone River, cascading over the Upper and Lower Falls, serve up breathtaking views. For more incredible vistas, be sure to visit Artist Point and Inspiration Point.
  • Mammoth Hot Springs. This complex of intricate terraces and colorful mineral deposits has been sculpted over thousands of years.
  • Lamar Valley. This area’s considered the “Serengeti of North America” thanks to its abundant wildlife sighting opportunities. Keep an eye out for bison, elk, wolves, bears, and various bird species.
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What wildlife can I expect to see in Yellowstone?

One of the most fascinating facets of our Yellowstone tours is the opportunity to see the park’s diverse wildlife population. Along with bighorn sheep, moose, and over 300 bird species, here are some of the iconic animals you can expect to see while visiting the park. (And please remember—treat them with respect and observe them from a safe distance.):

  • Bison. Yellowstone is home to the world’s largest free-ranging herd of American bison, and you can often see them grazing in open meadows or alongside the park’s roads.
  • Grizzly and black bears: Yellowstone is among the few places in the Lower 48 where you can spot the elusive grizzly bear. Black bears are also present, and sightings are relatively more common.
  • Wolves. A successful reintroduction program has made Yellowstone a prime viewing destination for wolves. With patience and luck, you might catch a glimpse of these fascinating predators in Lamar Valley or Hayden Valley.
  • Bald eagles. Bald eagles are a common sight in Yellowstone National Park. Keep an eye on the skies and along the water for these majestic raptors.
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What is the weather like in Yellowstone National Park?

The weather in Yellowstone National Park can vary significantly depending on the season and elevation. It is characterized by a highland continental climate, meaning temperatures can fluctuate considerably throughout the year—and even within a single day. To assist with planning your tour to Yellowstone, here’s an overview of the park’s different seasons:

  • Spring (March to May). Fluctuating temperatures characterize spring in Yellowstone. Days can be cool to mild, ranging from 30–60 degrees Fahrenheit. As the season progresses, wildlife becomes more active, and melting snow leads to increased water flows in rivers and waterfalls.
  • Summer (June to August). Yellowstone summers are generally mild to warm, averaging between 70–80 degrees Fahrenheit. However, temperatures can occasionally climb into the 90s. The park is bustling with visitors during this time, and the weather is generally pleasant for outdoor activities. Thunderstorms are common in the afternoons, so it’s best to be prepared.
  • Fall (September to November). Fall in Yellowstone brings cooler temperatures, especially in the later months. Daytime temperatures range from 30–60 degrees Fahrenheit. The park’s foliage transforms into vibrant shades of yellow, orange, and red, creating a stunning autumnal landscape. September is generally pleasant, while October and November can be colder, with the possibility of snowfall.
  • Winter (December to February). Cold temperatures and heavy snowfall characterize winters in Yellowstone. Daytime temperatures can range from 0–20 degrees Fahrenheit, with nights dropping well below freezing. Snow covers the park, turning it into a winter wonderland.
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When is the best time of year to take a tour of Yellowstone National Park?

Ultimately, the best time to visit on a Yellowstone guided tour depends on your personal preferences—whether you prefer warmer weather and more activities (summer), stunning foliage (fall), a snowy wonderland (winter), or a quieter experience (spring). Here’s a breakdown of each season to help you determine the ideal time for your Yellowstone vacation tour:

  • Summer. The peak tourist season in Yellowstone, summer finds the park bustling with visitors, and all facilities and roads are open. This is the best time for wildlife viewing, as animals are more active, and the weather is generally pleasant. However, popular attractions can be crowded, and accommodation rates tend to be higher. It’s advisable to make reservations well in advance if you plan to visit during this season.
  • Fall. Fall is a beautiful time to visit Yellowstone. The crowds thin out, and the park’s landscapes become tinged with vibrant autumnal hues. The weather is cooler, but still pleasant during the day, and wildlife becomes more active as it prepares for winter. It’s an excellent time to take photos and enjoy peaceful trail hikes. However, some facilities and services start to close as the season progresses, and weather conditions can be unpredictable.
  • Winter. Winter in Yellowstone offers a unique and magical experience. The park’s landscapes get covered in snow, and visitors can enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and wildlife watching. The park is much less crowded, offering a tranquil atmosphere. However, access to certain areas and services is limited, and many roads and facilities are closed. Winter weather can be harsh, too, with frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall.
  • Spring. Spring brings the awakening of the park, with melting snow, blooming wildflowers, and newborn wildlife. While the weather can be unpredictable, with occasional snowfall and colder temperatures, spring offers a quieter time to explore Yellowstone before the summer crowds arrive. Some facilities may still be closed, and road accessibility can be limited, especially in April.
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What to pack for a trip to Yellowstone National Park?

When packing for a tour of Yellowstone National Park, it’s important to be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and various outdoor activities. Here are some essential items to pack for our guided tours of Yellowstone:

  • Layers. Layering clothing is key to navigating Yellowstone’s fluctuating temperatures. Pack lightweight, moisture-wicking clothes for warmer days and warmer items such as sweaters, jackets, and thermal underwear for cooler weather. And don’t forget to bring a waterproof, windproof outer layer, just in case any storms roll through.
  • Comfortable shoes. Choose sturdy, comfortable shoes suitable for hiking and walking on uneven terrain. Opt for closed-toe footwear that provides good traction and ankle support. Packing a pair of sandals or water shoes for aquatic activities is also a good idea.
  • Outdoor gear. Depending on the season, pack essentials like a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen for sun protection. Insect repellent and a mosquito net can also be useful, especially during the summer months. And don’t forget a backpack for water, snacks, and other items during hikes.
  • Rain gear. Yellowstone’s weather can be unpredictable, so it’s essential to pack a lightweight, waterproof jacket or poncho. Consider bringing waterproof pants or a rain cover for your backpack as well.
  • Binoculars and a camera. Yellowstone is known for its wildlife, so having binoculars can enhance your viewing experience. And be sure to bring a camera or smartphone to capture the park’s stunning landscapes and your wildlife encounters.
  • Water. It’s essential to stay hydrated and energized during tours of Yellowstone National Park. To travel sustainably, you can pack a reusable water bottle to use on any of our Yellowstone tour packages.

Once you’ve reserved one of our Yellowstone National Park guided tours, we’ll send you detailed information about what to bring with you. Don’t forget to download the EF Go Ahead app before you take off, so you’ll have all the info you need about your trip right in your pocket.

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