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                                  10 Days in Yellowstone Country

Day 1: Arrive in Red Lodge (the Billings Airport and Cody Airport are both a little more than a one-hour drive from Red Lodge): Fine restaurants, art galleries, unique shops, live entertainment and other attractions are within easy walking distance of the Irish Rose B&B.


Days 2&3: Red Lodge Area Adventures: Visit the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary; Go Horseback Riding; Float the Stillwater River; Fish for Trout; Hike along Rushing Rock Creek; Hike to local water falls; Hike to Glacier Lake; and, much more.

Note: It is very important to have advance summer reservations for overnight accommodations in Yellowstone Park. Canyon Village and Lake Hotel are both good choices for an extended stay from which to explore the Park. Canyon Village has several modern lodges; and, Lake Hotel has undergone significant renovation in recent years. Old Faithful Inn is definitely worth visiting. On most summer days, the Old Faithful area is extremely crowded. From your lodging at Lake or Canyon, plan day trips to explore Yellowstone.    


Day 4: Depart Red Lodge: Drive the spectacular Beartooth All-American Road, 68 miles, to the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Along the Beartooth, stop at Vista Point (Elevation 9,190’); View the International Summer Ski/Snowboard Camp (Elevation 10,536’); Stop at the West Summit, Beartooth Pass Overlook (Elevation 10,947’); Hike to numerous, beautiful Alpine Lakes (the Island Lake Campground is Trailhead to Beauty Lake and others); Don’t miss the Beartooth Lake Bridge, Falls and  Ravine (Elevation 8,900’); Crazy Creek Cascade (Elevation 7,329’) is a must see in May and June when an entire mountain side becomes a giant cascade; and, so much more. The Log Cabin Café in Silver Gate, just before the NE Entrance YNP; and, Roosevelt Lodge, 29 miles into YNP, are favorite lunch stops.
   
Day 5: Depart and Tour Park, Return to Hotel:
Visit Old Faithful Inn and tour the geyser basins between Old Faithful and Madison Junction; hike to Mystic Falls; Drive out Madison Valley toward West Yellowstone looking for elk and bison; be on the lookout for river otters in the Madison River; Visit the Norris geyser basin.

Don’t miss the Visitor Education Center in Canyon Village. Visitors can see, hear and learn how the Yellowstone volcano, its geysers and hot springs, compare with other significant thermal features around the globe; View the room size relief of the Yellowstone ecosystem.

Day 5: Depart and Tour Park, Return to Hotel:
Visit the Grand Canyon and Falls of the Yellowstone (allow at least ½ a sunny day to tour both sides of the Canyon); Visit the Hayden Valley where waterfowl abound and buffalo calves are easily found in the spring); Around the Lake Village area grizzly bear sightings are common in late summer.

Day 6: Depart and Tour Park, Return to Hotel:
Visit Mammoth Hot Springs near the Park’s North Entrance where you might see big horn sheep, elk in town (Mammoth), and antelope; Along the way, take an easy hike to view Wraith Falls.

Day 7: Depart and go to the Grand Teton National Park:
Teton Park is located two miles south of Yellowstone Park- Look for Moose and Elk along the road; On a clear day, the views of the 14,000 feet elevation Tetons jutting up from the plains are magnificent; Jackson Lake Lodge is a must see, even if you are unable to secure accommodations there; Look for moose on the Willow Flats from the rear patio of the lodge; Enjoy a casual meal in the Grill. 

Day 8: Tour the Tetons:
Book a breakfast horseback ride; Book a float trip on the Snake River; Look around the Snake River area below the dam for moose and abundant waterfowl; Take an easy walk along the String Lakes to the north end of Jenny Lake; Take the boat across Jenny Lake and hike to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point; In July, view the fields of beautiful wild flowers.

Day 9:  Depart Teton Park:
Drive through Yellowstone Park and drive to Cody or Red Lodge; Depart Yellowstone Park driving past Yellowstone Lake, Fishing Bridge and out the East Entrance; Near Sylvan Pass, look for big horn sheep; Over night in Cody (2 hour drive to Billings Airport); or, return for last night in Red Lodge (1 hour & 10 minute drive to Billings Airport).

Day 10: Depart for Billings
  

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