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We were there for a week this past August and I would say that's about right. The distances to travel was unexpected to me. You don't get in the care and travel 5 minutes to the next place. It's a big big park.

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As others have noted, in my opinion, a week is no where close to enough time to fully enjoy the park. Trust me when I say, Im not a Big hiker or fishermen, so even with these constraints, Id love to spend a month in the park. If you need constant "entertainment" and watching wildlife, gazing at beautiful scenery, viewing geyers and mudpots, swimming in thermal fed rivers and JUST plain having Fun in nature, your still in luck.......West Yellowstone has things to do to keep you busy and if you want some night life action, go down to Jackson Hole or go to a rodeo, play, horseback ride, chuckwagon Dinner etc etc.


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We were there for a week this past August and I would say that's about right. The distances to travel was unexpected to me. You don't get in the care and travel 5 minutes to the next place. It's a big big park.
I think this may answer the OP's question. I've spent more than a year of my life in the park (not all at once, but divided between 3 summers working there and a great many 1-week visits since) and still haven't done & seen everything. Being nature, things change all the time. Tons of wildlife to see, geysers, waterfalls, etc. Good list of activities provided by DesertHawk. Visit the Yellowstone section of nps.gov for ideas.

Be advised there is no TV reception in most of the park, and cellphones generally won't work either. One of the years-ago slogans of the park was "A World Apart," and that certainly applies. [emoticon] Enjoy!

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It is only about six hours from home to West Yellowstone and we make the trek at least once a year. We ALWAYS find something new to do in the park. If you are interested in photography Yellowstone is probably the best wildlife and landscape photography source this side of Alaska. On top of that I never get tired of the gysers and the paint pots. I don't know how anyone could ever be disappointed in the park.


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g1g, Plenty to do and see for as long as you may spend there because there are large areas with many sites in each area and wildlife abounds all around the park. Recommend at least a week; maybe 2 or 3.

Retiredblade, My wife visited the Grand Canyon when she was 13 and was not impressed except to say "big hole isn't it". She was extremely impressed with the canyon when we visited it 2 yrs ago. She could not believe that she wasn't impressed as a youngster. Believe that most (not all) youngsters do not have the breadth of comprehension for such spectactular sites; but, after growing into adulthood, the expanse of God's natural creations are much more appreciated.

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I have been there three times, over a week each, I am into watching the wildlife, and as has been said, it is always changing. We went there on our honeymoon and still had time for hiking and fishing.[emoticon] Was there the second and third week of September a few years ago, and with the Elk in rut, it was one of the greatest trips that I have ever taken.

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There for a week in 2005 was not long enough - will be going back after retirement and take our time.

On another note we had friends who said they saw it in "...3 or 4 hours...". Have no clue as to what they saw -- think they came in the North entrance and out the West. OhWell - Diff'rentStrokes float your boat.





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We spent 8 days this past summer exploring Yellowstone and GTNP. It wasn't enough time, but what we did do will leave us with wonderful memories for a lifetime. Our 14 and 11 year old kids were never bored.


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I think we've finally hit it for you...it is a BIG place and it takes a while to get to thru the 4 quadrants of the park. Each is different so you will lose out if you do not try each. We did 8 days in 2007 and we saw a lot, but not enough.We were moving almost all the time. You need time to just sit and stay for a while too. You may be driving to a trail head for a hike and see something along the roadside you want to stop and watch. It could take 15 minutes it could take 2 hours. Someone above mentioned watching a herd of bison crossing a river. We came across just that very thing and sat and watched for more than an hour. Took like 200 pictures. Incredible site. Do the trail ride and Roosevelt Cookout.


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And don't even bother to ask "is there wi-fi somewhere?" NO...it wasn't called Wonderland for nothing.

You can spend weeks, months, years maybe..everyone is different. Forty two days off in the park this summer and just scratched the surface. [emoticon] [emoticon]


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