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Day Trip to Yellowstone National Park

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 Natalie Kowalewski
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Day Trip to Yellowstone National Park

Enjoy an unforgettable day trip from Wander Yellowstone Valley to the iconic Yellowstone National Park. About an hour drive away, this journey promises a day filled with awe-inspiring landscapes, geothermal wonders, and encounters with wildlife. Immerse yourself in the natural splendor that defines the heart of the American West, making memories that will linger long after the day is done.

Yellowstone National Park, established on March 1, 1872, holds the distinction of being the first-ever national park, offering a vast expanse of 2.2 million acres. This iconic park boasts unparalleled hydrothermal and geologic features, providing visitors with a chance to witness wildlife in its natural habitat, explore geothermal areas with half the world's active geysers, and marvel at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. Nestled in breathtaking landscapes with pristine lakes and hiking trails, Yellowstone beckons adventurers seeking an unparalleled experience with nature. 

To access the North Entrance, travel south on Route 89 through the scenic Paradise Valley, a prelude to the wonders within the park. The drive is about 42 miles from Wander Yellowstone Valley. You can find additional details about entry passes, closures, and hiking trails on the National Park Service website: https://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm

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Before embarking on your Yellowstone adventure, make a pit stop in the charming town of Gardiner, Montana, offering a range of shops from art galleries to sporting goods and a sweet shop. If you are looking for a place to eat, stop by the Wonderland Cafe, centrally located in downtown Gardiner and highly recommended by locals, it is a versatile establishment combining a restaurant, bakery, coffee house, and lounge. Known for its locally-sourced, seasonally inspired menu, Wonderland Cafe is a "Green Certified" restaurant, committed to sustainability and the Farm to Table movement, offering fresh, homemade baked goods, salads, soups, and more.

As you near the park you will pass through the Roosevelt Arch (2819 US-89, Gardiner, MT 59030), named after Theodore Roosevelt, who was present during its construction. But, instead of just driving through, take a moment to park and walk through the door, offering a unique opportunity to stop and gaze up into the majestic arch.

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Photo courtesy of National Park Service 

Once you enter the park, be sure to stop by the Mammoth Hot Springs area; a must-visit destination for its captivating hydrothermal features. The unique limestone formations, showcased through the Mammoth Terraces, create an otherworldly landscape with boardwalk trails allowing visitors to explore the 50 hot springs in the area. This distinct attraction inside Yellowstone promises an unforgettable experience for nature enthusiasts.

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Photo courtesy of National Park Service 

As you venture through the park, keep an eye out for elk, bison, and bears. Ensure a safe distance to admire their majestic presence, and capture the moment with plenty of photographs. 

After your exploration, return to Wander Yellowstone Valley and cozy up with a delightful cup of hot chocolate for the perfect end to a perfect day out in nature.

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