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Dine at Old Faithful Inn
A trip to Yellowstone would not be complete without seeing the largest log structure in the world built from 1903-04. It’s a stunning hotel worth visiting if for no other reason than to experience its lobby and check out its architecture. Old Faithful Inn Dining Room will be open this summer (reservations are required for dinner), as will the Old Faithful Geyser Grill and Old Faithful Inn Bear Paw Deli. At the grill, you can order burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, beer and wine until 5 p.m. every day.
If you’re planning for a 2022 vacation, it’s important to know that the Old Faithful Inn dining room offers breakfast and lunch are first- come, first-served, but you need to make dinner reservations in advance. Don’t have reservations? Enjoy a drink and appetizers in the Bear Pit Lounge. For up-to-date information, go to Yellowstone National Park Lodges.
View Wildlife in the Hayden Valley
This grassy valley supports huge numbers of bison, grizzly bears, elk, coyotes, wolves, moose and bald eagles. Stop at one of the pullouts, especially at dawn or dusk, to see these iconic Yellowstone animals with binoculars or a scope.
Stroll Midway and Lower Geyser Basins
Head to Midway Geyser Basin and walk along the boardwalk to see one of the world's largest, deepest hot springs, Grand Prismatic Spring. It's larger than a football field at 370 feet across and deeper than a 10-story building at 125 feet.
Watch Old Faithful
Take a seat and watch the world's most famous geyser. It erupts about 20 times a day. The front desk of the Old Faithful Inn posts eruption times. It’s just minutes from Old Faithful Inn and sits right behind the visitor center.
Wake up with the Wolves
For your best chance of seeing a wolf, get up before sunrise and head to the Lamar Valley in the park's northeast corner. Use binoculars or a scope at pullouts.
Cruise Tower Road and Hike Mt. Washburn
South from Roosevelt Lodge, stop at the 132-foot Tower Fall. Then drive up the 8,859 foot Dunraven Pass. At the top, park and hike the 3.1-mile (one way) trail to Mt. Washburn's 10,243-foot summit. Be sure to start your hike early in the day to avoid being on the exposed trail when frequent summer afternoon thunderstorms roll in.
Eat at Roosevelt Lodge
Built in 1920, Roosevelt Lodge, one of the park's most charming restaurants, has a front porch with rocking chairs to sit upon and have a drink. Inside the authentic log cabin is food for every dietary need. This classic restaurant does not take reservations, so it’s first-come, first served.
See Mammoth Hot Springs
Walk on a mile-long boardwalk to see the colorful travertine terraces formed by hot springs rising to the surface and depositing dissolved limestone in dramatic patterns. Reach the Upper Terraces via a staircase.
Dine by the Lake
Feast on wild game, fresh fish or steak in the Lake Yellowstone Hotel's elegant dining room (reservations required for dinner). For a more casual experience, head to Lake Lodge Wylie’s Canteen. Check Yellowstone Park Lodges for up-to-date details.
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