Frommer's Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

Frommer's Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

by Eric Peterson

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Frommer's Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks by Eric Peterson

  • Insider advice on how to best experience some of the country's most dazzling natural landscapes, including tips on the best views, the best backcountry trails, the best scenic drives, and the best activities outside of the parks.
  • Insightful commentary on park landmarks and specific trails, from the majestic Old Faithful Geyser to the iconic, colorful Mammoth Hot Springs to the solitary Signal Mountain Summit Trail.
    Detailed practical information, including tips on safety, advice for beginning backpackers, wildlife guides, and when and where to go to avoid the crowds.
  • Opinionated write-ups of hotels and restaurants. No bland descriptions and lukewarm recommendations. Our expert writers are passionate about their destinations—they tell it like it is in an engaging and helpful way.
  • Exact prices listed for every establishment and activity—no other guides offer such detailed, candid reviews of hotels and restaurants. We include the very best, but also emphasize moderately priced choices for real people.
  • User-friendly features including star ratings and special icons to point readers to great finds, excellent values, insider tips, best bets for kids, special moments, and overrated experiences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118074732
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/13/2012
Series: Park Guides Series , #49
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

A Denver-based freelance writer, Eric Peterson has contributed to numerous Frommer's guides covering the American West and has written Frommer's Montana & Wyoming, Frommer's Utah, and Ramble: A Field Guide to the U.S.A. (www.speckpress.com). Peterson also writes about travel and other topics for such publications as ColoradoBiz, Delta Sky, and the New York Daily News. In his free time, he's an avid camper and hiker, a lifelong Broncos fan, and a part-time rock star (at least in the eyes of his niece Olivia and nephews Mitch and Sam).

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Table of Contents

List of Maps vii

1 INTRODUCING YELLOWSTONE & GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARKS 1

A Look at Yellowstone 2

A Look at Grand Teton 4

Making the Most of Your Trip 5

The Best of Yellowstone & Grand Teton 5

2 YELLOWSTONE & GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARKS IN DEPTH 13

Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks Today 13

Looking Back: Yellowstone & Grand Teton History 17

ROAD OPENINGS & CLOSINGS 19

DATELINE 20

When to Go 21

GENERAL RESOURCES FOR GREEN TRAVEL 25

Responsible Travel 25

Tours 26

3 EXPLORING YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK 29

Essentials 30

The Highlights 35

If You Have Only 1 or 2 Days 37

Yellowstone: The Extended Tour 38

Self-Guided Driving Tours 65

Organized Tours 65

Ranger Programs 66

4 HIKES & OTHER OUTDOOR PURSUITS IN YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK 68

Day Hikes 68

Exploring the Backcountry 77

WILDERNESS U: GUIDED BACKPACKING WITH THE YELLOWSTONE ASSOCIATION INSTITUTE 79

Other Activities 83

Winter Sports & Activities 87

WINTER ROAD CONDITIONS 88

5 EXPLORING GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK 91

Essentials 91

The Highlights 95

If You Have Only 1 Day 97

Touring Grand Teton 99

Organized Tours & Ranger Programs 107

6 HIKES & OTHER OUTDOOR PURSUITS IN GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK 109

Day Hikes 109

ESPECIALLY FOR KIDS 114

Exploring the Backcountry 117

Other Activities 120

Winter Sports & Activities 124

7 WHERE TO STAY & EAT IN THE PARKS 126

Where to Stay in Yellowstone National Park 127

WHAT YOU'LL REALLY PAY 128

Where to Camp in Yellowstone 133

Where to Camp near Yellowstone 135

Where to Eat in Yellowstone 136

Where to Stay in Grand Teton National Park 141

Where to Camp in Grand Teton 145

Where to Camp near Grand Teton 147

Where to Eat in Grand Teton 147

8 GATEWAYS TO YELLOWSTONE & GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARKS 151

West Yellowstone, Montana 151

Gardiner, Montana 157

Cooke City, Montana 160

Jackson, Wyoming 161

Cody, Wyoming 184

9 A YELLOWSTONE & GRAND TETON NATURE GUIDE 195

The Parks Today 196

Landscape & Geology 198

Plant Life in the Parks 202

Wildlife in the Parks 208

BLACK BEAR OR GRIZZLY BEAR? 210

WOLF OR COYOTE? 212

Birds in the Parks 215

10 PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO YELLOWSTONE & GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARKS 219

Getting There & Getting Around 219

Tips on Accommodations 223

Special Permits 223

Planning a Backcountry Trip 225

Recommended Reading 226

FAST FACTS: YELLOWSTONE & GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARKS 227

Index 240

Accommodations Index 249

Restaurant Index 249

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Frommer's Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Planning our first trip to Yellowstone was a breeze with this handy guide. We discovered places that most people at the park were never aware of, or never knew how to find. Frommer pointed out hard to reach places or places that were not well marked - such as the Lookout at Old Faithful, Uncle Tom's Trail at the Canyon. We definitely will not plan another trip without consulting a Frommer's guide first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Compact and useful, but the author is overly snarky and provides minimal information on popular attractions he deems unworthy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This compact book holds so much information. It is very easy to use, and it gives great travel tips. It includes all the information anyone could ever imagine needing to know before and during your trip. It not only hits the hilights, but goes in detailed descriptions of the not so travelled areas of the parks.
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