Hot Springs, Fly Fishing and Dog Sledding - Take a Road Trip through Western Montana
Western Montana is a beautiful destination throughout the year. During the summer you can enjoy boating and swimming in the rivers and lakes, during the winter you can enjoy a wide variety of snow activities including cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. One of Western Montana's most beautiful and fascinating destinations is Yellowstone National Park.
Yellowstone National Park is the nation's first national park. It has an amazing array of natural splendors. The park is home to a huge portion of the world's hydrothermal wonders, as well as many thermal areas. In addition, to all of the stunning geological features, Yellowstone National Park is filled with beautiful views of Western Montana and is home to a wide range of wildlife.
Travelers whose destination is Yellowstone National Park should be aware that this park is an extremely popular summer destination. Lodging within the park is difficult to secure at times. There are plenty of lodging options just outside the park, which allow for easy access to the park.
After arranging lodging one of the first things visitors to Yellowstone National Park should do is stop at one of the visitor centers. The visitor centers have information on all of the fascinating destinations within the park. In addition, visitor centers have information on what types of wildlife to watch for. Those travelers that would like to explore deeper into the park will also need to arrange for a backcountry permit at one of the visitor centers or ranger stations.
At the visitor centers, travelers can learn about the different areas of the park, each with its own natural wonders. Within the park there are so many points of interest it is almost impossible to really explore everything during one trip. Learning about each region can help visitors prioritize which parts they want to explore.
The Mammoth District's main attraction are the Mammoth Hot Springs, where the hot waters pass through limestone continually creating new formations. Visitors to the Mammoth District can also explore the Gardner River. Tower-Roosevelt District is home to examples of petrified trees, as well as the amazing Tower Fall. The Canyon District of Yellowstone is home to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Visitors to the Grant District can enjoy the beauty of Yellowstone Lake, the largest lake in the park. The Lake Area also highlights Yellowstone Lake as well as the beauty of the Hayden and Pelican Valleys. Those travelers that wish to see the Artist Paint Pots thermal area should visit the Madison District. Norris Geyser Basin, in the Norris District is one of the most active thermal areas in the park. Of course, Old Faithful is another amazing destination not to be missed in the Old Faithful District.
Visitors to Yellowstone National Park can enjoy a wide variety of outdoor recreation while exploring all of the features of the park. The park is a great destination for bicycling. Bicycle rentals are available within the park and there are many areas where bicycling is permitted. The park can also be explored while hiking in the backcountry, which is a great way to enjoy the wildlife viewing opportunities within the park.
Yellowstone is also a fantastic spot to enjoy fishing. Fly fishing is popular within the park. The area has plenty of fishing destinations in and out of the park. Travelers can even book fly fishing guides that can take visitors to good fishing spots, and help them work on their fishing technique.
Winter in the park is also very beautiful. Visitors during the winter should be sure to be aware of the changing conditions and dates. Travelers that get a winter permit can enjoy a wide variety of winter activities within the park, including cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and even ranger-led programs. The region around Yellowstone also has plenty of winter activities, including downhill skiing and snowboarding destinations, as well as dog sledding tours.
After spending the day exploring all of the amazing natural features of the park visitors can stop to enjoy some delicious food at the Three Bears Lodge and Restaurant. Travelers can also spend time learning about the history of the region at nearby museums including, the Museum of the Yellowstone and more. No trip would be complete without picking up a souvenir, which can be found at Christmas in Montana or the Madison Gift Shop and more.
Yellowstone National Park and Western Montana is a road trip destination filled with opportunities for creating amazing memories. The park is filled with sights and natural features found nowhere else in the world. Throughout the region there are tremendous opportunities for enjoying outdoor activities and much more.