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  1. Default Spokane WA to Yellowstone

    Later this week we are flying into Spokane,WA and renting a car. My husband and I arrive in Spokane on October 3rd around 1pm. We will have five full days.

    Upon arrival we will rent our car and head to Court De laine, ID and spend a day there. From there head towards Yellowstone from the North and spend 2 days there. Upon leaving the park we will out out the western entrance back to Spokane.

    From what I read tourist levels at low in October so that should help with time through the park. We don't plan on doing any hiking, just sight seeing or walking up to a point of interest. Of course I will see Old Faithful

    I am looking for suggestions on what to see in Yellowstone and along the way driving from Spokane. I wish we had longer than 5 days. But it is what it is. We enjoy nature. Open to suggestions.

    Also suggestions for nice clean inexpensive motel rooms along the route would be nice.

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    Default It's HUGE !

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    Yellowstone is huge and there is no shortage of things to see and do. As well as Old Faithful there are Norris and Firehole river Geyser basins, Mammoth Hot Springs, the Grand canyon of the Yellowstone, the Hayden Valley, Yellowstone lake and West Thumb, Tower Falls, Gibbon Falls, the Lamar Valley and much, much more ! All are worthy of a visit but it's important that you do things in your own time and if you don't get around to everything there is always another day. When you arrive in the park you will be given guidebooks and the Rangers are always happy to talk to you about their favourite spots.

    If that were not enough you have the Grand Tetons to the south of the park !

    We were there just 3 weeks ago and liked the Moose Creek Inn in W Yellowstone as a budget friendly lodging option. We also had a cabin in Yellowstone NP at Canyon. They were clean and tidy but basic but good value for $99 per night by comparision. If you have checked the Yellowstone site for availability with no luck, keep checking as cancellations are not uncommon. There is no cooking allowed in the rooms [or outside] and not even a kettle in the room but there is a cafeteria, dining room and Deli nearby, the Deli is just ridiculously expensive. There are various lodging options options throughout the park, we also stayed at Grant village lodge that we found nice and less commercialised than Canyon, but the rooms were [I think] $155 per night

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    Thanks for the last reply.

    Maybe I should clarify a bit more.

    I am sure there is plenty to do in Yellowstone, as husband has been there before I have not. I'm looking more for suggestions for things to do on the drive down and up to Spokane. I figure one geyser or one hot spring or mud pit is going look the same after awhile. I only have 2 days to commit to yellowstone. 5 days out west isn't much but it's all we can afford for food/lodging.

    Also cheap lodging, I'm talking $50-$60 a night and it can be outside the park. We are there just to sleep and shower. Lodging on the way to Yellowstone and back is important as well. I'm looking for something maybe privately owned not a chain that is cheap but clean.

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    Default Couple of 'Problems'

    The drive from Coeur d'Alene to Yellowstone will be gorgeous, however at 460 miles, some of it on two-lane roads, it's going to take the better part of a full day to make the drive. And, unfortunately, there's really only one real option for a route, so you can't explore different roads going and coming. However, all is not lost. There are a few things to do along the way where you can take an hour or so off from driving, and you can do one or two on the way from Coeur d'Alene to Yellowstone and one or two on the way back. Those sites are: the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, Beavertail Hill State Park, the Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, and the World Museum of Mining. In addition, you'll be driving through both the Lolo and Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forests. A check at any of the regional ranger offices should yield a few hikes well within your comfort zone.

    As far as lodging goes, you should be able to find something relatively inexpensive since you'll be well off-season. I remember a few years ago when I visited in the fall that I found a nice clean cheap motel room in West Yellowstone, just outside the park boundaries, and I practically had the entire town to myself. Sorry, I can't remember the name of the motel, but you should be able to find it with something with a simple search.

    AZBuck
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    Maybe I should clarify a bit more. I am sure there is plenty to do in Yellowstone, as husband has been there before I have not. I'm looking more for suggestions for things to do on the drive down and up to Spokane.
    Well actually, you did ask. lol

    I am looking for suggestions on what to see in Yellowstone
    I figure one geyser or one hot spring or mud pit is going look the same after awhile.
    I think [hope] you may see things differently once you have been and have taken in the 'BIG picture'.

    Have a great trip !

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZBuck View Post
    The drive from Coeur d'Alene to Yellowstone will be gorgeous, however at 460 miles, some of it on two-lane roads, it's going to take the better part of a full day to make the drive. And, unfortunately, there's really only one real option for a route, so you can't explore different roads going and coming. However, all is not lost. There are a few things to do along the way where you can take an hour or so off from driving, and you can do one or two on the way from Coeur d'Alene to Yellowstone and one or two on the way back. Those sites are: the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, Beavertail Hill State Park, the Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, and the World Museum of Mining. In addition, you'll be driving through both the Lolo and Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forests. A check at any of the regional ranger offices should yield a few hikes well within your comfort zone.

    As far as lodging goes, you should be able to find something relatively inexpensive since you'll be well off-season. I remember a few years ago when I visited in the fall that I found a nice clean cheap motel room in West Yellowstone, just outside the park boundaries, and I practically had the entire town to myself. Sorry, I can't remember the name of the motel, but you should be able to find it with something with a simple search.

    AZBuck
    Thanks for the information. I hated the fact of the drive and was looking for things to do to break up the trip. I will check into your suggestions.

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    With two days in Yellowstone, you could definitely see some things! The roads make a figure 8 with a few offshoots. One day, you could go on the south loop, which would take you to Old Faithful, Yellowstone Lake, the paint pots, and more. The north loop will take you to Mammoth Hot Springs, Canyon Village, and more. It's hardly a few geysers, some mud pots and a lake. It's pure beauty!


    Donna

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    Default And more...

    Quote Originally Posted by DonnaR57 View Post
    It's hardly a few geysers, some mud pots and a lake. It's pure beauty!
    .... on top of the abundance of wildlife!

    Lifey

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    Make sure you are staying on top of the news out of Washington. It looks like we could be seeing a Government shutdown starting on Oct. 1, and if it lasts more than a day or two it would directly impact your trip.

    All National Parks, including Yellowstone, will be closed if there is a shutdown. It would also impact National Historic sites, like Grant-Kohrs Ranch that Buck mentioned, and pretty much every other attraction that is run by the Federal Government.

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    I heard that and its going rain on my parade if this is the case. airline tickets are non-refundable. so it looks like I may be doing something else out west instead.

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