When is the best time to visit Yellowstone National Park?

I’ve lived in Chicago for about five years. After being here for so long, I’m ready to get away from people for a while. Yellowstone has always been high on my list, so I want to start planning a trip. What is the best time to visit Yellowstone National Park?

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Answer provided by
Eric Schad
Answered on May 13, 2022
If you want to take a road trip from Chicago, the best time to visit Yellowstone National Park is in the spring. This is when the bears emerge from hibernation, migrating birds arrive, and the crowds are decidedly smaller.
Aside from the chance to see bears and birds, here’s what else you can do in Yellowstone National Park in the spring:
  • Hike or bike over 900 miles of trails that run throughout the park
  • Book a fly fishing trip for a unique Yellowstone experience
  • Visit the Yellowstone Art & Photography Center
  • Take your picture in front of Old Faithful—just make sure to get the timing right!
  • Go for a dip in Boiling River Hot Springs—it’ll warm you right up if the weather is uncooperative
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