Best places to stay in and near yellowstone national park

When we started planning our American road trip with Yellowstone as one the main highlights of the trip, we knew just one thing – you have to book Yellowstone accommodation as early as possible. The best places to stay in Yellowstone National Park for high season are usually fully booked a year in advance. But what are the best places to stay in Yellowstone? And what are the best alternatives outside the park if Yellowstone accommodation is either not available or way above your budget? In order to help you to get the most out of your trip, I created this complete guide to the best places to stay in and near Yellowstone.

This post covers the best Yellowstone summer lodging options, as well as the best alternatives outside the park. Since we don’t camp, I am not going to cover camping accommodations.

Just remember that same rule applies to camping in Yellowstone – if traveling in high season book as early as you can. Yellowstone campings for the summer months are usually fully booked, so don’t count on finding a spot upon arrival.

Before we continue with the best places to stay in Yellowstone, I want to share this. If you are traveling to Yellowstone with a big family (2 adults and 3 or 4 kids), there are only two places where you can book a big family suite inside the park – Canyon Village and Lake Yellowstone. If big family rooms are not available anymore, your only option is to book two separate rooms (or smuggle an extra child into a 4-p room ;)). Alternatively, you can opt to stay outside the park, which is also much more affordable. What is the best location to stay in Yellowstone for sightseeing

Yellowstone National Park is huge and it might be overwhelming having to choose just one location for sightseeing. Depending on the duration of your stay in Yellowstone, I would suggest that you book two strategically located accommodations and avoid having to drive too much. We chose the following areas for our 4-day stay in Yellowstone: 3 nights at Canyon Village and 1 night at Old Faithful. If all the accommodation in the Old Faithful area is fully booked, West Yellowstone outside the park is probbaly the best alternative (see below).

Canyon Lodge is a brand new accommodation in Yellowstone that contains 5 beautiful lodges with a total of 400 guest rooms, including spacious suites for big families. Note that only the lodges are new, not the cabins. But modern facilities and brand new lodges is not the only reason why we chose Canyon Lodge as our main accommodation in Yellowstone for 3 nights.

Canyon Village has the best location for sightseeing in Yellowstone! Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is just a few minutes drive from here. Hayden Valley, Norris Basin, Mount Washburn, Tower – Roosevelt area, Yellowstone Lake, and even Lamar Valley and Mammoth Hot Springs – all these places are easily accessible from Canyon Village. So if you are looking for the best centrally located accommodation in Yellowstone, you cannot go wrong with staying at the Canyon Village. The only area that is a bit far for sightseeing, is the Old Faithful and the surrounding geyser basins. But even the Old Faithful can be visited from your lodge in Canyon Village; just expect some delays due to busy traffic.

One of the must-see landmarks of Yellowstone is undoubtedly the Old Faithful Inn. Famous for its remarkable log structure dating from 1904, the OF Inn is the most popular lodging facility in Yellowstone National park. It is considered a must to stay in the OF Inn when visiting Yellowstone. It was the first accommodation we secured for our American road trip last summer, afterwards we ‘built’ the rest of the trip around it.

First, the Old Faithful has a great location. Staying here for one night (in addition to 3 nights at the Canyon Lodge), made it easy for us to explore all the geyser basins in the area. But for that you don’t have to stay at the Inn itself. If it’s the location that you are most interested in, then you can also choose for the OF Lodge Cabins or the OF Snow Lodge and Cabins. All more affordable options and easier to secure a reservation for.

And last, the Old Faithful Inn itself is a very impressive building that is definitely worth visiting. But for that you don’t have to stay in the lodge. Anyone is free to come and go as they wish. You can sit on the terrace overlooking the Old Faithful geyser, you can dine at the OF Inn restaurant, and you can take an introductory tour of the Old Faithful Inn to appreciate this historic landmark even more.