My mom has lived in Bozeman, Montana, for … hmm … going on two decades now and as part of our first trip there back in 2011 while my mom was going through cancer treatment, we three spent the day driving around Yellowstone National Park taking in the sites, sounds, and smells. It takes approximately 1.5 hours to reach the geysers from Bozeman, but within about 45 minutes you’ve reached the outer edge of the park. If you’re not staying inside the park at one of the lodges, I would really recommend Bozeman as your home base because the town – home to Montana State University – is absolutely adorable.
To this day I laugh because everyone before I went kept going on and on about how many bison we would see. You know how many we saw? ONE. He was just strolling around a parking lot all by his lonesome, looking like he didn’t have a care in the world. Since then we’ve seen several videos of eejit tourists getting gored by them so in hindsight I’m kind of glad that if we were going to get that up close and personal with one, it was a dude who was pretty chill about the whole encounter. Other than that, the most wildlife we saw was a giant herd of elk. We went in mid-September and I had been told that we might still encounter a lot of people, but that it wouldn’t be as bad as during the peak summer season before everyone goes back to school. We passed a few people fishing in the river, but otherwise didn’t see much of anyone – including cars – until we reached the first pullout for the geysers and even then, there weren’t that many. Certainly no tour buses, which I really appreciated since I *hate* dealing with that sort of crowd.
Lodging: Mountain Home Vacation Rentals