Autumn in Jackson Hole

DO these things when you visit Yellowstone

On our recent trip to Yellowstone, I came up with this simple list of things I think you should DO.

DO keep your expectations low for food inside Yellowstone, and DO eat a good meal in Jackson. I will be honest. This time, the food in Yellowstone was not good. Maybe because it was so late in the season. We found only two restaurants that were open this late in the season and both times I got a hamburger that tasted like it had been in the back of the freezer all year. So we were really looking forward to getting back to Jackson where we could eat something good. We decided on breakfast at the Virginian, and were not disappointed.

My meal: feta and spinach omelet.

Jeds meal: corned beef and hash.

DO be kind to the other tourists. I know it can be annoying, waiting for tourist after tourist to get their 100th selfie when you are just trying to walk without stopping every 5 seconds. But one of my favorite moments was an encounter with some tourists from China. They were attempting to take a selfie when my husband offered to take a picture of them. They nodded, not able to speak English, and handed him their iPhone. My husband said, “Thanks!” and abruptly turned around like he was going to run off with their phone. Thankfully, they knew he was kidding and immediately laughed out loud. It was a sweet moment, when humor broke the language and cultural barrier.

DO take a backpack if you have a toddler. We tried a stroller at first but there are so many fun little trails that have rough terrain and stairs, so a backpack is the way to go.

Look how happy she is in the backpack.

 

DO visit a spot you’ve never been to before. I’ve been to Yellowstone several times, but there are so many little sites to visit that I still haven’t seen them all. Here’s one that I really enjoyed. I can’t even tell you what it was called, but it was cool:

DO play the license plate game. Yellowstone requires lots and lots of time in the car. We like to pass the time with the license plate game. This game pretty much only works in Yellowstone. Most times we go to Yellowstone, we can find 49 of the 50 states in just a couple days. Rhode Island is usually the one we can’t find. I have no idea how the Hawaii plates get here, but we do see them! Download an app like this one to keep track.

 

by Jessica Heath

 

2 responses to “DO these things when you visit Yellowstone”

  1. Korinne says:

    This was a fun read! I want to go visit Yellowstone in the off season sometime. Thanks for posting this.
    First comment! 🙂

  2. Laura B. says:

    How fun! We want to take the kids there someday. We will definitely play the licence-plate game!

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