Yellowstone National Park was founded in 1872 as the United States' first national park. The uniqueness of the park comes from the number and variety of geysers and other hydrothermal and located in the park. In fact, Yellowstone contains approximately half the world's hydrothermal features.
Unfortunately, the National Park Yellowstone lost their nearest Amtrak service in 1979. The only low-fare carriers fly to the area directly to Denver and the Southwest. Therefore, using a combination Amtrak trains and buses is the cheapest way for many people to travel to the Yellowstone area. Here are five tips / advice for their journey indeed / From Yellowstone, by land:
One: You must know the park of the tickets available for you at the time of year you are traveling. During the peak months travel from mid-May to early November, the five entries are open north, near Gardiner, MT, West, near West Yellowstone, MT; south near Jackson, WY; East near Cody, Wyoming and northeast, near Silver Gate, MT. From mid November, only the north entrance is open until spring.
Two: If you are traveling to Yellowstone via Amtrak, when all inputs are open, ride the California Zephyr to Salt Lake City is the railway line the election. Coming from the west, the train arrives in Salt Lake City at 4:05 am. You can take the bus from Salt Lake City Express to Jackson, WY at 7:30 am. You want to land at the airport in Jackson at 2:15 pm so you can take advantage of drive from the airport, rental facilities. To return to the west, you can take 11:30 am from Salt Lake Express bus to take the Amtrak out 11:30 pm.
Coming from the east, the California Zephyr arrives in Salt Lake City at 11:00 pm. They may want rent a hotel room for the night, since the bus from Salt Lake City Express does not leave until 7:30 in the morning (as noted above.) For back east, should follow the same 11:30 bus described above. Since arriving at 6:15 pm in Salt Lake City and leaving the train is not until 4:30 am, you might want to book a hotel room for the night.
Three: In the winter, you must use the Empire Builder to get north of Yellowstone National Park entrance. The best way to connect with the Empire Builder is through Spokane, Washington. Greyhound Lines has a convenient schedule that works well with Amtrak. Part of the beauty of the connection through Spokane is that trains arrive and depart early morning in both directions. So if you go to Yellowstone, the train will arrive in Spokane, not later than 2:00 am. You can take the Greyhound bus 5:05 am and arrive in Bozeman, MT at 12:50 pm. In Bozeman, there's a 4:50 am bus that arrives in Spokane at 12:35 am. The first train leaves at 1:15 Spokane. Spokane Connection is easy, since it uses the Greyhound station in Spokane as your deposit. Since the connections occur in middle of the night, this is very convenient. Moreover, this connection works well throughout the year if coming from the northwest.
Four: If you are planning to drive to Yellowstone from Bozeman, you must use one of the car rental facilities at the airport. Although there are some car rental locations in the city, which have a limited hours, especially on weekends. Some of the facilities of the airport car rental will pick you up at the Amtrak station Bozeman, at no additional charge for extra comfort.
Five: Both the California Zephyr and Empire Builder trains are all reserved. If you are experiencing technical service of Amtrak or sleeping accommodation Superliner, you must make reservations in advance. When buying your tickets in advance for both Amtrak and bus services, you can receive discounted rates advance purchase and special rates for students and seniors.
Charles Self is the editor of the Amtrak Train Stations Across America website. At http://passengertraininfo.com/yellowstone.aspx you will find additional information on traveling to Yellowstone National Park and Amtrak train stations.
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