(VIDEO & MAP) Philly Family Guide to Exploring Yellowstone Country Montana in the Summer with Kids
If planning a Yellowstone trip with the kids is on your family bucket list, you’ll want to bookmark this page.
This 7-day itinerary we mapped out with Yellowstone Country Montana helped us unplug and explore the region within AND beyond the park, through the diverse landscape for daily adventures and plenty of small town charm. If you’re considering a trip to the region they would be happy to send you a free travel packet by mail.
Yellowstone Country Montana Family Summer Vacation Video
Make The Most of Your Yellowstone Country Montana Vacation.
Important Lessons We Learned on Ours:
1. Bozeman, Montana is the perfect gateway to the region. The airport has daily flights from major US hubs, and the lodge decor welcomes everyone upon arrival, complementing the peaks beyond the tarmac. Plus American Airlines just announced that they will launch flights from Philly to Bozeman next summer! From Bozeman it’s an easy jaunt to Big Sky or Livingston and then on to Yellowstone.
2. This is big country with long drives between sites: snacks, drinks, and planned meals keep everyone going.
3. Internet is spotty, our AT&T service dropped or did not exist in many places.
4. The weather is dynamic and fickle, so dress in layers and be ready for anything; keep track of the forecast as your departure approaches and pack accordingly, prepped for cooler mornings and spotty showers.
5. You need an appropriate car, and an on-board GPS is a good idea because you cannot count on your phone; our Subaru Outback was perfect: great gas mileage, comfortable, GPS , and phone integration.
6. Everyone says bear spray is a must and reminds us that it is to be sprayed at charging bear not worn as bug spray. The chances of encountering a bear in this manner are remote.
7. Definitely get your trip souvenirs at Montana Grizzly Encounter: 100% of the proceeds support the care of the bears. I grabbed t-shirts for the kids and a bear mug for my morning coffee, which has helped me ease into each morning to remember this amazing trip.
8. Take the long way home. We especially enjoyed driving on on Pine Creek Road after Rock Climbing with Montana Alpine Guides in Paradise Valley and then casually taking detours down three different Canyon Roads on the way back to Bozeman.
9. Don’t give up if they kids give you a hard time about trying new things. I gave the staff at Jakes Horses and Montana Alpine Guides a heads up that the kids were not sure about participating because these were DEFINITELY new experiences for them and they took great care of us. (And the kids ended up having a GREAT time!)
10. This was the first time I booked a professional family photo session on a vacation and I’m SO glad I hired Erin Kaye Photography on this trip! I love the high quality images she took of our family and I can’t wait to decorate my home with them.