Originally Posted by Parks
My $.02 worth. We go on a non RV vacation to Montana every summer in August. Two summers ago we vacationed near Ennis Montana. made a day trip into YNP. Was it beautiful? Yes. Did we get to see everything we wanted? No. Will we ever go back? Probably not. It was the most crowded traffic jammed place i have ever been considering it is the last place you ever want to see traffic.
First, I would definitely not drive 250 miles round trip for a day trip to Yellowstone. No, you will not see everything your want in a few hours. Folks will spend a whole week there and come back time after time to see more.
We find it's best to stay IN the park, pack a lunch and head out early morning to zero in on one direction only. You won't have the crowds in the morning and you'll see lots more animals. The next day we'd take off in another direction. Also, there are absolutely gorgeous areas that most tourists never go...seek them out. Talk to the rangers. Sometimes we'd leisurely stay around camp in the morning when everyone is out - very quiet time. Then we might take a hike in the afternoon, have an early dinner and go out in the late afternoon/early evening to spot more critters or walk the geyser trails. That's when folks will be returning to camp and it's not crowded at all.
A day trip into Yellowstone? No way.