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How to Spend 2 Days in Yellowstone National Park

How to Spend 2 Days in Yellowstone National Park

With two days in Yellowstone National Park, you don't need to pick and choose which sights to see, since you have enough time to visit the park's North Loop and South Loop, see Old Faithful, and even float on the Yellowstone River. Here are your options for two days in Yellowstone. 

Day 1: Park Sightseeing

**Morning:**On your first day in Yellowstone, get your bearings with a full-day tour of the national park. Hop on an air-conditioned vehicle to explore top park sights, including Old Faithful, Yellowstone Lake, and Hayden Valley. Snap fantastic photos of roaming wildlife, which is plentiful in late summer.

**Afternoon:**If you booked a tour, enjoy a picnic lunch with your group (included with most tours), then head on to the Northern Range of the park. Don't miss Lamar Valley, which is known as a wintering ground for bison and elk and home to packs of wolves. 

**Night:**After your busy day touring Yellowstone, enjoy dinner in one of the park's historic lodges. If you're around Old Faithful, stop at the Old Faithful Inn Dining Room. On the north side of the lake, dine at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel for regional cuisine, including Montana trout.

Day 2: Adventuring in the Great Outdoors

**Morning:**Since you've seen the park's top sights, spend your second day enjoying outdoor activities. Try a morning rafting excursion through Class II and III rapids on the Yellowstone River, or, for a calmer adventure, opt for a river float or a kayaking tour on Yellowstone Lake.

**Afternoon:**In the afternoon, don't miss a hike up Mount Washburn. Start from the Dunraven Pass Trailhead or Chittenden Road parking area, and enjoy the lookout from the top of the mountain, where you see parkland stretching out for 50 miles (80 kilometers). 

**Night:**With no light pollution in the park, be sure to look up at the stunning night sky. You can join a ranger stargazing program, or stop by the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center or Mammoth Hot Springs boardwalks for safe, peaceful spots to look up at the stars.

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Kayak Day Paddle on Yellowstone Lake

Explore the rocky shores and tranquil waters of Yellowstone Lake on a 6-hour kayak tour with a professional guide. Climb into either a single or double kayak and then set out to discover the beauty of Yellowstone Lake at a relaxed pace. Scour the rugged shores for native wildlife like elk, moose and bison; watch otters frolic in the warm waters of the lake; appease your appetite with a delicious picnic lunch; and paddle beside the West Thumb Geyser Basin to see incredible geothermic features. No previous kayaking experience is necessary for this enjoyable excursion.
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