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“stunning views, great water falls”

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

You pay a 25$ entry to Yellow stone park and this is valid for 6 days, so anything you go and see if free.
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

We undertook a road trip from Yellowstone to Grand Canyon and I need to say that my road trip would not have been possible had it not been for Trip Advisor and all the people who contribute their reviews of accommodation and the places you must see. None of us had ever been to America and were not sure about the distances involved.

I would also recommend anyone going to the Yellowstone National Park and Grand Tetons to purchase Janet Chapple’s very comprehensive book called “Yellowstone Treasures”, which is available from Amazon. I found it indispensable with little maps of each area. It is an amazingly useful book, which is full of geological information and the best sites to visit if you have limited time. It must have been a labour of love.

The first two weeks of June was a good time to travel as there was very little traffic. Trip Advisor has a very good page covering US driving regulations and I would recommend anyone travelling in the US for the first time to familiarise themselves with it.

When it was too late, we decided we should have purchased a cool box for keeping drinks and munchies cold en route because of the time on the road. You could probably find one at a Wallmart or Safeway store. We could then have left it behind it the airport.
When planning this kind of trip you need to factor in the amount of time it takes getting around inside the parks because if it is busy you can get stuck behind nervous drivers doing below the speed limit and you cannot pass. The park entrance is often many miles from the beginning of the attractions.

The park fees are valid for 7 days and you can go in and out as many times as you like during that period. If you are expecting to travel to more than one park, it may be cheaper to buy an $80 America the Beautiful park pass, which will cover them all. If you have a US senior with you, it is only $10.
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons $25
Antelope Island – Great Salk Lake $10
Canyonlands $10
Arches $10
Mesa Verde $15
Natural Bridges National Monument $6
Monument Valley $25
Little Colorado Overlook donation to Indians
Grand Canyon, North & South Rims $25
Hoover Dam ? we only stopped at the parking spaces and didn’t take the tour
Lake Mead $10

Obviously there is not much plumbing in the parks so be prepared for a hole in the ground toilet, except where there are visitor centres. This will have a conventional toilet seat over it, with a hole at the base, usually with toilet paper and a grab rail. You can wash your hands in some of them, but otherwise it is useful to carry wipes or alcohol rub. Some of them are pretty disgusting.
See separate review for the Beartooth and Chief Joseph Highways.

We bought dollars online at 1.524 / £ in England and I picked them up at Amex at Heathrow. The airport rate was £1.40, Travelex was worse at 1.39. Don’t expect to get a better rate in the US as we found that you need to go to an international bank, as the local ones do not carry pounds, and we only got $1.40 with Wells Fargo. Obviously you can use any ATMs. The currency desk at Las Vegas airport at the front door was buying back was 0.56.

Before we left we were under the impression that America was cheap, but the only thing we found cheaper was the petrol. We did 2,933 miles and typically paid between $3.363 to $3.999 per American gallon (which is 3.79 litres compared to English 4.54 litres). We had a Ford Taurus and used about 120 gallons, leaving it with a full tank.

Food seems to be the equivalent of English prices, not always the huge portions we are led to believe. We averaged $100 for 3 main courses and drinks – we never eat starters or sweets. Beer and spirits are about the same as England, but there is a larger selection of beers because there are a lot of micro breweries as the law is relaxed. Be prepared to show your passport if you are under 40!!

The Navajo jewellery is nice and there are beautiful silver and turquoise inlaid pendants and rings, but these are very expensive. They also make unusual horsehair pottery.

One of the difficult things for an English driver is the speed limits. There were miles and miles of completely straight roads like some of our A roads (one lane going each way) with barely any traffic and it is hard not to open up when the speed limit is anything from 45 - 65 mph. There are a lot of double yellow lines in the middle of the road and you have to wait for a passing lane.

3  Thank oldduckHarlow
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

Great views. The falls are simply terrific, if you are able, at least one of the trips to get a better view of the falls (i.e. Uncle Tom's Trail or Red Rock Point) are completely worth the exertion!!

Thank CincyParrotthead
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

The grand canyon of Yellowstone is absolutely stunning scenery. The two best places to see it was Artist Point and Inspiration Point. Both are easily accessible, even for those who dislike walking. Both are handicapped accessible.

Thank wendywr
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is not to be missed. Pick up a brochure at the Information station for 50 cents that has a good map of the area. The Canyon can be seen by viewing the Upper and Lower Falls. Take the falls road and view the Upper Falls first as the road is a one-way loop and you will have to backtrack if viewing the Lower Falls first. The trail to the Upper fallls from the parking lot is about a block and involves at least one flight of stairs to a spectacular view. Outhouse restrooms are located at the Upper Falls. There are a number of viewing areas and trails at the Lower Falls. A very easy, short rim trail leads you along the edge of the Canyon and is worth walking if time permits. Allow plenty of time to see the Canyon and Falls to enjoy the views. A picnic lunch at the Lower Falls would be fun.

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