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questions about Olympic mountain and way to yellowstone

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1. Posted by sunxm79 (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

Hi,

I still working on my vacation plan, I will spend 2 days in Olympic mountain, then will stop by mountain rainer, and drive to yellowstone.

so I want to know in Olympic NP where worth to go because I just have 2 days. and have any good recommendation about inn or hotel in that park?

on the way to yellowstone, about 900miles, so have any funny place worth to stop by ? then maybe I can spend 1 night, otherwise I just can live in motel beside highway.

in yellowstone, where I can find more information about that? I want to know which is most beautiful place in that park and what place worth to go because I also just have 2-3 days.

thanks your help!

2. Posted by KeetSeel (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

You'll want to drive to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic, but there is really just a small portion of the park accessible without hiking and camping...but you could get your fill of Olympic in a couple of hours and then drive down to Port Angeles and take a ferry over to Victoria, stay the night, take the ferry back to PA the next late afternoon, drive to Port Townsend and take the ferry to Seattle...

Yellowstone is another story...its total area is larger than all the national parks and national monuments east of the Mississippi put together...it's comprised of 5 really different areas, and you could easily spend a full day in each one, so for 2-3 days, you'll need to make some choices...wildlife (bears, moose) are on the southeastern side of the park, geysers are on the west, Lake Yellowstone is south central, paint pots marble terraces are in the northwest, and Yellowstone Falls is in the center...enjoy!

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 9y

Actually, most of the buffalo are on the west/southwest side of the park, although I agree that most of the wildlife in general are on the southeast/eastern side.

I think the buffalo migrated to the west so that they can be close to the geysers and geyser pools to stay warm during the very cold and snowy winter months in the park.

4. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 9y

You know, that reminds me of a time.....

They close Yellowstone in the wintertime, but once my wife and I were there in the late Fall right before they closed the park, and it started to snow. My wife and I wanted to go visit the geyser pools before leaving, so we parked the car nearby and walked up the ramps to the pools while the snow started coming down heavier.

Once we got to the geyser pools with the steam coming off of them, we were completely warm. The steam was melting the snow as it fell and turning it into rain. So we literaly had warm steam water rising up and cold melted snow water coming down and yet we, in the middle of this snowstorm, were entirely comfortable, and the steam was drying our jackets as soon as the cold water would fall on them. At the same time, buffalo started to approach the geyser pools, yet were slow to come by ours since we were standing there--and they didn't know what to make of us. So, surreal...and unforgetable.

Unfortunately, we had to leave--both for our own safety (didn't want to end up surrounded by buffalo), and because we were afraid we'd have our car get snowed in. But it was quite an experience to have.

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 9y

Wow... that's just amazing. A once in a lifetime experience, sounds like.

  • glad to have read about it*