Top 10 best things to do in Yellowstone in July
- Plan your day to include as little driving as possible.
- Take walks through flowering meadows and young conifer woods (there was a big fire here in 1989, so no old forest), passing blue ponds, streams and waterfalls. Several trails start or end in geothermal areas which is a good way to see those.
- Find a bison to look at, but without getting too close.
- Play at scaring yourself that a bear is going to come and join in your picnic.
- Watch the squirrels, chipmunks and groundhogs beg pathetically to be allowed to join in your picnic and say very rude things to them while refusing.
- Stay at Mammoth Springs (it's much nicer than Old Faithful).
- See the lobby of the Old Faithful Inn, even though it involves putting up with the madhouse that is the Old Faithful area in July.
- See the Old Faithful geyser go off from the viewing platform of the Old Faithful Inn.
- Try out the cocktails in the bars or restaurants of the main park hotels.
- Have dinner in the restaurant of any of the main park hotels.
- Bonus game to play: see how many people you bump into from your state/country, or see if you can spot a license plate from every US state.
Top 10 worst things to do in Yellowstone in July
(disclaimer: #4 is not from personal experience!)
- Try to do drive and stop touring of the main geothermal areas, along with everyone else.
- Forget to take warm and waterproof clothing with you when going on walks.
- Get caught in a traffic jam caused by people trying to look at a bison.
- Have a bear come and join in your picnic for real.
- Have a chipmunk unexpectedly climb up your leg in its determination to beg some of your picnic.
- Set foot inside the Old Faithful visitor center.
- Look at the ridiculous assortment of hokey souvenirs in the park 'general stores'.
- Let your hat (or other personal items, such as children) blow or fall off the boardwalk into the geothermal areas.
- Try to make picnics day after day from the pathetic and unhealthy assortment of ingredients in the park 'general stores'.
- Be in a hurry while trying to get seated and served in one of the park's restaurants.
- Bonus game to play: keep track of the most appalling instances of rudeness and arrogance you encounter from staff or from your fellow visitors and pin them in an album to tell your grandchildren.