Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful Inn

Old Faithful Inn

With Old Faithful as the backdrop, Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful Inn is an awesome place to stay. It’s an easy walk from the Inn to all of the geysers in this geyser basin, including Old Faithful. Bison are a part of the geyser basin scene, as are bears, marmots, osprey, and swallows. Visitors can also just wander out to the Old Faithful Inn veranda and sit on one of the handy benches to watch the geysers and the bison. If you love history, try to get a room in the “Old House,” which is the original section of the Inn. Our room in the Old House was remarkable–gorgeous woodwork, gigantic tiled bathroom, and geyser-basin views.

You can also stay in the Snow Lodge, which is just a short walk from the Old Faithful Inn. In fact, if you are planning a winter-season visit, the Snow Lodge is the place to stay. Rooms in the Snow Lodge are super deluxe and modern. We stayed in one of the upper-floor rooms and we could hear Old Faithful erupting from the open windows throughout the night.

Dining options range from simple to fancy, and menus are meat and non-meat eater friendly. Coffee lovers beware! Some rooms have coffee makers, but not all. Our Snow Lodge room had a fancy coffee maker; our Old House room had no coffee maker.

As for animal interactions—don’t be fooled by the proximity of parking lots, tour busses, and all of the other infrastructure around the geyser basin! Bison browse right next to the walkways, so be prepared to alter your route. Bears, too, walk right through the area—we’ve seen prints on each of our visits. The walkways, boardwalks, and the paths between buildings are modestly illuminated at night (if at all). This makes for great nighttime star viewing, and we have been up enjoying the park until after 1:00 a.m. on some nights, but be careful if you are planning an after-dark walk through this area.

Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone National Park. Image by Kurt Angersbach /Westernlabs

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