A vacation in Cody/Yellowstone Country is spectacular! There is so much to see and do that you should plan to stay at least 2 days exploring Yellowstone National Park and at least 2 nights outside the Park in the Cody area. The options for lodging are varied from motels to ranches to bed and breakfasts. Summer travelers should make reservations well in advance so that you get exactly what you want.
When it comes to hotels and motels in Cody/Yellowstone Country, there is something for every taste and every budget. The unique thing about the Cody/Yellowstone area is you will find a hint of the West at each property. You can choose from national chains or locally owned properties. There are some motels that offer cabins in addition to their traditional motel rooms. The historic hotels and inns provide a glimpse into the past with their interesting stories woven into their décor. The high-end and boutique hotels keep the western theme of the area but offer all the modern day amenities that you would expect of a high-end property. You can choose to be in the heart of downtown or a bit out of the way. Either way, you have lots of options. During peak season, Memorial Day to Labor Day, you should expect rates to be a little more than the off-season.
Bed and Breakfast:
If you want a quiet, relaxed atmosphere, check out a bed and breakfast. The town of Cody has several unique bed and breakfasts. Most are charming, historic homes located close to the downtown area. One is even an old church! Each bed and breakfast is unique and has its own personality. Rooms tend to be carefully decorated in a theme and have home-like amenities you just don’t get in a hotel. Bed and breakfasts are also cost effective. Rates tend to be competitive with area hotels but bed and breakfasts are all about personal service including the breakfast they serve. You also get that personal connection with the innkeeper. They are usually more than happy to visit with you about the area and provide great tips on what to see in their town. This gives you the opportunity to check out the local flavor!
If you are looking for a home away from home, then a guest house might be the perfect choice. You might have the mindset that renting a house is an extravagant choice but it can be very reasonable.
Cody/Yellowstone has several guest houses available to rent for one night, a week or even a month. There are several advantages to staying at a guest house. Having access to a full service kitchen may be healthier than eating out and can save you money. Guest houses are great when traveling with children or your extended family. They are not confined to the small space of a room and can even enjoy playing and exploring outside.
There are several lodges and guest ranches located throughout Cody/Yellowstone country. These properties are located in spectacular landscapes. Many guests experience seeing the Milky Way for the first time at these lodges and ranches! Most offer quaint cabins for one night to seven night all-inclusive packages. Guest ranch packages include lodging, meals and activities. Horseback riding is the main activity but fishing, hiking, rafting and other outdoor activities may also be part of the ranch program. Some have special children’s programs for kids of all ages. Lodges tend to have al a carte meals and activities. You can count on true western hospitality when staying at a lodge or guest ranch.
Camping in Cody/Yellowstone country is a treat! You can choose to stay in a campground in or out of town. The campgrounds in town are close to area attractions and all have full hookups. You can choose from spaces for the largest motor coach to spots for setting up a tent. A sense of community seems to be a part of staying in the full service campgrounds. Some even offer evening campfires and singers. There are also Forest Service campgrounds without hookups nestled near the Shoshone River and Buffalo Bill Reservoir. Campgrounds tend to be a very reasonable choice.
Yellowstone National Park:
There is nothing more exciting than staying in Yellowstone National Park! It is thrilling to be in such a majestic and wild place that people come from all over the world to experience. The Park has hotels, cabins and camping available. All are great options depending upon your preference. Most of the hotels are historic and have their own charm & modern amenities. Cabins tend to be a little more basic but full of personality. There are only a few campgrounds with full hookups so be prepared. No matter where you stay in the Park, you need to make reservations months in advance with the exception of some of the campgrounds that are on a first come, first serve basis.
So whether this is your first visit to the area or a regular on your getaway list, you have lots of options. As I said before, be sure to plan ahead and make reservations so you get your first choice in lodging. Until next time, I’ll be lovin’ life in Cody/Yellowstone Country!