A Winter Tour at Yellowstone National Park

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Peach Loop. Today we are exploring fun you and your family can have this winter.  Read along as I talk about some of the winter tours of Yellowstone National Park you can take!


My wife, daughter and I have been to Yellowstone National Park just once as a family.  We spent 3 days visiting as part of a trip we took to visit Cindy’s family as part of our 5th anniversary, way back in 2005.  Since we were there in August, this is part of what we were exposed to for that trip.

Yellowstone

Gorgeous scenery, incredible temperatures, and believe it or not, we actually received quite a bit of hail on our last day there — enough that it looked like snow.  But despite the incredible scenes and memories we have from that trip, one thing I really want to experience once is the experience of visiting Yellowstone National Park in the winter!

Yellowstone

Yellowstone Alpine Guides is just one of the companies that offers tours to Yellowstone in the winter, and they utilize some of the original snowcoaches that were introduced into Yellowstone, back in the 1950s. You can read more about these unique vehicles on the Yellowstone Alpine Guides website. There are a full line of different winter tours that you can take, with rates that vary depending on the tour you take.  Here’s a breakdown of the ones that YAG offers:

Old Faithful Winter Tour

This tour is offered from December 15 – March 15.  Rates for this trip, which includes options for skiing and snowshoeing if you wish, are $145 for adults, $135 for seniors, and $110 for children under age 16.  There are some extra costs that aren’t factored in these prices, such as park admission, taxes, gratuities, and any lunch costs.  The Old Faithful tour is done via snowcoach.

The Canyon Winter Snowcoach Tour

You can take this tour from December 15 – March 6th.  This all day tour runs from 9AM – 5PM, and you’ll need to bring your own lunch for this because there are no locations for food during this tour.  Transportation is also via snowcoach, and features the following highlights of Yellowstone: Yellowstone Falls, Norris Geyser Basin, Natural Thermal Features, Yellowstone’s Wildlife.  This tour offers the same prices as the Old Faithful tour.

Yellowstone Quick Escapes Tours

If you have more time and want to experience both tours, then a Quick Escape Tour might be just the thing for you.  From $209/person you will have two nights and be able to pick one tour.  Lodging is in West Yellowstone and includes lodging, breakfast and the tour of your choice.  However, if you have the time, you can schedule the 3 night/2 tour package.  I’m not sure what the pricing for that one is, but it would cover both tours.

Yellowstone Winter Photography Tours

If you have a big group and you like to take photos, you may want to look into a chartered winter photography tour.  These tours are for up to 8 guests, travel by snowcoach, and are flexible enough to give you the ability to chart your own course and draw on the experience of your guides to get the best settings possible for some incredible photography.  You’ll want to bring your lunch with you on this one!

Obviously, these sorts of tours aren’t for everyone.  My wife has already told me that I’ll be taking this one on my own while she sits in front of the fire drinking hot chocolate!  From our location in North Carolina, this will be something that will take more planning to accomplish, so obviously I don’t have a timeframe on that just yet.  But what about you?  Have you taken a trip like this before?  If so, what did you think?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!

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Disneyland – The Grand Californian Hotel

The Grand Californian Hotel welcomes you home!

The Grand Californian Hotel welcomes you home!

By Mike Ellis.

The Grand Californian Hotel at Disneyland is the premier place to stay at the Resort.  Luxury abounds at this picturesque resort, but even more so, the location next to Disney’s California Adventure Park — with it’s own entrance in — seals the deal for us as a great place to stay.  Let’s dive in and look at some of the incredible things that await you and your family if you visit here!

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Whispering Canyon Cafe

By Theresa.

Welcome to memorable meal Mondays. Yes, I know that restaurant reviews tend to be popular but they can also seem impersonal. I thought it would be a better use of my time to tell you about some of my favorite meals at Walt Disney World.

The Whispering Canyon Café is a restaurant I had wanted to try for a while so on a recent trip, I made reservations to eat there. The day of our reservation, I thought that the easiest way to head over was to catch a bus from our hotel over to the Magic Kingdom and then the resort launch over to the Wilderness Lodge. We arrived early so we took a stroll around the hotel and checked out Disney’s Old Faithful (a recreation of the Yellowstone geyser).

Our ADR (advanced dining reservation) was for the first dinner seating. We checked in and had a seat while we waited to be shown to our table. Another party waiting had young children, one of the children rang the dinner bell and shouted “Come and get it!” and it was time to have a seat. While we were walked to our seat, children rode toy horses to their tables.

Our meal began with drinks which included all you care to enjoy milkshakes (it is unusual for dining plan meals to include milkshakes) and for dinner, I had steak and my daughter got the all you care to enjoy skillet. This meal included pulled pork, beef brisket, ribs and chicken with baked beans, corn on the cob and cornbread. For dessert, I had the caramel apple pie and my daughter had the S’Mores cheesecake (which had a graham cracker crust topped with cheesecake and chocolate with mini marshmallows.

While all the food was delicious (the menu has changed since 2010 but I am certain everything will still be tasty), it is the atmosphere and fun that bumped this meal into truly memorable for me. In addition to the kids riding to the tables for dinner, there was a horse race around the restaurant for the kids (with the adults waving napkins in the air like flags) as well as some fun with the wait staff. Beware that unless you don’t mind being the center of attention, don’t ask for ketchup (I won’t ruin the surprise but I will tell you it’s funny). All in all, if you are looking for a quiet, laid back meal, this is NOT the place for you but if you are looking for good food and fun times, make your reservation for Whispering Canyon Café, I think you’ll be glad you did!

{Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Theresa for writing us another post!  I have never been to Whispering Canyon Cafe, so this is a trip I need to make in the future!}