It can be difficult to discover all there is to do when visiting a new place, especially a place like Yellowstone where the most popular activity is simply stopping where the wildlife is and checking them out. From our own travels, however, and the experiences we have enjoyed providing comfortable vacation spaces for travelers visiting our town, we have learned that participating in the tours and expeditions of the region being visited, helps create a vacation experience that will never be forgotten. This guide to the top aerial tours of Yellowstone will help you discover the rich and beautiful world we live in, made even better when you come home to our Sweet Home Montana vacation escapes every night of your stay.

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Top Aerial Tours Of Yellowstone

You’re going to spend a lot of time grounded during your Yellowstone vacation, exploring geysers, animal habitats, and the sweetly serene landscape of our Montana home, but our favorite tour company, Fly Yellowstone, located at 629 Airport Road in West Yellowstone, will keep your head in the clouds. Offering a variety of tours that last 30, 45, and 60 minutes, the tours they offer give guests a greater understanding of the area, while providing bird’s eye views of places you may want to return to when your feet are back on terra firma. The airplanes are safe and comfortable Cessna 182’s, offer a bargain price (especially in comparison with helicopter tours, and their pilots offer over 30 years in aviation, making these tours the perfect choice for thrill seekers who still want to feel safe. Up to 3 people can fly and guests must be over 18 to book.

30 Minute Flights To Remember

Fly Yellowstone’s 30 minute tours stay closer to your West Yellowstone vacation sanctuary while offering an educational and entertaining experience. Choose between two flights, the Yellowstone Seismic which explores the history of earthquakes and how they made Yellowstone what it is today, and the Yellowstone Skyline tour. This flight offers a clearer view of the beauty of Yellowstone, showing off a side you would never have seen if you hadn’t taken to the skies.  Prices start at $179 per person.

45 Minutes of Wonder and Beauty

Plane rides can be addictive, so if their 30 minute tours whet your appetite, their 45 minute tours cement your understanding that there is no better way to explore a new area. Also offering two 45 minute tours, Fly Yellowstone delves deeper into the rugged beauty of this part of Montana. Their Rugged Mountain flight will make you forget humans have ever touched the landscape, with the countryside looking wild and untamed from your perch inside the plane. Their Continental Divide flight flies along the rivers that will eventually end at the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans, showing off the serenity that can only be found in large bodies of water. Prices for the 45 minute flights start at $224 per person.

An Hour you will Never Forget

Saving the best for last, the hour long tours provided by Fly Yellowstone offer an experience that visitors will never forget, and even as you are spending 60 minutes in the clouds, we can tell you it will never be long enough. They also offer two hour long flights, starting with the Border Tour that takes guests on a flight around the entirety of Yellowstone National Park, or as much of the park as possible due to flight restrictions. This first flight provides a stunning overview of the vastness of Yellowstone, but it is their final hour long tour that may become the epicenter of your favorite Montana vacation memories. Their Combo Flight is exactly as it sounds, a flight that combines the Skyline, Rugged Mountain, and Continental Divide flights, showing off the best parts of each flight and making guests fall in love with the skies and the expansive views they are enjoying of the ground below! Prices for this tour start at $269 per person.

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Comfortable Adventures with Sweet Home Montana

However you spend your daylight hours during your West Yellowstone vacation, coming home to Home Sweet Montana will ensure that this vacation is one that will spoil you against all others. Relax on balconies overlooking the most scenic spots in Yellowstone, keeping your eyes open to more wildlife encounters, create home cooked meals in fully equipped kitchens, and spend every night dreaming happy dreams in the most comfortable beds in the state. And when you fall asleep each night, don’t be surprised if, after your daylight adventures, you find yourself flying through the night skies in your dreams. A Yellowstone getaway hits differently especially when enjoyed from the comfortable confines of our Montana vacation rentals, providing peace, serenity, and an innate quiet that will help quiet the chaos of your soul. Contact us to reserve your favorite haven today! Search our rentals by bedroom here!

Yellowstone National Park is the world’s first national park, and whether you are simply looking for a vacation experience that walks on the wild side or if you have vacation goals to visit all America’s national parks, this one should be at the top of your list. It is known for being the best place for spotting wildlife in Yellowstone, especially in the Lamar Valley area here in Montana, ensuring you won’t have far to drive to get from your Sweet Home Montana vacation rental to where the wildlife roams most frequently. This guide to spotting wildlife during your explorations of West Yellowstone in Montana will give you an even better idea of the types of animals you might be able to spot and photograph!

First, a Little of What to Expect

If this is your first time visiting Yellowstone, you may be wondering how you can find the wildlife that roams free throughout the park, and our most important piece of advice is to just keep your eyes peeled. As you are driving along the roads that meander through the park, you may come upon cars parked (safely) on the side of the road, and small groups of people milling around in the grassy areas with cameras and phones in hand. This is a sign that there is some sort of animal within sight, and when you realize that there are over 300 species of birds, six reptile species, and 67 species of mammals, you can pretty much count on being able to see something wild during your time in the park.

Exploring early in the day or later in the evening can help ensure a great sighting, as this is when the wildlife steps out to feed, and stopping by the visitor centers in Yellowstone can give you an idea of the most recent sightings. In addition to your cell phone and camera, be sure to add binoculars to your viewing supplies, ensuring that you can easily check out mountain goats scampering up the cliffs, or perhaps a herd of bison grazing in distant meadows.

Spring and Summer Wildlife in Yellowstone

By the time you are reading this, you may already be planning your summer vacation, but if you have no plans as of yet, late spring is the perfect time to visit, especially as the temperatures begin to warm up and the baby wildlife begins to make their appearance.

In April, the “red dogs” (baby bison) frolic in fields and pastures and the skies come to life with flocks of birds who are making their way here from Mexico, including swallows and peregrine falcons. Elk calves take their first steps in May, and wolf pups start to explore the world beyond their dens, and if you get to spot either of these sweet babies, be sure to document it with pictures so that you can keep the memories alive in your heart long after your vacation has reached its natural conclusion. In June, babies are all over the place, exploring their fresh new worlds much as your own babies once did, bringing an innocent joy to your Yellowstone adventures.

Every month in Yellowstone provides a new opportunity to explore the wild side of our beloved national park, ensuring that you enjoy a vacation unlike any you have experienced before.

Animal Encounters to Remember

Yellowstone is where the wildlife lives, and as visitors in their homes, you will experience your own animal encounters that may thrill. Whether it is a lone wolf walking through the parking lot of a visitors center late at night or you find yourself suddenly in the center of a herd of bison as you are driving along one of our roads, these experiences will change you in ways you never thought possible.

But, as we mentioned earlier in this paragraph, it is also important that you remember you are in there home and the wildlife that lives here is, well, wild. There are no gates, no corrals, no fenced-in habitats, and if you do encounter an animal during your explorations, stay a safe distance away and do not attempt to pet them, no matter how cute and cuddly those bear cubs may look; mamas are destined to be nearby, and they do not take kindly to interlopers touching their babies.

Bring It Home to Sweet Home Montana

When it is time to take a walk on the mild side, our Sweet Home Montana vacation properties will all be located just a short distance away from the gates to Yellowstone, ensure your drive from wild to comfy will be a short one. Offering the rustic charms of country cabins and all the comforts of home, don’t be surprised if you hear the cries of lonely elk seeking a mate in the late night hours or if you catch sight of a timid doe stepping out from the tree line as the sun sets over the Montana landscape. Contact us today and choose your favorite Montana escape today!