890 Buttermilk Creek Rd., Yellowstone
Yellowstone obviously has some beautiful campgrounds, but they book up months in advance, and you’ll need to arrive around 7 a.m. (and probably wait out the previous occupants’ breakfast) for a first-come-first-serve option. For an outdoor stay that requires a lot less planning, we recommend Montana Under Canvas, a glamping operation in the tiny town of West Yellowstone, just outside the West entrance to the park. Tents have running water and private bathrooms, but the best parts of camping—the stars, the sounds of birds and other wildlife in the tall grasses—remain utterly intact. The staff here packs beautiful picnic lunches for daytime outings, and the nearby restaurant, Bar N, makes for a great dinner option. While each tent fits four comfortably, you can opt for one with an adjacent teepee if you’re traveling with a larger group.
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