West Yellowstone is the Park’s most popular gateway and for good reason: it’s a walkable little town a few hundred feet from Yellowstone National Park’s West entrance, packed with places to stay and eat. Is it touristy? Sure, but in a kitschy, comfortable way—think more fun than fanciness.
West (the local’s moniker) knows the real draw is getting out of it—even without the Park, there’s honest-to-goodness world-class ski and snowmobile terrain, fishing and national forest land. So, while half the town will entice you to stay put, the other half is ready to get you out on your next adventure. Pick a method—horseback, snow coach, dogsled—and West will turn you loose.