West Yellowstone offers abundant historic and tourist opportunities for visitors. Whether it’s catching a lone buffalo wandering through town or enjoying hikes, this quaint town attracts thousands of visitors annually.
- Oregon Short Line Railroad Car – Artfully restored, this railroad car was the choice mode of transportation for the Vice President of the Union Pacific Railroad. This railroad car features a historic display and is touted as one of the best preserved executive railroad cars. This site is open year-round and admission is free.
- West Yellowstone Historic Walking Tour – This self-guided tour follows the meandering Bear Paw Trail, which is clearly marked on West Yellowstone’s sidewalks. The Chamber of Commerce offers maps of this interactive tour, which includes 21 sites – all within walking distance!
- Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center – Appealing to people of all ages, this center highlights the lives of wolves, bears and other nearby wildlife. The museum’s interactive exhibit offers insight into the history and folklore of bears. This learning center is open year-round, only during daylight hours and admission includes two consecutives day.
- Yellowstone IMAX(R) Theatre – This awesome theater is six stories high and features 12,000 watts of high-quality digital programming and surround sound. The “Yellowstone” feature film is informative and a must-see for people visiting Yellowstone National Park.
- Madison Canyon Earthquake Lake Visitors Center – This visitor center overlooks Earthquake Lake and offers several interpretive programs that offer insight into the tragic 1959 earthquake. One of the largest earthquakes recorded in North America, the result of this devastating quake was that half a mountain split into Madison River Canyon, which ultimately created a massive dam, now known as Quake Lake. The center includes seismograph and geology displays, as well as a DVD presentation about the earthquake. This center is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, from 8:30AM to 6:00PM daily.
- Yellowstone Historic Center – This historic center highlights the fascinating history of Yellowstone National Park. Displays feature old stagecoaches, which originally brought thousands of visitors into the heart of this vast parkland.
- Rendezvous, Riverside and Boundary Trails – With miles of U.S. Forest Service trails just outside the park’s entrance, this trail haven is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts.
- Fishing – Anglers love fishing year-round in West Yellowstone. Fall fishing is most popular on the Firehole and Madison Rivers. Quake and Hebgen Lake are also popular fishing destinations.
Yellowstone Holiday offers RV sites and cabins. Located on the pristine shores of Lake Hebgen, this West Yellowstone camping destination is perfect for exploring West Yellowstone and Yellowstone National Park.