Q. Now that the National Parks are open again, we’re planning a trip to Yellowstone for the first time. What’s the best airport to fly into, and who has the best airfares? We’re considering staying in the park itself at the Old Faithful Inn but we’ve read reviews on Trip Advisor that the creature comforts are not exactly luxurious (no TVs, no WiFI, no air conditioning, etc). Should we be concerned booking a stay there?

A. Yellowstone (and nearby Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole) should be on everyone’s bucket list. You can fly into Jackson, WY.  Frontier Airlines (FlyFrontier.com) typically has the cheapest airfares with connections in Denver. Book directly on their website for the best deals. I’ve stayed at the Old Faithful Inn and while it’s true that the rooms are quite “historic” it’s a marvelous building and all part of the Yellowstone experience. Why watch TV or surf the Internet when Old Faithful is spurting outside the door? And I never found it uncomfortable in any way. You should book way ahead with Xanterra Parks and Resorts (the same company that manages lodging at the Grand Canyon, Glacier National Park, and Zion National Park) at 866-439-7375 or online at Xanterra.com. The only concern I had about my stay in Yellowstone: the portions at the Old Faithful Inn’s dining room are enormous, so if you’re not a huge eater, split an entrée or prepare to stuff yourself silly as I did.

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