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Half-Price Alert! Book Two Nights at This Montana Hotel Near Yellowstone for Just $499

It’s only 40 minutes away.

An active supervolcano rumbles under Yellowstone National Park. It’s a unique ecosystem teeming with wildlife, geothermal attractions, and dramatic sceneries. The 2.2 million-acre national park—the world’s first—spans across three states (Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming) and attracts millions of visitors each year. 

If you want to avoid the flurry of crowds, travel to the park before or after the summer break. April, May, September, and October are lovely months to visit and we’ve found a hotel that’s offering a 50% discount on stays from April 15-May 31 and September 18-October 21.

Along the banks of the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone Valley Lodge in Montana has contemporary cabins, seasonal dishes with locally-sourced ingredients, and will introduce you to the joys of fly-fishing. The national park is a mere 40-minute drive away, so you can experience the park and the bounty of nature outside it, in Paradise Valley and Livingston. Its restaurant is wildly popular and the ranch-style lodge is tucked away in a quiet location with undisturbed views of the Absaroka Mountains.

You can book a fully refundable stay at Yellowstone Valley Lodge for $499 upwards for two nights for two people. The two-bedroom Absaroka Deluxe Cabin has two bedrooms, two baths, a living area, and a dining area, along with a patio. The one-bedroom Cozy Cabin has a patio that overlooks the river and can be booked for $549 for three nights. 

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This Travelzoo deal is fully refundable, so you can book now and travel in early summer or fall. 

While You’re Here

From galleries and restaurants of Livingston to the adventurous and laidback city of Bozeman, there’s much to discover here. But first, start with a fly-fishing experience. There are many creeks and lakes to learn about the activity and why it appeals to anglers.

Bozeman is not so far from the lodge and it is also a great destination for intrepid travelers to go rock climbing, hiking, and mountain biking. Less adventurous souls can turn their attention to the multitude of cafes, theaters, art galleries, and bars.  

Then, of course, one of the most popular parks in the country is 30 miles away. Yellowstone is known for its hot springs, bubbling geysers, and steaming lands, and you will love the collection of hot springs, mudpots, geysers (there are 500), and fumaroles.

Old Faithful Geyser, the most famous in the park, is a must-see. For those who are outdoorsy, there are miles and miles of hiking trails, and you can also go on tours to see the diverse wildlife (you might get to spot bison, moose, bears, wolves, elks, and more). Carved out by the Yellowstone River, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone stretches for 20 miles and has majestic waterfalls—you’ll find many short and strenuous hikes here with striking sights all around. 

Before you plan your visit, check out road closures and notices at the NPS website.

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