Gateway city: West Yellowstone

2014-05-22T00:00:00Z 2014-06-13T11:20:57Z Gateway city: West YellowstoneBy KAREN KINSER The Billings Gazette
May 22, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Known affectionately as “West” to locals, this burg has been a gateway entrance to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.

Like so many other Western towns, it owes its origin to the railroad and was founded in 1908 when the Oregon Short Line Railroad rolled into town.

With a year-round population of about 1,200 hardy souls, West Yellowstone hosts more than 3.5 million visitors each year and is the most popular entrance into Yellowstone.

Proximity to the park makes West a great home base to explore this national treasure, but it’s also a super destination on its own.

The area is rich in history and offers a full complement of outdoor adventures, a wide variety of lodging, shopping, great dining (try the tapas and paella at Café Madriz) and entertainment.

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