After spending a night in Cody, we were ready to enter Yellowstone National Park. Our very first surprise was a pair of mother and cub grizzly bears. We spotted them just a little ways after crossing the east entrance. What a welcoming sight!
We then checked-in at our campground, and headed off to the visitor center. We participated in a wildlife viewing presentation at the amphitheater, jotted notes of places to visit, signed up for a guided hike, and got the kids' junior ranger booklets. Note: we payed $5 per booklet.
During the guided hike on the Storm Point Trail loop, we learned about Yellowstone's history and conservation. We got to also see beautiful views of Yellowstone Lake, yellow bellied marmots, and a section of lodgepole forest.
The next day, we visited the Lower Falls (the Upper Falls were closed), and hiked from Artist Point to Sublime Point on the South Rim trail. The views of the canyon and the Yellowstone river were gorgeous, and a great option to escape the crowds at Artist Point. Since the trail is along the rim of the canyon, it is not for those with fear of heights.