Hey fellas. It looks like the wife and I will be headed back to home in Idaho around the 20th of August, and naturally we're quite antsy for a ride. We'd really like to visit Yellowstone again since our trip last year was a bit short (just an overnight), and even though we only live 3 or 4 hours from the park, we've only been once (Lacy's been a few times, she used to live in Eastern ID and was only a couple hours from the park).
Our return to ID puts us in close proximity to Labor Day, and I have a fairly strict NO ROAD/CAMPING/PARK TRIPS policy around major summertime holidays. Too much traffic, too many people, hotels cost too much etc. I don't travel around Memorial Day or Independence Day either. I usually just go to work and earn my holiday pay
That said, I confine the travel blackout to a few days before and after the holiday and the nearest holiday weekend. HOWEVER, my lack of familiarity with attendance patterns at Yellowstone (I can tell you when you don't want to visit Redfish Lake, but not Yellowstone so much) means I'm not sure if a 4-day buffer will even be enough.
So (pardon the lengthy exposition) I'm wondering if the week before (which is the absolute earliest) Labor Day--Aug. 25-27--or the week after--Sept. 8-10--would be preferable. I'm also intentionally avoiding the weekend.
Anyway, thanks to those of you who actually toughed out reading through the rambling. I appreciate any advice!