There seem to be so much expertise here; hope you can help us some. We are a couple (60 years old, moderately athletic) planning a trip to YNP and GTNP this September. Need some advice for the hotels right now (we'll think about the details later). We have hotels in GT (9/1, 9/2), OF (9/3, 9/4), Canyon (9/5, 9/6, 9/7), Mammoth (9/7) (both Mammoth and Canyon booked for 9/7; will cancel one for 9/7). Need to book hotel for 9/8 still. Flight leaves Bozeman on 9/9, 1 PM. We have a rental car.
Question is: Where should we stay on 9/7 and 9/8 for maximum enjoyment of the park? At Canyon, Mammoth, Gardiner? What are your thoughts?