Yellowstone National Park is the world’s first national park – and it boasts views that justify that title! Established in 1872, it covers an area of nearly 9,000km2 in three United States: Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. UNESCO recognized it as a natural World Heritage Site in 1978; it is home to thousands of animal species and has a unique geography that creates its beautiful views.
What makes Yellowstone stand out is its volcanic activity. The Park is centered on Yellowstone Caldera – still considered an active volcano. It is the influence of this activity that creates sights such as geysers and hot springs. The plethora of geographic features makes for unique biodiversity!
Yellowstone sees millions of travelers, trekkers, campers, and tourists each year. You can stay on-site at one of their lodging facilities and campgrounds or around the Park. If you plan to stop here, make sure to book accommodations early – or everything will be full. It’s easy to see why so many people want to see Yellowstone!
Rent a Car! Book Accommodation Early!
While there are options for getting around, the best way to see Yellowstone is road trip! Rent a car and take your time through the different areas open to the public; they are simply breathtaking.
Because there are so many visitors every year, plan your summer visit to Yellowstone at least a month early. If you want to stay in the park, book at least two months early.
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Old Faithful is the most well-known site in the National Park. The geyser’s name comes from the fact that its “eruptions” are incredibly predictable – down to the minute! Get to the Visitor Education Center in the middle of the Park to see the predictions for the next eruption. They take place every 44-125 minutes, and you can always see hoards of people gathering to see it.
Mammoth Hot Springs
The Mammoth Hot Springs are a series of hot springs at the northwest portion of Yellowstone. Over thousands of years, geothermal-heated water moves calcium carbonite over the landscape, creating a stunning contrast of rust oranges and pure whites on the rocks.
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The National Park is not the only protected area for wildlife; bison, wolves, bears, and all varieties of plants inhabit Yellowstone and its surrounding National Forests and Grand Teton National Park to its south.
If you’re lucky, you will see some of these animals along the road or in the open plains.
Views Along the Yellowstone Road
Aside from the well-known sights above, Yellowstone provides a variety of smaller places to stop. Many of these areas are less-crowded and offer guided tours at certain times. They also have extensive hiking trails and views that will stop you in your tracks!
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