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Aug 16

Top 10 Things to see in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is one of my favorite places, if not the favorite place, to go on vacation.  I have been there three times in my life and plan on going many more, hopefully the next time will be within a year or two.  I keep telling Karen that when I am able to retire we will move up there for a year so we can see the park in its entire splendor.  Just thinking about it I am getting excited about going again.  The next time we go, we will definitely check out our top 10 things to see in Yellowstone National Park.

Top 10 Things to see in Yellowstone National Park

10. Norris Geyser Basin

Yellowstone N.P., Thermal Stream, Norris Geyser Basin 8-2011via
Yellowstone is full of out of this world experiences and a good place to start is at Norris Geyser Basin which is the hottest and most acidic basin in Yellowstone.  There are over 180 hot springs, geysers, and mud pots located in Norris Geyser Basin and most of them are easy to see from the hiking trail in the area.

9. Hayden Valley

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If you want to see wildlife, and of course you do, that is one of the main reasons for going to Yellowstone, well the Hayden Valley is an excellent spot to see some.  Bison, elk, moose, grizzly bears along with a variety of birds frequent this area of the park.

8. Tower Fall

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Tower Falls is a very popular area of the park and it is easy to see why.  First of all it has a general store and trails that run to and along the Yellowstone River not to mention the beautiful 132 foot waterfall.  Go really early or late to avoid the crowds, but it is a good area all day if you can find parking.

7. Yellowstone Lake

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Yellowstone Lake is North America’s largest high altitude lake at 7,732 feet and having close to 150 miles of shoreline.  It has good fishing especially near the season opener and wonderful trails to hike near the shoreline.

6. Midway Geyser Basin

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Midway Geyser Basin is smaller than the other geyser basins but what it lacks in size it makes up for by having one of Yellowstone’s marquee sights which is the Grand Prismatic Spring.  The Midway Geyser Basing runs alongside the Firehole River and is a spot that you have to make a stop at just to see the brilliant colors of the Grand Prismatic Spring.
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5. Old Faithful Lodge

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Old Faithful Lodge is a gigantic log cabin that is so large at first sight it almost looks unreal.  Built in the 1920s it has wonderful views of Old Faithful Geyser, but it will be hard to take your eyes off the amazing architecture of its lobby.  Even if you are not staying at the Old Faithful lodge it is still worth stopping by and walking in.

4. Mammoth Hot Springs

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Mammoth Hot Springs is stack upon stack of travertine that is ever changing due to the hot springs in the area.  When my wife Karen first saw it she said it was like walking on a another planet.  Lots of springs and a variety of travertine terraces await you upon visiting the area plus every visit will bring a different experience to this ever changing spot.

3. Upper Geyser Basin

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Upper Geyser Basin has the greatest concentration of geothermal features in the park including what is probably the most famous geyser in the world, Old Faithful.  To get a good view of the area we highly recommend walking up to the observation point.  Lots of geysers with easy access boardwalks and trails makes this area of the park a must see.

2. Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is arguably the most beautiful area of the park.  Two towering waterfalls, a roaring river that is cutting through a colorful canyon, and many viewpoints make this area one of my favorite areas to see in the park.  It is just one of those life-affirming spots that everybody should see at least once.

1. Lamar Valley

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When I think of Yellowstone I think of all the wonderful opportunities to see wildlife like it is meant to be and no other place in the park is there a better place to see nature at its best than the Lamar Valley.  It is the much quieter northeastern part of the park and to drive through the area is just spectacular.  Go at dawn or dusk for the best chance to see one of America’s best wild places.

We hope you enjoyed our list of the top ten things to see in Yellowstone National Park. Is there anything that you think we left off or if you disagree with our top 10 sound off by leaving a comment.  Happy Travels!

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1 comment

  1. freda

    Looks like fun. I agree, Mammoth Hot Springs does look like another planet.

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