Yellowstone National Park is a park located in the Wyoming State, United States. On March 1st 1872, it became the first National Park in the US for all to enjoy the unique wonders. After 100 years in 1972, 90% of Yellowstone was recommended for federal wilderness designation making Yellowstone have many places for visitors to experience wilderness throughout the park. Are you planning your first trip to Yellowstone National Park and you are wondering about the best things to do in Yellowstone? Then you have come to the right place as we have compiled all the main attractions and landmarks of Yellowstone. Some of the places that you should not miss out in the oldest National Park in the United States of America.
1. Grand Prismatic Spring
The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone is the largest hot springs in the United States and the third largest in the world. If there is a place that you really have to see in Yellowstone, it is this colorful Grand Prismatic Spring. The Grand Prismatic Spring is also one of the most unique natural wonders in the planet located in the Midway Geyser Basin. Chances are high that your visit to Yellowstone have been inspired by the numerous images you have seen of Grand Prismatic Spring. The striking coloration matches most of those seen on the rainbow dispersion of white light displaying red, orange, yellow, green, and blue. The hot springs get their distinct color from the different species of heat-loving bacteria that live around it. The center of the springs is blue, then you have green, and yellow tints and lastly orange tints on the outskirts. As you plan to visit Yellow Stone to view the Grand Prismatic Spring, you might consider visiting on a sunny day as the colors are mostly visible on a sunny day.
2. A Visit to The Old Faithful Geyser
The Old Faithful Geyser is one of Yellowstone’s remarkable landmarks and it is a must when you visit Yellowstone. The Old Faithful is the most famous and the most predictable as it erupts every 44 to 125 minutes since 2000 making it one of the geysers around Yellowstone that can be seen in action. Together with the nearby Old Faithful inn, they form the Old Faithful Historic District. One of the good things about the Geyser is that the eruption always takes long enough to admire the geyser in action giving you a chance to take plenty of photos. Together with Grand Prismatic Spring, they form some of the best attraction sites in Yellowstone National Park.
3. Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
The trip advisor rates the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone as the number one place to see in Yellowstone and it is most definitely a must-see in America’s oldest National park. Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is one of the main landmarks of Yellowstone and I think it is one of the best places of Yellowstone that one should include in their Yellowstone itinerary. So if you have one day in Yellowstone you should make an effort of seeing the Canyon. The Canyon is approximately 24 miles long, between 800 and 1200 ft deep and from 0.25 to 0.75 miles wide. One of the major places that all tourists come to see at the Yellowstone Canyon is the Artist Point which offers an exceptional view over the Canyon and the most famous feature, the Lower Falls. Some other regions that can be reached by car include the inspiration point, the Upper Falls, and the Lower Falls.
4. A Visit to the Upper Geyser Basin & Morning Glory Pool
The morning Glory Pool is a hot spring in the Yellowstone Upper Geyser Basin in the United States. The Upper Geyser Basin is home to 25% of the worlds Geysers and it comprises of lots of walking paths along with many geysers and thermal features. The Morning Glory pool is located on the outer limits of the Upper Geyser Basin. The pool can still inspire wonder because of its size and its unreal hue. The pool is exquisitely named for it resembles the morning glory flower named by Mrs. E.N. McGowan the wife of Assistant park Superintendent Charles McGowan in 1883. While its previous splendor has disappeared, because of people throwing all kind of objects, you can check this monument and experience the history of this fading glory.
5. Watch Wildlife at Lamar Valley and Hayden Valley
Yellowstone’s huge and wide valleys make an excellent habitat for wildlife. As a visitor to this region, for your best chance of spotting bears, wolves, bison, pronghorn, and many other species you can head to Lamar Valley and Hayden Valleys. One of the best places is the Lamar valley where you can see various wildlife species. However, it is often overlooked by tourists because of its remote location. The Lamar Valley is often known as the Serengeti of North America because of its large and easy to see populations of large animals. Hayden valley also attracts lots of tourists with visitors often seeing herds of them grazing and lounging along the Yellowstone River which runs through it. The Hayden Valley is a good place to look for coyotes, waterfowl, grizzly bears, and wolves. If you are driving through Hayden Valley, chances are high that you will get stuck in the bison-Jam for a very long time. In such a case you should stay in the car and keep a safe distance from bison which can at time charge at people.
Best things to do in Yellowstone
This is the ultimate list of the best things to do in Yellowstone and while we have not comprehensively covered everything in Yellowstone, we believe that the five offers some of the lasting experiences worth remembering. In this post, we only focused on the best of Yellowstone because we know an individual visiting the park for the first time would want to make sure they cover all the musts. You can add this to your travel itinerary and enjoy your trip to Yellowstone.