A little bit ago, Matt and I were able to join our families on 2 separate trips to Yellowstone National Park. It is really embarrassing to say that I lived 2 hours away from it growing up and hadn’t really explored Yellowstone until now. I think going twice in one summer made up for it, though! Needless to say, it was an incredible experience and I would highly recommend going. In this post I am going to go over a few things you do not want to miss and some history about the park itself.
Yellowstone National Park-
I didn’t know this but Yellowstone National Park was actually the first national park created in the US. It was made a national park 1872 to help protect the diverse wildlife and unique geothermic features!
Yellowstone Park is HUGE (3,468 square miles) and it is the perfect vacation for nature and animal lovers because it has tons of wildlife lakes, canyons, waterfalls, and mountain ranges!
On top of all that, Yellowstone is an amazing place to see geothermal activity. There are more than 300 geysers throughout Yellowstone as well as hot springs, and mud pots. Some of Yellowstone’s most famous and breathtaking geysers include Old Faithful and Steamboat Springs – the tallest geyser in the world.
What to see-
Wildlife: The wildlife of Yellowstone is a MUST! Lucky for you, you don’t have to do much to come in contact with some amazing elk, moose, bison, and birds. Just be alert while driving and you will see some beautiful creatures! Coyotes, wolves, and bears may be trickier to spot and you would need to go to more remote areas, but they are there!Grand Canyon of Yellowstone: The Lower Falls located in this canyon is one of the most photographed attractions throughout this national park and the views throughout the canyon are truly breathtaking and worth a visit. You will probably have to do a short hike to get a good view so come prepared with good walking shoes and water! Old Faithful– The most famous of all landmarks in Yellowstone National Park. If you only have a day in Yellowstone, Old Faithful is a must-see attraction just to see the geyser erupting. There is so much excitement and anticipation in the crowd while you are waiting. Since it only erupts every hour and a half or so, I would suggest arriving around noon to take a little lunch break, explore the museum, and enjoy the show!Grand Prismatic Spring- Being here made me feel like I had gone back in time about 2 billion years. It is so beautiful and eery all at the same time. Because of the steam, it is hard to view the Grand Prismatic Spring in ALL of it’s glory. Go Google it and you will know what I mean 🙂 Even with the steam, it was still beautiful! West Thumb Geyser Basin: West Thumb Geyser Basin is one of the smallest geyser basins in Yellowstone yet its location along the shore of Yellow-stone Lake ranks it as the most scenic. It is a great way to see these beautiful, emerald pools the Yellowstone Lake (or at least a small portion of it). Yellowstone Lake- If you love relaxing by a lake and seeing beautiful mountains in the background, then you will love Yellowstone Lake! A fun fact about this lake is that it is actually the largest freshwater lake above 7,000 ft. in North America. Below Yellowstone Lake is a super volcano causing large amounts of geothermic activity. I would definitely suggest spending more than one day here! There is so much more to see than what I just went over and you’ll have to drive quite a few miles between each sight. It is a great place to spend a weekend (or a week) get away from everything to enjoy good ol’ Mother Nature!