The best of Yellowstone National ParkNovember 20, 2018
Yellowstone was the world’s first national park and has an extremely rich history with incredible geology. It currently extends over three American states and is one of the most spectacular parks you could visit. It is also the only place in the USA where bison have lived continuously since prehistoric times which is just one more interesting reason to visit the park. Below is a list of my favourite things to see in Yellowstone.
West Thumb – Take a stroll along the shore of Yellowstone Lake where you will find a variety of colourful geysers, belching mud pots and deep, emerald hot springs.
Lewis Lake and Lewis Falls – Enjoy the black sand beaches surrounding Lewis Lake or drive a little further to Lewis Falls. You can either take a walk in the forest or enjoy the view of the falls from the rocks.
Upper Geyser Basin -– Home to the majority of the world’s active geysers including the famous Old Faithful Geyser which currently erupts every 94 minutes, but this can change at any time. While waiting for this eruption, take a walk along the boardwalk to the other geysers, each one is completely different from the next.
Midway Geyser Basin – This area has one of the most beautiful and largest hot springs; the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring. Visitors can take a walk along the boardwalk to be close to the steaming spring or for an even better view, there’s an elevated overlook. The viewpoint can be found 1.2 miles from the Fairy Falls parking area.
Artists Paintpots – A dirt path amongst tall trees leads you to a circular boardwalk with an elevated viewpoint overlooking steaming geysers and bubbling white mud pots.
Mammoth Hot Springs – The white terraces are made up of mineral-laden hot water from beneath the Earth’s crust which finds its way to the surface and builds tier upon tier. Visitors should park their cars at lower and climb a few steps to the boardwalk. The area is spectacular and close-up photographs are a must.
Blacktail Plateau Drive – This one-way gravel road has great views of the valley below and is also a great place to spot roaming bison, elk and even bears.
If you have time to spare, visit the spectacular Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, Hayden Valley for wildlife sightings and Dunraven Pass. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars to spot Grizzly’s and bison in the vast valley below.