The Yellowstone National Park is a thing of absolute splendour and a must-visit for all those who claim to be nature lovers. The sights and scenery that this US-based national park has to offer will take your breath away. But the park covers an area of 8,983 square km, an expanse that cannot be seen and appreciated completely. However, there are some places that are completely unique to Yellowstone and must be seen at all costs, otherwise youll be missing out on some pretty tremendous experiences, and even more spectacular photo opportunities. Here's a list of the top spots of Yellowstone National Park that will wow you and must be visited:
1. Lamar Valley
This valley is also known as Americas Serengeti and for good reason. Although, its location is a little remote in the north-east corner of the park, this place is a must-visit for serious wildlife-watchers because you have the opportunity to see elk, bison and coyotes. If youre an early riser and visit the area in the morning, you can even see wolves and grizzly bears.
2. Old Faithful
This geyser gets its name from its punctuality and was the first geyser in the park to be christened. Old Faithful is one of the most predictable geographical features on earth making it utterly unique. It erupts almost punctually every 94 minutes and is an incredible sight to witness. This is possibly the most famous attraction in Yellowstone and is not to be missed.
3. Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
This Grand Canyon is more than a 1000 foot deep at some places, and while it may not be as big as the Grand Canyon in Arizona, it is one of the most spectacular sights you will come across at Yellowstone. There are a number of hiking trails that you can follow and we promise that the view of the Lower Fall will be worth the effort.
4. Mammoth Hot Springs
This is a large complex of Mammoth hot springs that are absolutely beautiful and are located very conveniently near Park headquarters. The limestone structures are spectacular and its also a great place to see elks. A short walk from Mammoth Springs is also a spectacular spring called Boiling River, one of the few places in the park where you can take a dip!
5. Grand Prismatic Spring
This Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest in the United States and the third-largest in the world. The rainbow-coloured rings of algae around the springs stark blue waters make for a very interesting, almost other-worldly sight.
6. Hayden Valley
Centrally located in the Park, this valley is one of the first places you should visit if youre a wildlife enthusiast. Youll be able to see plenty of bison, Canadian geese, pelicans, elk and the occasional grizzly bear if you drive through this marshy valley.
7. Yellowstone Lake
The Yellowstone Lake is bound to take any travelers breath away. Its the largest high altitude lake in the lower 48 states of the U.S. Youll be able to see gorgeous snow-capped mountains in the distance. The Fishing Bridge over the lake is also a great place to see Yellowstones fish population.
8. Norris Geyser Basin
Home to the worlds tallest geyser (Steamboat) and the parks most popular one (Echinus), this ever-changing Norris geyser basin is an absolute must-visit. Elks and bison can also be spotted here occasionally.
9. Tower Fall
One of the most popular waterfalls in Yellowstone, you have the opportunity to trek all the way down to the base of the waterfall. During winters, its encased in ice making it an even more spectacular sight!
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