by Bhoomi Shah Updated on 15 Oct 2018
Yellowstone National Park is located in Wyoming, but it also extends up to Idaho and Montana. To keep it simple, it is a very big and beautiful park. It covers up to almost 35000 square feet, some of which are only accessible via backcountry hiking. With such a huge place, there are many more things being added to it.
Yellowstone Park is very famous for its geothermal features like geysers and hot springs. Nearly, two-thirds of the world’s geysers are located within the famous park, so visiting this park can prove you beneficial in one or the other ways. Though, other than this, there are many more places to visit in Yellowstone National Park, which is also a reason for visiting this place ones in everyone’s lifetime.
It has been observed by the tourists that it was easy for them to spend a few days in Yellowstone National Park, still feeling like they have missed some of the other things. The Yellowstone National Park has a perfect menu prepared for its tourists – waterfalls, geysers, mountains, lakes, forests and great wildlife spotting opportunities, which are lined up for their tourists. Here are some of the top tourist attractions in Yellowstone National Park.
Let's explore 15 best things to do in Yellowstone National Park:
1. Old Faithful Geyser
The old faithful geyser is one of the top things to do in Yellowstone National Park. One can’t really miss visiting the park without taking the time to watch the Old Faithful blow. It has a specific schedule, so one can plan and visit the place for it ahead of its time.
2. Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
It is said that the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone was formed by the Yellowstone River which stretches about twenty miles. It is said to be a great area to explore as there is a lot to do over there. If one wants something strenuous, he will have to just walk down the staircase on the Uncle Tom’s Trail for a close-up of lower fall or if one is too adventurous then he can dive along the North or South Rim of the Canyon to get views of the upper as well as lower falls.
3. The Upper Geyser basin
The upper geyser is said to be located where Old Faithful is formed. There are more than 150 hydro-thermal features in this square mile of space and there is just so much to see. While one waiting for the Old Faithful, he or she can take a walk around the basin. There are other geysers as well- Grand, Daisy and Castle. To know the eruption timings one should definitely visit the visitor’s center.
4. Mammoth Hot Springs
It is said that the terraces at Mammoth Hot springs are a whole different level of the world. It is seen that a series of boardwalks wind up and around the terraces and passes a range of formation. The lower terrace is equally cool as the upper terrace is the craziest and most beautiful part of the Mammoth Hot Spring. It is said by the visitors that it looks like Mars.
5. Grand Prismatic spring
The Grand Prismatic Spring is one of the most beautiful and recognizable features of the Yellowstone Park. It is a rainbow-colored hot spring pool which is absolutely striking. It is also observed that Grand Prismatic Spring is the third largest hot spring in the whole wide world. It is very regretful to not visit the most beautiful rainbow-colored hot spring which is marked third largest in the whole worldwide among other hot springs. It is a must visit spot for those who are planning to come here in Yellowstone park.
6. Wildlife experience
The Lamar and Hayden Valley are a great place to experience the wildlife. It is claimed by the visitors that driving through, one can likely to spot a bison along the road or out in the fields plus plenty of pronghorn can be seen as well. It is also said that if one gets lucky, a good place to spot wolves and bears.
7. Hiking in Mount Washburn
Mount Washburn is claimed to be one of the highest points of Yellowstone National Park, it is at 10,243 feet. There are two trails to hike up Mt. Washburn with a fire lookout tower at the top with an observation deck.it are a 6.2-mile hike round trip from the Dunraven Pass trailhead and about 5 miles from the Chittenden Road parking lot. Though is a tiring hiking experience it is of worth for the sparkling views after reaching the point.
8. Tower falls
The Tower-Roosevelt area is another part of the park that can’t be missed. The Tower falls drop 132 feet from Tower cheek. To get a mesmerizing view of the falls, one can stop near Canyon Village. There are also a lot of fantastic viewing points along the main road.
9. Fishing bridge and lake village
The fishing bridge was built in 1937 and was named so because of its popularity as it was known to be a place where hell lot of fishes can be seen. While fishing is no longer allowed at least it is fun to take a stroll across the bridge and view the river and lake. In its neighborhood, there is Lake Village right on the shores of Yellowstone Lake. There’s a hell lot of lodging and dining spots where one can easily plan to settle for an overnight and enjoy the food and taste the Yellowstone culture.
10. Fort Yellowstone
It is said that in the early days of Yellowstone National park, the park was run and protected by the U.S Army. The Fort Yellowstone, located in the Mammoth hot springs historic district, was the army’s headquarters. A lot of original buildings still stand boldly and are used as offices and housing for park employees on duty. It is a cool place to look but it is warned to not approach the elk but to see it from far off, as far as possible.
11. Backcountry waterfalls
There are over more than 290 waterfalls within Yellowstone's boundaries but some are major attractions, easily visited from the main roads of the Yellowstone Park’s. It is also assumed that however some of those waterfalls are a little harder to get with. If someone is really into adventures and offbeat, then one who is really prepared can access some other waterfalls by going on a backcountry hiking. A person would surely stumble across a back road in Idaho that leads to a beautiful, isolated waterfall in the backcountry of Yellowstone. The best way to explore the environment of the waterfall as well as anywhere in Yellowstone national park is to spend a night camping in the park. It gives the visitors a chance to be closer to all of the attractions during one’s stay and to add more to it, it is a nice way to spend some more quality time outdoors with their dear ones or with one’s self- to learn, to know more of it.
12. Camping inside the park
There are 12 main campgrounds in the Yellowstone Park as well as plenty of backcountry campsites for experiencing more adventures but the campgrounds are prone to first come first serve facility so one will have to be more vigilant about it.
13. Yellowstone Lake
The Yellowstone Lake is the largest lake in the park and is also a great source of freshwater and is said to be the highest-elevation lake in the whole U.S. It is in the southwestern part of the Yellowstone Park and there are a lot of places to see and access the lake water. Driving around the Mary Bay is a good option for taking memorable photographs and seeing steam vents and other geothermal features within the lake which may make one enough excited and pleased to visit the spot again and again. If one wants to enjoy the views of the lake they can get it enough by staying in the Lake Hotel & Lodge.
14. West Thumb geyser basin
The west thumb geyser basin is the most amusing part of the Yellowstone national park. There are a lot of places which can be spotted but this geyser basin while being the smallest than others is so very varied. It simply sits right on Yellowstone Lake and there are hot pools, colorful springs and some other really mesmerizing features.
15. Shopping and clubbing facilities
There are a lot of restaurants and hotels available for all kinds of stay. Amongst them are for experiencing the local cuisine taste Lake Yellowstone Hotel Dining, Mammoth hot spring dining, Roosevelt lodge dining room can provide their customers with that flavor, not only this but also hotels and restaurants for moderately priced and cheap eats are also welcomed. There are in- park shopping destinations. Yellowstone National Park lodges offer a tremendous variety of in-park shopping experience, whether one is looking for a perfect gift or trying to find a precious thing to commemorate the trip to Yellowstone National Park. There are also hotels which provide a great clubbing and pubbing experiences to their beloved customers and remarkable drinks that can sooth the mind just like the place does to the mind and body.