15 Best Things To Do in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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

Old Faithful Geyser - ImageImage Source: wikipedia.org

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

Upper Geyser basin - ImageImage Source: wikimedia.org

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

Yellowstone National Park points of interestImage Source: wikimedia.org

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 - ImageImage Source: wikimedia.org

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

Backcountry waterfalls - ImageImage Source: wikimedia.org

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.

Author
Author: Bhoomi Shah
If life is a journey, let me capture its every frame. This line aptly describes my dreams and aspirations. An ardent traveller, a foodie by birth, a lover of life and a simple person at heart.My dream is to travel every corner of the world and my jo...

Are you looking for a Yellowstone National Park travel itinerary? Create an itinerary within minutes, on your own!

Top Yellowstone National Park Activities And Tours

Explore the best things to do in Yellowstone National Park. These are the most preferred tourist activities.

  • Save 3% Yellowstone National Park Full-Day Guided Tour
    Yellowstone National Park Full-Day Guided Tour18 Reviews

    Duration: 12 Hrs

    Explore Yellowstone on a 12-13 hour tour with a local guide. Set out from Wyomings Jackson Hole area to experience America's ...

    Book Now
  • Save 4% Yellowstone Lower Loop Full-Day Tour
    Yellowstone Lower Loop Full-Day Tour

    Duration: 10 Hrs

    Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful, Lake Yellowstone and more! This is a tour of the Lower Loop of Yellowstone National ...

    Book Now
  • Save 1% Yellowstone Lower Loop Tour
    Yellowstone Lower Loop Tour1 Reviews

    Duration: 12 Hrs

    See Old Faithful and Yellowstones Grand Canyon in a single day. This full-day tour will give you the opportunity see everythi...

    Book Now
  • Save 4% Yellowstone Custom Wildlife and  Nature Tour
    Yellowstone Custom Wildlife and Nature TourNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 12 Hrs

    Set out on a 12-hour guided exploration of Yellowstone's nature and wildlife in the company of an expert naturalist and world...

    Book Now

Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Must see places in Yellowstone National Park ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of best attractions in Yellowstone National Park and point of interests to visit.

  1. Grand Canyon Of Yellowstone

    # 1 of 175 Things To Do in Yellowstone National Park | Added 5577 times in trip plans
    Grand Canyon Of Yellowstone

    Tags: Geological Formation, View Point, Hiking Trail, Observatory

    Address: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is a primary geologic feature in the Canyon District. Spread across a vast area, the canyon is approximately 20 miles long. The canyon you see today is not very old...Read more

  2. Old Faithful

    # 2 of 175 Things To Do in Yellowstone National Park | Added 5296 times in trip plans
    Old Faithful

    Tags: Geological Formation, Water Body, Nature

    Address: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    A very popular attraction in the Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful is a cone geyser. It was named so by the first official expedition to Yellowstone, the Washburn Expedition of 1870. It was name...Read more

  3. Lamar Valley

    # 3 of 175 Things To Do in Yellowstone National Park | Added 4217 times in trip plans
    Lamar Valley

    Tags: Outdoors, Wildlife Safari, Tour, Valley

    Address: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Best place for spotting wolves, eagles, bears, elks, pronghorns and Bisons in their natural habitat. The Lamar Valley is a must visit while on your Yellowstone vacation. The best time to see these ani...Read more

  4. Old Faithful Inn

    # 4 of 175 Things To Do in Yellowstone National Park | Added 4970 times in trip plans
    Old Faithful Inn

    Tags: Hotel, Leisure

    Address: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Old Faithful Inn is a hotel located within the Yellowstone National Park. It is the most requested lodging facility in the park. Built in the year 1903-1904, the Inn is considered the largest log stru...Read more

  5. Grand Prismatic Spring

    # 5 of 175 Things To Do in Yellowstone National Park | Added 5224 times in trip plans
    Grand Prismatic Spring

    Tags: Water Body, Nature

    Address: Grand Loop Road, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Full of vivid colours, Grand Prismatic Spring is nature at its best. Located in the Midway Geyser Basin, the spring is the park’s largest hot spring. It measures approximately 370 feet in diamet...Read more

  6. Yellowstone Lake

    # 6 of 175 Things To Do in Yellowstone National Park | Added 4317 times in trip plans
    Yellowstone Lake

    Tags: Outdoors, Water Body, Lake, Picnic Spot

    Address: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Spread across an area of around 132 square miles, the Yellowstone Lake is the largest waterbody in the Yellowstone National Park. Situated at 7,733 feet above sea level, the lake has 141 miles of beau...Read more

  7. Mammoth Hot Springs

    # 7 of 175 Things To Do in Yellowstone National Park | Added 3885 times in trip plans
    Mammoth Hot Springs

    Tags: Geological Formation, Water Body, Nature

    Address: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    A visit to the Mammoth Hot Springs will leave you feeling like you have stepped on Mars! Having a very interesting terrain and unusual landscape, Mammoth Hot Springs is a complex of hot spri...Read more

  8. Lower Yellowstone River Falls

    # 8 of 175 Things To Do in Yellowstone National Park | Added 4955 times in trip plans
    Lower Yellowstone River Falls

    Tags: Water Body, View Point, Waterfall, Nature

    Address: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Lower Yellowstone River Falls or just the Lower Falls is the biggest waterfall in Yellowstone. The most photographed spot in Yellowstone National Park, the waterfall is 308 feet tall. There are variou...Read more

  9. Norris Geyser Basin

    # 9 of 175 Things To Do in Yellowstone National Park | Added 4316 times in trip plans
    Norris Geyser Basin

    Tags: Geological Formation, Nature, Volcano

    Address: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The Norris Geyser Basin is the hottest and the most changeable thermal area in Yellowstone. Many hot springs and fumaroles can be found in the basin. Most of them have temperatures above the boiling p...Read more

  10. Hayden Valley

    # 10 of 175 Things To Do in Yellowstone National Park | Added 4043 times in trip plans
    Hayden Valley

    Tags: Outdoors, Geological Formation, Valley

    Address: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The Hayden Valley is the first place to go to see wildlife in Yellowstone National Park. Centrally located within the national park, you are likely to encounter bison, elk and grizzly bear on your vis...Read more

  11. Uncle Tom's Trail Hike

    # 11 of 175 Things To Do in Yellowstone National Park | Added 3131 times in trip plans
    Uncle Tom's Trail Hike

    Tags: Trail, Hiking Trail

    Address: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Uncle Tom’s Trail takes you from the top of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone to the base of the Lower Falls. A challenging hike, it involves around 328 steps to reach the Lower Fall...Read more

  12. Firehole Canyon Drive

    # 12 of 175 Things To Do in Yellowstone National Park | Added 3517 times in trip plans
    Firehole Canyon Drive

    Tags: Outdoors, Geological Formation, Entertainment, Water Sport

    Address: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    A beautiful scenic drive, the Firehole Canyon Drive is a hidden gem amongst the pine trees. It is a 2 mile long, one-way drive which takes you through the stunning Yellowstone Canyon. On the way, you ...Read more

  13. Castle Geyser

    # 13 of 175 Things To Do in Yellowstone National Park | Added 1809 times in trip plans
    Castle Geyser

    Tags: Geological Formation, Castle

    Address: Castle Geyser, Yellowstone National Park Wyoming, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    One of the highlights of the Yellowstone National Park, the Castle geyser erupts to a height of around 90 feet every 10-12 hours. The height of the geyser itself along with its shape, changes after ev...Read more

  14. Mount Rushmore Montana

    # 14 of 175 Things To Do in Yellowstone National Park
    Mount Rushmore Montana

    Tags: Mountain

    Address: 13000 SD-244, Keystone, SD 57751, USA

    The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is one of the most iconic sculptures that has been engraved into Mountain Rushmore and is massive in size. The sculpture is somewhere around 60 feet high and the g...Read more

  15. Bridge Bay Campground

    # 15 of 175 Things To Do in Yellowstone National Park | Added 110 times in trip plans
    Bridge Bay Campground

    Tags: Camp, Nature

    Address: Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA

    If you might be interested in camping with your friends and family in a picturesque location, the Bridge Bay Campsite would sure delight you. The name of the camp is so because of its close proximity ...Read more

Find Your Yellowstone National Park Attractions on Map

Find more places to see in Yellowstone National Park

  • Queen's Laundry Bath House

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Lake Fish Hatchery Historic District

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Madison Museum

    Historic and Protected Sites
View On Map
  • Shoshone Lake

    Lakes
  • Yellowstone Lake

    Lakes
View On Map
  • Old Faithful Inn

    1 Grand Loop

    Natural Parks
View On Map
  • Sedge Bay

    Beaches
View On Map
  • Geyser Hill Loop

    Hiking
  • Old Faithful - Observation Point

    Hiking
  • Elephant Back Mountain-Off Road

    Hiking
View On Map
  • Morning Glory Pool

    Monuments and Memorials
View On Map
Show More

What To Do in Yellowstone National Park: Day-Wise Ideas

Find what not to miss in Yellowstone National Park! Recommended Yellowstone National Park itineraries and vacation ideas created by travelers across the world.