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3 Must-See Spots in Yellowstone National Park


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Heading to America's first national park? Add these can't-miss spots to your Yellowstone itinerary.

At over 3,400 square miles, Yellowstone is home to an overwhelming amount of attractions, wildlife, and things to do. If you're time is limited, these are the can't-miss spots inside the park.

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

One of the most breathtaking sights in the national park, the Yellowstone Grand Canyon stretches about 24 miles long around the Yellowstone River from the Upper Falls to the Tower Falls.

When open, you can explore a variety of routes, including Uncle Tom's Trail as well as the trailheads leading to Mount Washburn.

You can also drive the north rim and south rims or take in the views from these easily accessible areas:

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  • Brink of the Lower Falls parking lot
  • Lookout Point parking lot to Grand View parking lot
  • Second viewing area at Artist Point

Be sure to check out the visitor center and exhibits in Canyon Village while you're there too.

Geothermal Features & Geyser Basins

Yellowstone holds more than 10,000 hydrothermal features, including hot springs, travertine terraces, and active geysers with some of the most stunning colors and unreal action in North America. Some of the best to check out on your next day trip include:

  • Norris Geyser Basin, comprised of the Porcelain Basin and Back Basin. This is where you'll find the famed Steamboat Geyser.
  • Midway Geyser Basin, which you should hit for Grand Prismatic Spring and the view from Fairy FallsWest Thumb Geyser Basin, where you'll see the Abyss Pool and Fishing Cone
  • Lower Geyser Basin, which holds the Fountain Paint Pots and Celestine Pool
  • Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces

Old Faithful Geyser

Located in the Upper Geyser Basin along with the Castle Geyser and Morning Glory Pool, Old Faithful is probably the most well-known feature in Yellowstone. This famous geyser is fun to watch from the boardwalk viewing area at the regular eruption times, which you can find online or on site.

Be sure to carry bear spray with you just in case you encounter any black or grizzly bears. If you plan to stay in the park overnight, check out Lake Yellowstone Hotel, located along the Yellowstone Lake.

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After spending one day or more in Yellowstone, continue the road trip to Grand Teton National Park for even more views, wildlife, and exciting hiking trails near Jackson, Wyoming.

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