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YellowstoneNatPark,WY Travel Guide

by our United States expert Paul Baderman
 
Paul BadermanThe first National Park in the world (1872, President US Grant) and undoubtedly one of the best. It is also one of the largest at 3,500 sq miles, millions of acres, and it’s essential to plan ahead - as a start there are five wide apart ‘gates’ and the park is actually in 3 different states. So clearly you can’t ‘do it’ in a brief visit and in fact the varied ecology is a major reason to go. It has rolling forested and meadow landscapes that can be viewed from a car, it has mountains with spectacular waterfalls and two major rivers (Lewis and Yellowstone) flowing in opposite directions, the Yellowstone Lake is in a volcanic crater and one of the highest in the world, and the volcanic origin produces many geo-thermal outbreaks most notably the famous Old Faithful geyser. Then there’s the wildlife: grizzlies, wolves, a huge (3,500) bison herd, elk, assorted deer (many unique) and a multitude of bird species. You can stay in and around the park - there’s even an Old Faithful lodge - with spectacular campsites galore and varying terrain walking trails. Just allow yourself as much time as you can possibly scrape together.
 

360 Tour of Old Faithful Geyser


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