As our country celebrates more than one hundred years of National Park Service excellence, millions of visitors will flock to visit the world’s first national park—Yellowstone. With distinct beauty seen in hot springs, geysers, mountains, and vast forests, here are five attractions you must see on your next trip to Yellowstone National Park.
Take an hour or two to explore one of Yellowstone’s most popular feature, Old Faithful and the other geysers of the Upper Geyser Basin. Eruptions of Old Faithful occur roughly every 90-minutes, with boiling water reaching heights of over 100 feet in the air. Several other geysers are in the area, including Beehive, Castle, and Riverside.
GRAND CANYON OF YELLOWSTONE
While not nearly as large as the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon is just as stunning. Featuring the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon, the jaw-dropping 308-foot waterfall is one of the most photographed features in all of Yellowstone. The 3/8-mile hike down to the edge of the Lower Falls is well worth the effort, as are views from the North and South sides of the Canyon.
MAMMOTH HOT SPRING
The main attraction of the Mammoth District, the landscape and features are very different from the rest of Yellowstone. The boardwalks above the steaming thermal features provide beautiful views, as do the drives around the travertine terraces. Be sure to visit Fort Yellowstone, which is also in the area.
One of the most popular waterfalls in Yellowstone, the 132-foot drop is an attraction to visit any time of year. The frozen falls are accessible by cross-country skis in the winter months. A short walk behind the General Store will take you to an overlook of the falls, but be sure to take the short and steep walk to the base of the waterfall.
The largest high-altitude lake in the continental United States, the landscape is surrounded by beautiful forests and snow-capped mountains. Get one of the best views of the lake from the Fishing Bridge, located just northeast of Lake Village. home to Lake Yellowstone Hotel, Lake Village is home to some of the most-recognized landmarks in Yellowstone.