Yellowstone Road Trip: Top 5 things to do in Yellowstone National Park
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1. Grand Prismatic Spring
The Grand Prismatic Spring was perhaps the most magnificent thing I saw on my Yellowstone Road Trip. Although not quite as famous as Old Faithful, I think it is equally grand. Keep in mind, there isn’t much parking for the Grand Prismatic Spring so I recommend making this the first stop of the day while you are in the park. Also, you can hike above the Spring for a great aerial view!
2. Old Faithful
Old Faithful is the most famous geyser in Yellowstone, and maybe even the world! This geyser is a must see on your Yellowstone Road Trip because you are guaranteed to see if go off. This geyser typically errupts every 60- 90 minutes, plus or minus ten minutes. When you arrive at the parking lot for Old Faithful, you will see a sign predicting the time of the next eruption. You should be in position to watch the eruption at least 10 minutes before it’s scheduled time, because the eruptions are predicted within a window!
fun fact: The water temperature of Old Faithful geyser reaches about 400 degrees Fahrenheit!
3. Upper Geyser Basin
The Upper Geyser Basin is an area located above Old Faithful where you can walk around and observe more thermal activity, including about 150 more geysers! This is a really cool place to walk around and marvel at the spectacular geothermal activity.
4. Mammoth Hot Springs
The Mammoth Hot Springs are a very unique feature to see in Yellowstone National Park. They are made of limestone, and due to the ever changing nature of this volcanic feature, appear different every year. Mammoth Hot Springs is comprised of an upper and lower terrace. Additionally, there are about 50 different hot springs located here.
5. The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is another must see during your Yellowstone Road Trip. It is a huge canyon running through the park, formed by a massive volcanic eruption thousands of years ago. The Yellowstone Grand Canyon is comprised of three main falls: Lower Falls, Upper Falls, and Crystal Falls. Check out this page for more information on hiking around the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.