Yellowstone National Park, WY

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Yellowstone National Park featuring a river or creek and forest scenes
Go from one amazing attraction to another, with each one having its own unique features that never fail to fascinate.

With its 3,472 square miles (8,991 square kilometers) spanning three states, Yellowstone National Park is an impressive place to visit. It’s located over a subterranean volcano, resulting in an array of hydrothermal and geological features. Experience geysers in the park, watch wildlife, see a painted pool or listen to a mountain that is never quiet.

The world evolved billions of years ago, but this park still shows signs of development. Some of the turmoil from that ancient time is visible in the area of the park’s caldera, the remnants of a smoldering volcano. Notice hot springs and fumaroles, which indicate activity happening far beneath Earth’s surface.

Despite the internal heat, a high-altitude cold lake is located in this portion of the Rocky Mountains. Visit Yellowstone Lake at an elevation of 7,733 feet (2,357 meters) above sea level, making it North America’s largest high-elevation lake.

Among the various water features in the park, you’ll find numerous waterfalls, with Gibbon Falls one of the favorites. Fountain Paint Pot and Grand Prismatic Spring are bodies of hot, acidic water exhibiting incredible colors. Let your imagination wander at Dragon’s Mouth Springs where gases and steam from inside a cave give the illusion that a mythical creature lives within.

Old Faithful is one of about 500 geysers in the park, which has more than half of the world’s total geysers. The famous geyser is almost certain to put on a show while you’re at its visitor center. Refer to the National Park Service timetable for eruption schedules of this and other geysers.

Geological features are also fascinating, such as Roaring Mountain. It provides an eerie sight with no vegetation on one side and plumes of steam releasing hissing noises. These hot plumes, or fumaroles, are found throughout the park. Spot wildlife in Lamar Valley. Herds of bison are a common sight.

Have a great family vacation traveling around Yellowstone National Park. You can pay the weekly or annual fee at one of five entrances. Note that some roads close during winter.

Where to stay in Yellowstone National Park

Grant Village - Inside the Park
Grant Village - Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
24 Rainbow Loop, Yellowstone National Park, WY, 82190
The price is $230 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 19
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Yellowstone National Park. Enjoy free parking, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Popular attractions Yellowstone National ...
3.3/5 (106 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel between the trees. You can walk to lake side."

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2022

Grant Village - Inside the Park
Canyon Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
Canyon Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
3 out of 5
41 Clover Ln, Yellowstone National Park, WY, 82190
Fully refundable
The price is $259 per night from Aug 31 to Sep 1
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly lodge in Yellowstone National Park. Enjoy free parking, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the clean rooms ...
3.6/5 Good! (479 reviews)
"Nice and clean. In the middle of the Yellowstone park."

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2022

Canyon Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
Old Faithful Inn - Inside the Park
Old Faithful Inn - Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
3200 Old Faithful Inn Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY, 82190
The price is $349 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 24
Stay at this historic hotel in Yellowstone National Park. Enjoy 2 restaurants, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Old Faithful and Grand ...
3.2/5 (22 reviews)
"Excellent location with Old Faithful and the geyser basin. Great historic inn. Disappointed with the dining room buffet."

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

Old Faithful Inn - Inside the Park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Wander Camp Yellowstone
Wander Camp Yellowstone
2 out of 5
Old U.S. Hwy 191, Island Park, ID, 83429
The price is $134 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
Stay at this campground in Island Park. Enjoy free parking, private yards, and concierge services. Popular attractions Mack's Inn Playhouse and Henrys Lake State ...
4/5 Very Good! (153 reviews)
"Beautiful Location! Friendly Hosts"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2022

Wander Camp Yellowstone
Cabin Village
Cabin Village
2.5 out of 5
4147 N Big Springs Loop Rd, Island Park, ID, 83429
Stay at this cabin in Island Park. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and free bicycles on site. Popular attractions Mack's Inn Playhouse and Big Springs are located ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (140 reviews)
"Newer place. Loved out cabin and the grounds! Definitely should check it out for yourself!"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

Cabin Village
Dreamcatcher Tipi Hotel
Dreamcatcher Tipi Hotel
2 out of 5
20 Maiden Basin Dr., Gardiner, MT, 59030
The price is $208 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this campground in Gardiner. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (246 reviews)
"Matt, the property manager, was very helpful and attentive. A beautiful and very comfortable place."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Dreamcatcher Tipi Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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