Yellowstone National Park Iconic Sights to See

It might be difficult to know where to begin, when planning a vacation to Yellowstone National Park, but you shouldn't miss these 10 iconic sites during your visit. Checkout some of our favorite must see spots in Yellowstone National Park.

Old Faithful

This beautiful cone geyser is one of Yellowstone’s most remarkable landmarks. It was the first of approximately 500 Yellowstone geysers to be given a name. Old Faithful is still going strong after 150 years. It erupts regularly, and the eruption frequently lasts long enough for tourists to explore the geyser and take numerous photographs. Old Faithful's outburst reaches an astounding height of around 185 feet. 


Morning Glory Springs

The hot spring located on the upper geyser basin captures the natural beauty of Yellowstone. Morning Glory pool is regarded as Yellowstone National Park's most stunning pool and a remarkable attraction. Its colors are caused by the presence of heat-loving microorganisms, which provide a dazzling array of hues. The bacteria that live's in the springs scorching heat produce the exquisite blue water. The spring has exploded as a geyser on a few different occasions, usually in response to an earthquake or other local volcanic eruptions. 


Grand Prismatic Spring

Grand Prismatic Spring is the biggest hot spring in the United States, situated in the middle of geyser basin. It's strikingly beautiful from above, but it's also remarkable from the bottom. The colorful huge prismatic spring is one of the places in Yellowstone you must visit. It isn't just the greatest hot spring in the United States, but is one of the world's most peculiar tourist attractions. It is also the most well-known and photographed icon of Yellowstone National Park. It is the size of a football field and the depth of a ten-story structure. It is only when you’re standing there that you realize how huge the grand prismatic spring is, no matter how many times you have seen it in photos. 


Mammoth Hot Spring


Mammoth Hot Spring, is another genuinely unique location in Yellowstone, it is unlike any other spot in the country. There's a wide range of thermal properties here, but they are not the same as those found in the upper geyser basins. The distinctive inside-out cave view of the Mammoth Hot Springs is what makes it so remarkable. Due to it’s location in Yellowstone's volcanic zone, boiling water flows just beneath the surface. The water in this area burns the limestone and forces the mixture above.


Yellowstone Upper Falls

Out of two impressive waterfalls in Yellowstone, Upper Falls gets the most attention. It is more than one hundred feet high. Yellowstone Falls is a pair of significant waterfalls on the Yellowstone River. The Yellowstone River exits Hayden Valley as it travels northeast from Yellowstone Lake, plunging initially above Upper Yellowstone Falls and then around 1300 feet downstream over Lower Yellowstone Falls, before entering the Grand Canyon.


Gibbon Falls

In a slow slope, the waterfalls drop around about 84 feet. For a wonderful view, stop in the designated location close to the top of the waterfalls, but be prepared to wait your turn because the gazing zone is frequently overcrowded. Take the concrete trail over the river to gain your own viewpoint. The waterfall which flows 84 feet into a little clean lake is only a few footsteps into the woods. With brushy pine trees and craggy rocks, the scene is classic Yellowstone. It is located halfway between Madison and Norris Junctions.


Hayden Valley


Hayden valley is the ideal place to see wildlife. Hayden Valley is located halfway between Yellowstone Lake and Canyon Village on Grand Loop Drive. Wildlife such as elk and sometimes bison can be seen at any time of day, however closer to sunrise and sunset are the ideal times to watch them. You might also see deer, a variety of songbirds, and, if you're lucky, bears or wolves. Please keep in mind that wildlife is wild. Driving by and seeing what's on the route is a great way to check out this area. Because the animals are normally fairly far from the road, it is strongly advised you carry binoculars. Avoid approaching all wildlife and keep a distance of at least a 100 yards from bears and wolves.


Norris Geyser Basin

Norris Geyser Basin is one of Yellowstone's most beautiful areas. Norris geyser basin, the hottest geyser basin is divided into two regions. The back basin and the porcelain basin.


Yellowstone Lake


Yellowstone Lake is the largest elevated freshwater lake in the United States. It appears to be a normal lake on the top, but beneath the placid surface are geysers, hot springs, and canyons up to four hundred feet deep! Fishing and boating are two most common hobbies on this lake, and you could easily spend an entire afternoon here.

Artist Point

Artist Point is a lookout spot on the brink of a mountain on the ledge of Yellowstone Grand Canyon. This is primarily a relaxing hike to watch the waterfalls. Because it flows into the river, it provides a panoramic picture of the waterfalls, creek, and canyon sure to provide inspiration for any artist.

No matter which sites you decide to checkout on your Yellowstone vacation, it is sure to be an unforgettable experience. With it's unique history and amazing geological features people come from all over the world to see this National Park. 


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