Top things to do in Yellowstone National Park
Welcome to Yourtravelsk’s guide to top things to do in Yellowstone National park. Yellowstone National park is one of the busiest national parks in the U.S. With over 6 million visitors annually it is right up there with Grand Canyon and Yosemite National park in terms of popularity. After reading this post you will know exactly what to expect. So without wasting any more time lets begin.
First a little history. Yellowstone is the world’s first National park, set aside in 1872. It has a variety of attractions including hot springs, Geysers, and beautiful flora and fauna. The park is 3,472 square miles. Yes, you read it right, it’s huge.
Tip: The park has so much to offer that everything cannot be covered in a single weekend trip, plan a longer trip to get make the best of your trip.
- Mud Volcano
- Sulphur Caldron
- West Thumb Geyser Basin
- Upper Geyser Basin
- Lower Geyser Basin
- Midway Geyser Basin
- Lone Star Geyser Basin
- Shoshone Geyser Basin
- Monument Geyser Basin
- Norris Geyser Basin
- Firehole River
- Calcite Springs
- Artists Paintpots
- Boiling River Hot Springs
- Firehole Falls
Other Natural attractions
- Isa Lake
- National Park Mountain
- Natural Bridge Yellowstone
- Yellowstone Lake
- Shoshone Lake
- Red Mountains
- Heart Lake
- Roaring Mountain
- Virginia Cascades
- Kepler Cascades
- Madison River
- Gibbon Falls
- Gardner River
- Mount Everts
- Bunsen Peak
- Petrified Tree
- Specimen Ridge
- Tower Fall
- Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
- Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River
- Hayden Valley
- Mount Washburn
- Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River
- Gibbon River
- LeHardy’s Rapids
Check out the map that lists all the natural attractions within the Park. Take a print of the Map to keep with you at all times and also to help plan your trip.
- Fishing Bridge Visitor Center
- Fishing Bridge Visitor Center
- Lake Yellowstone Hotel
- Lake Ranger Station
- Lake Lodge
- Historic West Thumb Ranger Station
- Old Faithful Inn
- Old Faithful Basin Store
- Museum of the National Park Ranger
- Norris Geyser Basin Museum
- Fort Yellowstone
- Roosevelt Arch
- Lamar Buffalo Ranch – Yellowstone Forever Institute
- Roosevelt Lodge
- Tower Ranger Station
- Lamar River Valley Trailhead
- Canyon Village
How to reach Yellowstone National Park
The best and fastest way to reach the park is by catching a flight to either Denver or Salt Lake City and from either of the cities take a flight to Jackson Hole Airport, which is only 50 miles from the Park (less than an hour drive).
People who like long drives can rent a car at either Denver and Salt Lake City and drive directly to the Park. However, the drive can be tiring limiting your ability to enjoy the park on the day of your arrival.
When is the best time to go
The best times to visit the park is from April to September. However try avoiding July and August, if you are not a crowd lover. During these times the weather is warm, there are more flights and more lodging options within the park.
Where to stay
During the peak season (April to September), the lodging fills quickly and one must make a reservation in advance. You can make your bookings on https://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com/
There is also the option of camping and these also need to be booked in advance.
- Bring along extra layers of clothing as the weather in Yellowstone National Park is unpredictable and can change rapidly. Expect a sudden change of weather from Sunny and warm to cold and rainy. Snowfall has also been experienced at any time of the year.
- There is no public transportation available within the Park and most visitors use private vehicles to get around.
- The roads within the park can often we clogged with people stopping on the side of the roads to enjoy the wildlife. Always keep eyes on the road when driving and avoid clogging traffic by making stops where there is no stopping space available.
- During winter months or during snowfall. Some or most of the roads may be closed.
- The lodges within the Park do not have televisions, radios, air conditioning, and the Internet.
- There is no public transportation available within the park.
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