Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is one of the most remarkable stretches of land on the planet recognised by the fact that it was the World's First National Park. It is enormous. Its 2,219,789 acres (about the size of Cumbria and Lancashire combined) is home to one of the world's largest calderas with over 10,000 thermal features and more than 300 geysers. A dizzying amount of wildlife lives in the park but none of these figures prepare one for the sheer beauty of the place. The waterfalls, the petrified forest, Old Faithful, the rivers and valleys just take one’s breath away.
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Why should I visit Yellowstone National Park?
The easiest way to see the park is to drive the grand loop road and stop at the various highlights along the way. You should allow at least two days so that you can drive the northern loop and southern and you can stay either at one of the lodges in the park or in one of the towns on the edge such as West Yellowstone, Montana or Cody, Wyoming. If you have time to spend 3 or 4 days in the area, you might consider staying in two different lodges, say in Canyon Village and in the Old Faithful area.
The highlights of the northern upper loop include Tower Falls, a 132 foot waterfall, Inspiration Point which is where you can marvel at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, the Mammoth Hot Springs and the array of thermal features in the Norris Geyser Basin. Porcelain Basin is Yellowstone's hottest exposed area. There is a museum at Norris explaining the geyser workings.
The Lower Loop takes in Old Faithful itself, the Black Sand Basin where despite the name the colours of the Emerald Pool and Sunset are stunning. The Lower Geyser Basin is well worth the detour especially the Fountain Paint pot and the Firehole Falls. Visit the geyser basin at West Thumb before arriving at Yellowstone Lake which will quite simply take your breath away! It is North America's largest mountain lake. Over time it has drained into the Pacific Ocean, the Arctic Ocean via Hudson Bay, and now drains into the Atlantic via the Gulf of Mexico. It is 20 miles long, 14 miles wide, and 390 feet deep at its deepest point. Swimming in the water is so cold that it can cause fatal hypothermia in minutes.
To see the park at its best, and to get away from the crowds around the main attractions, you are advised to take to your feet and hike some of the many well marked trails in the park; some are very demanding, but many are literally a stroll in the park. If you really want to get away from it all, we have a selection of 3 – 7 day hiking holidays either staying in inns or camping.
Wolves in Yellowstone are best seen in the winter and we are delighted to be able to offer you some amazing chances to see and hear wolves hosted by on nationally renowned guide.
TIP - It will take you much longer than you think to get from a to b! The speed limit is only 35 mph through most of the park and you will not normally achieve this as you slow to see yet another wondrous view or be caught in a bear jam.
Entrance fee $25 for 7 days and is valid for both Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. Keep your receipt!
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