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Yellowstone National Park

Grand Loop Rd, Mammoth, Wyoming 82190 USA

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“1st national park in the world”

It's a wonderland. Old Faithful and the majority of the world's geysers are preserved here. They are the main reason the park was established in 1872 as America's first national park—an idea that spread worldwide. A mountain wildland, home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of bison and elk, the park is the core of one of the last, nearly intact, natural ecosystems in the Earth’s temperate zone.

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Reviewed by
Joel Schat

  • Photographer
  • 238 Reviews
  • 361 Helpful
July 10, 2014

Where do I even begin! I travelled here for 2 weeks and absolutely had to come back for another trip because I loved it so much!

First off there is wildlife.. EVERYWHERE! So many Bison in the park and your guarantee'd to see a vast array of other wildlife while adventuring the park!

The classic ol faithful is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to geological wonders in this park. My favourite spot in the entire park (excluding the cliff jumping into hot spring water!) was the Grand Prismatic Spring! Take the hike up the hill behind the springs so you can see the insane orange colors!

There are tons of other geysers that go off periodically and can shoot way into the air or deep boiling pools of hot spring water! Oh and Mammoth falls will absolutely blow your mind!

Did I mention that it is absolutely massive! Yellowstone Natl Park includes a huge lake, rainbow covered waterfall, hot springs, geysers and even cliff jumping into hot spring water!

Anyways I have to stop writing this review cause I'm already planning my next trip here in the back of my mind :)

24 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Krystal Bailey

  • Road Warrior
  • 19 Reviews
  • 45 Helpful
June 22, 2014

just spent almost a week in yellowstone. it was great and all the rangers seemed really knowledgeable and awesome. please be a respectful camper and a smart driver and for gods sake don't be stupid around wild animals. i actually saw people circle around a bear with their children to take photos. they are wild animals and should be admired from a very safe distance. if you do not believe me, get the book in their giftshop called Death in Yellowstone. Darwin, I swear.

15 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Luisa

  • 332 Reviews
  • 163 Helpful
July 11, 2014

Yellowstone is pretty amazing. I did an RV trip with my family which was pretty cool, gave us a good way to cart around supplies for a week and we stayed at camp grounds along the way. We all felt it was limiting though, as you have to stay at camp grounds with dump sites and hook-ups and all that jazz. If I were to do it again I would take a small car that I could park somewhere, leave it and hike up into the mountains for a few days to get some back-country and camp. The hiking you can access that way I've heard is totally stellar compared to the dinky little trails you get to hike if you have to make your way back to a campground with an RV.

That being said, we still saw some AMAZING stuff in Yellowstone. Massive herds of buffalo and some great close-ups of single ones just moseying down the street. The top 3 highlights for me were the lower falls at Yellowstone Falls (it's an easy hike to the upper falls from there but the lower falls are really the stunning views). Mammoth Hot Springs were really cool because they are just these crazy, terraced landscapes that you've likely never seen. Last but not least, the Norris Geyser Basin is stunning, we happened to go just before sunset and seeing those pools glowing light blue with the sun going down...really surreal.

I highly recommend reading about the park's geology here - it's really what makes Yellowstone such an amazing place: http://www.secretyellowstone.com/historical-cultural-scientific/geology

One last thing, don't forget to look up at the sky once it gets dark because the number of stars you see will blow your mind.

10 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
EvieGuard

  • 5 Reviews
  • 9 Helpful
November 8, 2013

First trip was in 1979, I was 12. Thought it was amazing! Took my son there for his first trip in 2008 and he thought it was amazing! Ol Faithful still going strong (not as strong as in '79) Mammoth falls was a bit disappointing as it is all dried up now. (in '79 they were filled with springs and flowing and had beautiful colors). But still love visiting there and hope my children bring their children there.

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Ken Valuska

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  • 575 Reviews
  • 151 Helpful
June 24, 2014

Yellowstone is an amazing park (obviously), definitely a must-see in your lifetime

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Stephen Rees

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  • 274 Reviews
  • 219 Helpful
July 14, 2014

At first I never quite understood what made Yellowstone THE American national park. But after visiting with my family I understood--it's an astounding space filled with so many incredible places, from the classics like Ol Faithful and the buffalo to its numerous hot springs, waterfalls, and lakes.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
jessica.cormier.16

  • 9 Reviews
  • 43 Helpful
July 5, 2014

Fantastic park. Not like any other. Have your camera ready with a fully charged battery and empty SD card. Steaming (literally) with wildlife at every turn. Keep your distance! An all time favorite picture I have is a bison grazing near the boardwalk to the mud pools. He stopped all of us dead in our tracks. Great background for the picture of such a majestic animal. Have to spend a fee days. Must make reservations. Don't be put off by the sulfur smell. Piggyback this park with Grand Teton.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Josh Green

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  • 144 Reviews
  • 62 Helpful
July 2, 2014

This is a bucket list place for sure. The park of all parks. Make sure to bring your camera to see some of incredible waterfalls and wildlife. You can even walk near Old Faithfull and catch it erupting if your timing is lucky!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
MarcyKing

  • 14 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
August 4, 2015

A grand national park and treasure. There is so much to do, you won't be bored. Either camp, stay at a lodge, or stay outside the park gates in a small town. Buy the yearly pass for $80 to national parks so you can come and go and visit other national parks and historic sites. We entered at the south gate. We exited at the west gate for an overnight stay. We re entered and then exited the northeast gate. The park is pretty much a big loop. We definitely will return again.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
TippyTipster

  • 18 Reviews
  • 18 Helpful
July 7, 2015

A beautiful, unique park with lots of places to go. Keep in mind that if you want to see them all you will be driving a LOT. This is not a small park by any means, and you can usually (in the summer) expect lots of traffic and tourists. Check out Hot springs, geysers, waterfalls, a canyon, and much more. Some must see destinations are Grand Prismatic Springs, Mammoth Hot Springs, Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone (particularly Artist Point and Uncle Tom's Trail), and Lamar Valley (lamar valley contains lots of wild life).
While you are here, PLEASE be smart around Wildlife. It is WILD, not tame. You will see tons of people getting close to bison, bears, elk, etc. Do NOT do this, as you will be hurt.

Yellowstone is definitely worth a visit if you have never been here. If you have, it's nice to drop in every 5 or so years.

There is also lots of back-country hiking, but if you are going to do this bring bear-spray.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
audrebri

  • 25 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
July 4, 2015

Wonderful bucket list place! Very overwhelming place, not a quick stop! 3 days minimum to see some of the park. For Old Faithful, it took us an hour to park - no joke. It was worth it, but try to see it early morning or late afternoon. We did not see any animals through the day, they all came out in the late afternoon. We hope to make it back in our lifetime.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
AustinH.

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  • 6 Reviews
  • 10 Helpful
October 20, 2014

Does it get any better? Yellowstone is one of the most spectacular places on the planet. I felt something truly special just being within park boundaries. Yellowstone is the finest example of wilderness in the lower 48. It's the only place left in the lower 48 where all the native wildlife that used to roam extensively throughout the west many years ago, still thrive today. As an avid nature lover, this is the greatest place on earth in my opinion.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
sadie.gray

  • 18 Reviews
  • 14 Helpful
September 25, 2014

The colors in the hot springs are incredible. I had to wait for a huge elk to cross the road and the bison herds just hanging out in fields were surreal.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Teodor

  • 2 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
September 19, 2014

Amazing place with huge variety of seeings: lots of wildlife, natural wonders, and quiet beauty - all in one

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Sarah Parent

  • 87 Reviews
  • 47 Helpful
August 31, 2014

Yellowstone National Park is one of the most iconic road trip destinations in the United States. It's enormous, and so full of wonders and things to do that it can be overwhelming knowing where to start.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

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  • 1,160 Reviews
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August 31, 2014

As America's first national park, Yellowstone still inspires awe whether it's in the form of bottomless hot springs, exploding geysers or its endless starry nightscapes. Escape for a few moments and enjoy the rugged beauty of one of the world's last, almost intact, "natural ecosystems in the Earth’s temperate zone."

Here's a great video that will totally get you inspired to visit:

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
dacia

  • 5 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
August 27, 2014

Only had 2 days to explore Yellowstone. Now I'm wishing I would've made it my whole vacation! Going back this spring for a week!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

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July 12, 2014

Definitely plan on spending at least one night in the park itself. There are so many different places to stay, camping, or in a historic lodge. The Old Faithful Inn is one of the world's largest log buildings, there's also Lake Yellowstone Hotel. One minor caveat: Don't expect a good internet or phone signal. It's au-naturale here.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
BaileyIreneTriplett

  • 28 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 28, 2016

Road running buffalo, waterfalls, gushing geysers, and multicolor pots. Beautiful place, bit crowded, but so worth it.

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Reviewed by
jocham

  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 23, 2016

Too big to see in one day with all of the different features. We will be back for a long stay just for the opportunity to see all of its beauty.

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Reviewed by
EmilyDeeWillis

  • 7 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 14, 2016

My husband and I drove through this place on our way out of ID. I was so beautiful and we are already planning our trip back. Next time we will plan on staying here a few days.

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Reviewed by
red101

  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 13, 2016

All I have to say is it was amazing!
If you have younger kids bring something for them todo! They will get tired.

Pack your patience and pack water!!!

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Reviewed by
Joanna LeMasters

  • 37 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
July 30, 2016

Yellowstone is massive. I am positive that I could happily spend a month there. The views, the nature, the wildlife. I absolutely loved it. It is great destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and ability, provided people make responsible decisions (hold on to your kiddos the water really is scalding, folks). You can see so much from the comfort of your vehicle, while knowing there's even more to see on foot. The various views could require very little walking to a moderate amount of walking or hiking, but many of the trails and paths are clearly labeled. I loved my time in Yellowstone and cannot wait to return one day.

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Reviewed by
ilikecokecola

  • 5 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 12, 2016

This park is Amazing!! First time here and it took my breath away! Old Faithful & Hot Springs pretty darn cool! You don't really realize how beautiful this country is until you see it for yourself!

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Reviewed by
mamasue52

  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 11, 2016

It's been 50 years since I last visited Yellowstone and I can still close my eyes and smell the sweet air, the pine trees and the minerals at morning glory pool. No place on earth like it.

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Reviewed by
DonnaTournear

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  • 0 Helpful
June 21, 2016

Spent three days in Yellowstone!!! Enjoyed every minute!!! Lots of wildlife. Got to see Old Faithful go off. Lots of hot springs and geysers!!!! Saw elk, pronghorn deer, wolves, bear, and bison. Elk, bear and bison all had babies with them. It was wonderful!!!!!

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Reviewed by
IndigoOsgatharp

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  • 0 Helpful
April 1, 2016

Beautiful even when its rainy. At the highest elevation, i got to touch snow in june. Cant wait to go again in Feb

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Reviewed by
kassiah

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  • 0 Helpful
March 29, 2016

Can you camp in a tent here? I am planning a trip for over spring break but want to tent camp the whole way.

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Reviewed by
CLCS

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  • 0 Helpful
March 22, 2016

This is the best place ever! I love it. It has so many animals that are amazing to see. TAKE YOUR CHILDREN HERE NOW!!!

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Reviewed by
Nordkapp trippers

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  • 0 Helpful
March 20, 2016

Great park 🇺🇸best nature view and we saw a puma.

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Reviewed by
GinaLeClair

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  • 0 Helpful
January 12, 2016

We love Yellowstone! Check out the surrounding areas. The Beartooth Highway and Cody and many other backroads around the park will take you to even more places to love. The BLM office can help you with ideas and maps of dirt roads to explore. It is pretty wild out there !!

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Dakota

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  • 131 Reviews
  • 20 Helpful
November 11, 2015

The park is the most active earthly wilderness in the world. This is not because of the some three million annual visitors, but rather the hot lava bed which shifts the altitudes of the park in relatively short measurement spans and therein, it has more geysers than everywhere else in the world combined. It's an incredible visit.

Also, visit the gift shop. It's like no other, truly awesome store.

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Riley

  • 20 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
October 26, 2015

Yellowstone is incredible. On my trip, I only drove around to tour the park. I would highly recommend staying there a few nights and exploring on foot because I regret not doing that. It was absolutely stunning. It's like nothing I've ever seen before, and my pictures look unreal. I HAVE to go back.

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Reviewed by
KHSDdance

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  • 0 Helpful
October 1, 2015

If a family could only chose one destination to visit in the US; Yellowstone should be their choice. I could return again and again if I only had the time.

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NataliaCarvalho

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  • 4 Helpful
September 15, 2015

Yellowstone should be a define travel destination for everyone! No matter what you like doing (hiking, swimming, sight seeing, exploring) there is literally something for everyone. You can't beat it's beauty and variety of landscapes within the park

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Kim and Ed Arsenualt

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  • 0 Helpful
August 17, 2015

There really are no words for how beautiful Yellowstone park is. Aside from Old Faithful and the geysers and mud pots etc. the Yellowstone Grand Canyon is spectacular! Two beautiful falls with easy access walking and spectacular views. I highly recommend this!

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c.vanhorn10

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April 29, 2015

Lived and worked in YNP for 4 months and STILL could not see everything there is to see. Gah it is breathtaking..every single bit. BUCKET LIST MATERIAL

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Reviewed by
Rich

  • 21 Reviews
  • 10 Helpful
December 27, 2014

THE BEST National park in the country! We traveled 10,000 miles across the U.S. And this park has everything the other parks have and more! (Animals, Waterfalls, a miniature Grand Canyon, the sulfur water pools are AMAZING!!).

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Bryan

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  • 76 Reviews
  • 64 Helpful
November 23, 2014

What can you say - it is Yellowstone! - Lots of easy short easy hikes to interesting natural features, easy park roads that allow you to drive to the trail heads, wild life everywhere, water falls, rivers, mountain views, etc.. Surrounding area has lots of attractions as well - quake lake, Virginia City, Nevada City, Vortex, etc.. You could spend a month here and the surrounding area...

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Bobbigator

  • 8 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
July 20, 2014

Yellowstone has it all. Wildlife, falls... Etc. stayed in Grant Village. I recommend that over the others

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Yellowstone National Park

Grand Loop Rd
Mammoth, Wyoming
82190 USA

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