The sixth-most visited national park in the country, Yellowstone National Park is best known for its active thermal features; geysers like Old Faithful and Steamboat, boiling mudpots, fumaroles, and hot springs. But beyond the thermals is one of the most pristine environments still remaining in the lower 48 states. Yellowstone encompasses 3,468 square miles of land and hosts a collection of the largest land animals in North America. Bison, moose, grizzly, elk, and wolves all roam the landscape.
Yellowstone National Park Attractions
There is something for everyone during a visit to Yellowstone. Terrific hikes abound, ranger programs are plentiful, and some of the best wildlife viewing in the country happens here. But it’s a huge place, and cramming too much into one day is a common pitfall. Planning ahead always provides a better experience, which is why we’re here to help.
Grand Prismatic Springs
The dramatic rainbow colors of this massive hot spring are formed by heat-loving microbes. But plan ahead and set your expectations correctly when visiting here. Many people are disappointed to learn it’s not like it looks in the photos.
These thundering falls of the Yellowstone River are naturally framed by the landscape to be easily viewed from multiple lookout points along the north and south rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
The most famous feature of Yellowstone and most famous geyser in the world, Old Faithful erupts with astonishing regularity, making it an easy attraction to visit. But we have other helpful tips for visiting this area without hitting crowds.
Mammoth Hot Springs
This gorgeous array of travertine terraces made of calcium carbonate almost looks man-made. Be sure you understand the do’s and dont’s of a visit to this section of the park.
Yellowstone National Park Lodging
With a large and popular park like Yellowstone, where you stay can make or break your trip. Staying inside the gates provides a significant head start to the day’s activities, but accommodations are more expensive and reservations sell out far in advance. That’s why we’re here to help you.
There are many campgrounds inside the gates of Yellowstone, some that are primitive (meant for tent camping), and a few that accommodate larger vehicles like RVs and camper vans. If you’re lucky (or if you ask us for help!) you may even score a site with electric and water hookups.
Hotels and Lodges
Canyon Lodge has more than 500 rooms (including cabins) and a variety of room types. This large lodge is a good choice because of its size and proximity to the canyon area.
The Old Faithful Inn is one of the largest log structures in the world, built in 1904 beside the Old Faithful geyser.
Staying in the gateway towns of West Yellowstone or Gardiner helps support the businesses that operate there, but be prepared for longer drives into the park each day. We’re here to filter through all of the hotel and Airbnb options for you.