With its stunning lakes and dramatic peaks, Yellowstone is one of the most beautiful places in the United States. Anyone who loves the outdoors, and even probably some people who don’t, will be in awe at the sight of this incredible Wyoming national park. Some of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders are found there, and you don’t want to leave without seeing them. Below are some of the best sights to see in Yellowstone:
1) Old Faithful
A true must-see, Old Faithful is the most renowned geyser not only in the United States but in the world. The eruptions of Old Faithful average about 130 feet high, and they can clear as much as 180 feet. The geyser erupts about every hour and half. There are a number of different ways to see Old Faithful, but if you’re a true outdoors lover, chances are you’d prefer not to watch from the dining room in the Old Faithful Inn. Instead, join the large group of tourists who gather around the geyser’s perimeter to see an example of nature’s wonder that you will truly never forget.
2) Yellowstone Lake
The park’s largest body of water sits at the center of Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone Lake is the largest freshwater lake above 7,000 feet in North America. Anglers and boaters enjoy this lake, but that doesn’t mean that hikers can’t enjoy its beauty a well. If you head to Yellowstone Lake, chances are you’ll be able to see some of the animal residents of the park, such as bison, grizzly bears and bald eagles.
3) Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
One of the most popular hiking areas in Yellowstone is the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Created by years of erosion from water, wind and other natural forces, the canyon is about 20 miles long and half a mile wide. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River is the longest undammed river in the US, running through Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota. The golden cliffs at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is equally stunning. To see an incredible view of the canyon and the falls, head to Red Rock Point, Lookout Point or any of the various spots on the South Rim Trail.
4) Grand Prismatic Spring
The Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the United States, and also one of nature’s most beautiful sights. Sitting in the Midway Geyser Basin, the spring is about 250 by 300 feet and is about 160 feet deep. The most fascinating aspect of this spring is its rainbow coloration. The variety of colors is caused by pigment thermophilic bacteria. These bacteria thrive off of rich minerals which are produced by geothermic activity. The spring sits just south of the Low Geyser Basin. If you go to see the Grand Prismatic Spring, don’t forget to stop by the Excelsior Geyser and the Turquoise Pool as well.
Yellowstone is an incredible national park that holds a number of nature’s wonders. Make sure you take in as much of the beauty you possibly can by visiting these four attractions on your hike.