If you are on vacation in the USA and you ever find yourself near the vicinity of Wyoming or even Montana and Idaho, don’t forget to go to America’s oldest park, Yellowstone National Park. It’s known for its beautiful geysers, hot water wells, hot springs and the great diversity of animals. From grizzly bears to brown bears, bisons to wolves.
Some of the animals are hard to find, but if you stay in the park for a couple of days you are bound to see them. We are going to share the 6 Yellowstone National Park highlights you should definitely see during your visit.
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Upper Geyser Basin & Morning Glory Pool
The Upper Geyser Basin area contains a wide variety of geysers displaying steam and water eruptions and fountain basins with beautiful colours. The area has the highest concentration of geysers in the world and is a definite must-see when in Yellow Stone Park.
A two-hour trail takes you past Old Faithful, the Giant Geyser, the Beehive Geyser, the Castle Geyser, the Grand Geyser and on the northern edge past the impressive Morning Glory Pool which shows hundreds of colours.
The Grand Prismatic Spring
The beautiful Grand Prismatic Spring is situated in the Midway Geyser Basin area and is the biggest spring in the United States. The 370 foot wide spring shows beautiful rays of blue, orange, gold and green colours which make it a popular spot for photographers.
Mammoth Hot Springs
For other pretty picture sights, the Mammoth Hot Springs is a must visit as well. Situated on the east flank of Terrace Mountain you find a collection of limestone platforms housing hot spring waters of temperatures between 17 and 74 degrees Celsius.
Funny fact: the platforms constantly change in shape and height due to changes and movement beneath the surface, so every visit to the springs brings a different and unique view.
Fountain Paint Pot
In the Lower Geyser Basin area there’s a trail that takes you to the Fountain Paint Pots. These pots are host to different simmering puddles of mud in all kind of vibrant colours which, as the name describes, are most similar to paint pots. During the summer the pots are at their most active when melting snow provides abundant water for them to bubble.
Yellow Stone Lake
Last but definitely not least comes Yellow Stone Lake. Compared to the other features of the park, Yellow Stone Lakes appears to be an oasis of tranquility, but there is more than meets the eye.
The lake sits in the crater of the vulcano below the surface, which produces submerged fountains. Besides the abundance of plant and animal life the lake houses hot springs, mudpots and geysers all at the same time.