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Yellowstone

Yellowstone
The Incredible Park on a Volcano
By Nikita Jaeger

TP 202003 GLOBAL 03Yellowstone National Park, located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho in the mountains of the Western United States, offers the unique wonder of a park situated on a volcano. It was established on March 1, 1872, and covers 2,219,791 acres. The park attracts four million visitors every year to view the 10,000 geothermal features on the Yellowstone Caldera Volcano. Watching the old Faithful Geyser erupt or exploring the abundant wildlife and the 1,100 plant species leaves the visitor with an unforgettable experience.

TP 202003 GLOBAL 01How to reach Yellowstone

 

There are many options for travelling to Yellowstone National Park, and tourists can enter through the north, south, east, and west entrances.

TP 202003 GLOBAL MAPBy Flight

 

North Entrance: Tourists who want to enter Yellowstone through the North Entrance can land at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, which is 141.62 km (88 miles) away via the I-90E and the US-89 S. This route is ideal for tourists who want to include Glacier National Park in the itinerary.

 

South Entrance: Tourists who want to approach Yellowstone National Park through the South Entrance can use the Jackson Hone Airport located in Grand Teton National Park. It is 90.12 km (56 miles) away from Yellowstone National Park which can be reached within an hour's drive.

 

West Entrance: Even though Yellowstone airport is very small, it is very close to the West Entrance and is an ideal option for tourists who want to visit Yellowstone through that entrance. The airport is 4.8 km (3 miles) from Yellowstone and the park can be reached within a 10-minute drive. Another option to enter Yellowstone through the West Entrance is to use the Idaho Falls Regional Airport, which is 175.9 km (109.3 miles) from away from the park and within a 2-hour drive.

 

East Entrance: For travelers heading for the East Entrance, landing at Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody is a convenient option. Cody is 85.3 km from the park and visitors can cover the distance within an hour's drive.

 

By Road


Bus services via Highway 191, connecting Boston (Massachusetts) and West Yellowstone (Montana) is available year round. During summer, only limited bus services are available from Idaho to West Yellowstone.

 

By Rail


No train services are available for reaching Yellowstone directly, but tourists can still utilize the services of Amtrak. The nearest point you can reach on Amtrak is Salt Lake City from where you can take a shuttle service to the West Entrance of the park.

TP 202003 GLOBAL 02Best time to visit Yellowstone


Since Yellowstone is a seasonal park, it鈥檚 advisable to plan your trip according to your interests. Spring lets you enjoy a plethora of wildlife, spectacular waterfalls, and even snow, while in the autumn, you can catch sight of the elk romancing. Summer is when the crowd starts to pour in but in winter there are fewer tourists. Every season has something fabulous to offer. July and August are the most popular months. April to May and September to October are highly recommended months due to the mild weather.

 

Must-visit places in Yellowstone

 

These must-visit places in Yellowstone provide an enjoyable natural experience of geysers and the co-existence of snow, ice, and hot springs.

TP 202003 GLOBAL OLDOld Faithful Geyser

 

A star attraction of Yellowstone is the Old Faithful geyser. It erupts regularly 鈥 hence the name. You can count on it to erupt, and it has been faithfully doing so for over 150 years. The water shooting up high is an impressive sight. The interval between eruptions averages about 92 minutes; eruptions last up to a maximum of five minutes and can reach up to 184 feet.

 

You can also visit the Black Sand Basin which is among the most colorful spots in the park and lies only 2 miles from Old Faithful..

TP 202003 GLOBAL UPPERUpper Geyser Basin

 

The Upper Geyser Basin has a number of geysers, with the majority packed within one square mile. Twenty-five percent of all the geysers in the world are located here. This area has most of the must-visit geysers such as Old Faithful, the Beehive Geyser, the Giantess Geyser, the Grand Geyser, and the Castle Geyser. To the north, you can find the beautiful Morning Glory Pool, named for its similarity to the flower.

TP 202003 GLOBAL MIDWAYMidway Geyser Basin

 

The Midway Geyser Basin is located between the Upper Basin and the Lower Basin. It has two significant geothermal features 鈥 the Excelsior Geyser and the Grand Prismatic Spring. At 37-feet-width, the Grand Prismatic Spring is the biggest hot spring you can find here.

TP 202003 GLOBAL LOWERLower Geyser Basin

 

This part of the park has the Fountain Paint Pots with simmering reddish mud, and the Great Fountain Geyser offering a spectacular water blast reaching up to 220 feet high. The geyser basin lies on both sides of the Firehole River and is a habitat for deer and bison.

TP 202003 GLOBAL NONorris Geyser Basin

 

This is the oldest and most active hydrothermal area in the park. Visitors can access the Porcelain Basin with its bubbling geysers and the Back Basin with its Echinus Geyser and Steamboat Geyser.

TP 202003 GLOBAL MMMammoth Hot Springs

 

There are 60 hot springs here with the temperature reaching 165oF. These thermal springs deposit travertine; the extreme heat dissolves the surrounding limestones forming travertine steps. Minerva Terrace is one such formation.

 

Don鈥檛 miss these less popular attractions

 

These attractions may not be popular, but a trip to Yellowstone is incomplete without visiting these beautiful spots.

TP 202003 GLOBAL LAKEIsa Lake


This is a unique lake and is the only natural lake that drains into two oceans 鈥 the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean 鈥 and strangely, it does this backwards. This unusual phenomenon cannot be seen anywhere else in the world.

TP 202003 GLOBAL LONGLone Star Geyser


This geyser is located near to the Firehole River and erupts every three hours. Because of its semi-remoteness, it is not as popular as the Old Faithful geyser. Though the eruptions are not as high as those of Old Faithful, it is still a beautiful sight to watch.

TP 202003 GLOBAL CChocolate Pot


As the name suggests, these are colorful formations along the Gibbon River with a unique chocolate color. This feature also displays green, yellow, brown, and orange streaks formed by bacteria and algae. It is a fascinating sight and should not be missed while visiting Yellowstone.

TP 202003 GLOBAL NESTThe Crows Nest


Located in the Old Faithful Inn, this is not a popular destination for tourists, but it is worth visiting due to its unique construction techniques. Designed by architect Robert Reamer, it is known for the mixture of stairs and catwalks leading to the top of the inn. It was partially damaged in an earthquake in 1956, and efforts are still in progress to repair and open it to the public very soon.

TP 202003 GLOBAL ECE.C. Waters


This shipwreck is worth a visit, too. Created by E.C.Waters and destroyed by his greed, the remnants of this once magnificent ship sit on Stevenson Island. The anchor, capstan, and porthole are on display. A trip here gives you a chance to sail through a reminiscence of the ship鈥檚 history.

TP 202003 GLOBAL FALLFairy Falls


This is a 61 meters tall waterfall in Yellowstone and is the tallest among all the waterfalls in the park The falls plunge into a shallow pool of cold water. You can reach here by negotiating two different trailheads. One starting point is 1.5 km south of the Midway Geyser Basin, and the second is 0.75 km from the Nez Perce recreation area on the Fountain Freight Road. The hike could be exciting, and it can test your endurance and may take several hours.

Conclusion

 

With its popularity in being situated atop a volcano and housing simmering geysers and exotic flora and fauna, Yellowstone National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Though Yellowstone is beautiful at any time of the year, tourists flock to the park during the summers. It is a must-visit location to enjoy the prolific landforms, waterfalls, and hydrothermal features.

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