What to see in Yellowstone park, the Best Park in USA

Yellowstone is world-famous for its natural heritage and beauty. Yellowstone park holds half the world's geothermal features. The wildlife of Yellowstone Park is tempting as well, with grizzly bears, wolves, bison and elk, all while standing on the surface of the Earth's largest known "super-volcano".

Mammoth Hot Springs are the most popular toruist attraction in Yellowstone park. The hot water flows deposits calcite and other substances and form large terraces and other shapes. Some of the terraces grow several inches per day.
The Boiling River is another very famous tourist spot in Yellowstone National Park. This small swimming hole is one of very few spots in the park where visitors can soak in naturally-heated water. Naturally it tends to be very crowded, so try to visit very early in the morning during peak season.

Fort Yellowstone is another popular spot in Yellowstone. The historic center of activity during the United States Army's tenure of the park. You can also hike to the top of Bunsen Peak. It takes approximately three hours round trip. The peak overlooks the old Fort Yellowstone area. Bring water and snacks with you.

Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone park is home to Steamboat Geyser, the world's largest geyser, which can throw water more than 300 feet into the air when it erupts. The Norris area is the hottest, most acidic, and most changeable in the park.
Roaring Mountain is a very interesting tourist spot in Yellowstone. A collection of steam vents and hot springs which make noises ranging from a nearly inaudible whisper to a roar that can be heard miles away. 
Norris also includes other tourist attractions in Yellowstone like Gibbon River and Virginia Cascades.

Gibbon Falls in Yellowstone is a 84-foot falls tumble down a staircase-like rock.
Madison River in Yellowstone park creates a canyon with steep, tree-covered rock walls on each side.
Monument Geyser Basin which is largely extinct, but you can get some great views on its mile-long access trail.
Artist Paint Pots which is a half-mile hike takes you past many colorful hot springs, steam vents and bubbling mud pots.Terrace Springs.
Firehole Canyon Drive, Firehole Falls and National Park Mountain are some most popular tourist destinations in Yellowstone park. The National Park mountain is the spot where the Madison and Firehole rivers meet. As legend has it, this is where the idea came about to preserve Yellowstone as a National Park.

Geyser basins, including Old Faithful
Upper Geyser Basin is the most popular tourist spot in the Yellowstone park, the Upper Geyser Basin is home to the largest number of geysers in the park, with over 100 located within a one square mile area. Boardwalks allow access to the most interesting areas. Do not leave the trails; the surface here is thin and unstable and has a real chance of depositing you in a boiling pool of water if you walk where you're not supposed to.
Old Faithful is world's most famous geyser, with large eruptions occurring an average of about once every hour and a half. Despite its reputation for having eruptions you can set a watch to, the timing between each eruption has actually been increasing over the past several decades. Rangers are able to predict the geyser's eruptions to within about 10 minutes, provided the duration of the previous eruption is known.
Other geysers in Upper Geyser Basin that are well enough understood to be predictable are Grand Geyser, Castle Geyser, Daisy Geyser, and Riverside Geyser.
Lower Geyser Basin, unlike the Upper Basin, most active areas here are accessible by car. Great Fountain Geyser is the largest geyser in this group.
The Grand Prismatic Spring, viewed from above. There is a trail that goes around the back of the spring which has a small turn-off that lets intrepid climbers rise about 400 feet above the spring, and capture the entire basin in one view. For a closer view, there are raised boardwalks around the spring and nearby pools (viewable in the detail of the picture)
Midway Geyser Basin. This geyser basin is on a hill overlooking the Firehole River. The runoff from its thermal features flows into the river, leaving steaming, colorful trails in its wake. Absolutely spectacular!
Grand Prismatic Spring. Perhaps this geyser basin's most famous feature, this is a mass of sapphire blue hot water with bands of yellow and orange around its edges. This spring is more than 300 feet across.

Lone Star geyser erupting, Check at Old Faithful Visitor Center for times
Lone Star Geyser Basin. This and the following are more "Do" than "See," as they require some hiking to reach them. The route takes off from the loop road south of Upper Geyser Basin and follows an old, now-closed road for a total of about 3 miles (5 km). Bicycles can make it most of the way to Lone Star. Nice hike for families.
Shoshone Geyser Basin. Serious hiking is required to reach this remote basin, which is beyond Lone Star and a good 7 miles (12 km) one way from the trailhead.

Grant Village
West Thumb Geyser Basin is one of the best spot here.
Abyss Pool. There is an optical illusion with this brilliant blue hot spring that makes it look bottomless.
Fishing Cone where in the past, people used to catch fish in Yellowstone Lake and then cook the fish by dipping them into this partially submerged hot spring. This stunt is no longer allowed.

Lake Area
Yellowstone Lake is the largest freshwater lake at an elevation over 8,000 feet in the country.
Mud Volcano/Sulphur Cauldron area of the Yellowstone park has pools of mud that are constantly seething and boiling.

Dead trees near the summit of Mt. Washburn. These trees are the victims of a massive forest fire in 1987 that burned through over 30% of the forest running through the park.
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is the best spot in Yellowstone park. Chemical processes over time have left stripes and patches of different colors in the rock of this canyon. Depths of the canyon reach 800-1200 feet. Trails lead along the north and south rims of the canyon, but while traveling the entire trail in one day is possible, it makes for a long and tiring day. Best to make it two shorter (~3 hour) day hikes.
The Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone are two largest waterfalls in the park. The Upper Falls is 109 feet tall and creates a small canyon. The large Lower Falls is about 309 feet tall, and creates the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
Artist point is the best spot to view the canyon and the lower falls.
Hayden Valley is the best place to watch bison in Yellowstone. Hayden Valley is home to a large number of animals.
Mt. Washburn. One of the best places in the park for spotting bighorn sheep, a trail leads up the mountain to a lookout tower near the 10,243 foot summit. The altitude may affect some hikers, so it is best to be acclimatized to the higher elevation before attempting this hike. In addition, bring extra layers, even in the summer, since the top can be windy and cold.

Tower Fall is a 100-foot tall waterfall plunges down a rock, creates a thin canyon, and a rapid creek. Among others Calcite Springs, Specimen Ridge and Petrified Forest are some popular spots in Yellowstone park.

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