We were so incredibly excited when we got to Yellowstone National Park. Words can't begin to describe what you will experience here.
Yellowstone is incredibly big (the first American National Park and one of the largest ). We suggest taking the time to research and prepare in advance, so you can decide what is most important for you to see. We were there in July and there were A LOT of tourists. Allow for extra time, the roads are one lane with slow speed limits. There could also be traffic or a herd of bison may decide to cross the road and stop traffic for 2 hours.
We came into the park through the East Entrance and camped in the National Park, in Grant Village. Our campsite was beautiful. We were surrounded by tall trees and it felt very private. The park rangers were very helpful in guiding us to stay safe from wildlife. Yellowstone is home to 61 different mammals including grizzly bears, wolves and bison. There are strict rules and you should take them seriously. These animals are wild and as amazing as it is to see them, they are dangerous and tourists die every year. That being said, make sure you ask about recent sightings and if you can, adjust your itinerary to spot wildlife. It was the highlight of our trip.
We could have spent weeks in this park and still not have seen everything. We only had a few days, here are our highlights :
- Old Faithful, a geyser that erupts every 35 minutes to 2 hours for 5 to 11 minutes. It can reach up to 184 feet. It's worth taking the time to walk around the several miles of boardwalk to see the different multi-coloured hot springs and geysers, and to see Old Faithful erupt away from the crowd.
- Grand Prismatic Spring, incredibly spectacular, a must see. The largest hot spring in the U.S. and the third largest in the world, its colours and size will blow your mind.
- Lower Falls and Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, another absolute must. Your jaw will drop. The falls are 308 feet tall. It's well worth hiking around the area to see it from different point of views.