Yellowstone holds a special place in the world of national parks, as it was the first to ever be established all the way back in 1872. Spanning the three states of Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho, this rich country spans a whopping 3,472 square miles of the American wilderness.
Once you’re in the park, visitors have a whole host of options as far as how they’d like to approach the sites. Whether you’re visiting in the warmer months or are taking on the park during winter, there is more than enough to keep you busy. Visitors can join a ranger tour and learn about the park’s wildlife and natural formations in depth or go at it alone. You can backcountry camp at more than 300 sites, bring the RV, try your hand at fly fishing, hike any of the 1,000 miles of trails through the wilderness, glimpse the wildlife, or even go by boat.
We’ve got handfuls of destinations and adventures that can’t be missed but have narrowed down a few of our favorites. Of course, Old Faithful is a must. We recommend visiting early in the morning or later in the afternoon to miss the heavy tourist traffic for a more intimate experience. The Grand Prismatic Spring is another must-see. The largest hot spring in Yellowstone and the third-largest in the world, this wonder is sure to stun any who visit her. Lastly, if you’re up for it a trek, we recommend thinking the Ribbon Lake Loop. The six-mile loop is relatively level and connects two small lakes, taking you through some of Yellowstone’s most stunning views along the way. Traverse through meadows, take a break at the hydrothermal Clear Lake, then continue to the lily pad-covered Ribbon Lake before finishing back where you started.