In my opening post I told you that one of my favorite National Parks in the world is Yellowstone National Park, so I thought I would start there.
There is a reason that Yellowstone National Park is one of America’s favorite National Park. First a little history…
Yellowstone is known for being named the first National Park in the United States of America back in 1872. Yellowstone NP can be found in the North West corner of the state of Wyoming and spans an area of 3,468 square miles. It has many different features (including lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges) which makes it a popular destination to visit. Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-altitude lakes in North America and is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest super-volcano in North America.
Now that the history lesson is over, let’s get into why you want to visit. To put it simply, it has everything you could possibly want in a park. Let’s run through the list…
Where do I start… Hundreds of species of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles can be found in Yellowstone National Park. Grizzly bears, wolves, and bison and elk live in the park and are often spotted.
The most famous of all the wonders in the park is the Old Faithful Geyser. Old Faithful is a geyser that shoots hot water into the air. Amazingly they are able to predict exactly when it is going to go off, down to the second. While Old Faithful is the most popular, there are plenty of other places within the National Park to see. I loved the color of some of the other hydrothermal system scattered around the park.
Above is a map I’ve ‘borrowed’ off the nps.gov website. As you can see the park is in a wonderful figure 8 shape. This means you can spend the day exploring without any back tracking. You can either complete the full figure 8 in a day, or if you want to take your time, just complete the top or bottom loop. There are so many wonderful things to see, all just a short walk from car parks located close to the road.
It’s definitely on the easier side when it comes to camping (you won’t be roughing it here). The campsites are set up really well, with all the amenities you could ask for. There are plenty of other campers around, so you will make friends in no time. There are no motels/hotels within the park itself, so if you want to stay in the confines of a building, you will need to leave the park. But don’t worry there are plenty just outside of the park. There are also areas within the park if you have a camper-van.