Undoubtedly, a place that is known and sometimes overlooked from along the West Coast is Yellowstone National Park. When you look at the map, you think, “Is it worth going so far to see it?” And of course, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”
It borders all the states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, Yellowstone National Park is on top of one of the largest volcanic caldera, sort of cauldron of a volcano. This makes its vast geothermal richness sprout in innumerable shapes, colors, and contrasts in its almost 9,000 square kilometers. Its lakes, canyons, and mountain ranges are home to hundreds of animal species of mammals, reptiles, birds, and fish (some nearly on the extinction list).
When to go?
The best time to visit Yellowstone is between April and early October since, in addition to the favorable weather, it is when you can find all the roads and routes open. At other times of the year, there are areas of the park that are closed to visitors.
How many days do I need?
The ideal way to make the most of your visit is to spend three days (if you have bad weather, and you decide to stay/ sleep in the park, it can be two). Remember this is a large area and to take it all in you need time.
What to see?
Depending on the days you have, there are things that you cannot stop seeing.
Here are some tips depending on how many days you have.
1- “I know that one day is not enough, but I can’t stay any longer»: Well, we understand you… these things are like that. Don’t leave without seeing the Grand Prismatic Spring, the Grand Canyon, and spending the rest of your time touring Old Faithful. You will leave with a great taste in your mouth.
2- “I have two days to see Yellowstone, is that enough?” : It’s not bad at all. Go one day to see Mammoth Hot Springs, the Norris Geyser Basin, and the Great Prismatic Spring. You can calmly see Old Faith, West Thumb overlooking Yellowstone Lake and the Grand Canyon for another day.
3- “You said to leave me three days … Now what?” : Well, if you have entered through the west door, the ideal is that the first day you start at the Norris Geyser Basin, Mammoth Hot Springs and reach the Lamar Valley where you can sleep. On the second day, you can see Tower Fall, the Grand Canyon, the Hayden Valley area, Yellowstone Lake, and get to sleep at West Thumb. On the third day, you can visit the West Thumb, Old Faithful, and the Grand Prismatic Spring.
Where to eat and stop for?
Yellowstone Park is well-prepared. On the map that they give you at the entrance, in addition to roads and points of interest, you have all the services available: bathrooms, restaurants similar.) Don’t expect a gourmet meal and remember if you have dietary restrictions then bring your snacks.