- By kevin
- On Apr 19, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
Planning your trip to Yellowstone now? You may book the Yellowstone tours from Salt Lake city on the Globerouter.com website with great deals. With so much unspoiled natural beauty, it's no wonder why everyone suspected John Colter (a scout for explorers Lewis and Clark) was embellishing when he first described Yellowstone's geothermal curiosities in 1807. Nowadays, there's no doubt that the park is indeed extraordinary.
Best Things to Do in Yellowstone?
The world's most renowned geyser is a must-see for every Yellowstone visitor. Although it isn't the largest geyser in the world, Old Faithful's eruptions are definitely awe-inspiring, averaging around 130 feet high. Like its name suggests, you can count on Old Faithful erupting approximately every hour and a half (the nearby visitors center can provide you with a more accurate schedule). There are several ways to see Old Faithful's power: You can join the hordes of tourists who gather around the perimeter or find a less hectic spot in the nearby Old Faithful Inn's dining room. More adventurous travelers can enjoy the mile-long hike out to Observation Point for a bird's-eye view of the Upper Geyser Basin.
Recent visitors enjoyed seeing Old Faithful, although some felt it wasn't as impressive as other Yellowstone geysers. Many, however, said this geyser is worth checking out. Despite it's fairly predictable schedule, Old Faithful's eruptions occasionally occur sooner than expected, so consider arriving early.
Old Faithful is located west of Yellowstone Lake (easily accessible from the West Entrance) by Highway 191. Surrounding Old Faithful are several hotels, dining areas and a visitors center. Keep in mind, most of Old Faithful's facilities generally open in May and close between September and November, so plan your trip accordingly.
Access to Old Faithful is included in park admission. You can also opt to see Old Faithful via a bus tour like those offered by Buffalo Bus Touring Company and Xanterra Parks & Resorts. Prices vary by company and tour but are generally less than $100 per person and do not include park entrance fees.
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Formed over thousands of years of erosion caused by wind, water and other natural forces, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is the primary attraction in the Canyon Village area and one of the park's most popular hiking spots. The canyon stretches approximately 20 miles long and nearly a mile wide. Just as remarkable as the canyon's terra-cotta hued cliff walls is its river, which is the longest undammed river in the country, meandering for more than 600 miles through Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota.
"Amazing," "beautiful" and "fascinating" are just a few adjectives recent visitors used to describe this natural wonder. Most praised its hiking trails (like Artist and Lookout points), but a few said to check the National Park Service's Canyon Area Construction Projects page before you arrive since several paths are either partly or completely closed for renovations. Another tip: Get to the canyon early or late in the day to avoid rubbing elbows with hordes of tourists.
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is located about 40 miles southeast of Yellowstone's North Entrance and roughly 15 miles northwest of Yellowstone Lake. The heart of Canyon Village, which features a visitors center, a lodge and several dining facilities, can be found approximately 1 mile northwest of the canyon's North Rim Trail. To get to the canyon, you can drive or sign up for a bus tour. Day tours offered by operators like Xanterra Parks & Resorts and Buffalo Bus Touring Company generally cost less than $100 per person. The canyon welcomes visitors when its roads are open from April 20 to Oct. 10.