10 Best Things to Do in Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming)

Yellowstone National Park allows visitors to enjoy the unique hydrothermal and geologic wonders, majestic peaks, and abundant wildlife. Its two million acres are home to lakes, lush green forests, canyons, rivers, geysers, thundering waterfalls, and mountain ranges.

Additionally, it provides many recreational opportunities, such as hiking, boating, fishing, camping, and sightseeing. Visitors can enjoy this park year-round. If you plan the tour to this Yellowstone national park, then this is the list of top ten things that we cannot afford to miss at all.

10 Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Centre

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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, Montana.

Here we find live grizzlies and wolves in naturalistic habitats. This not-for-profit wildlife park and the educational facility provide a detailed history of these animals in the Yellowstone area in a more controlled environment.

Every animal at this Discovery Center cannot survive in the wild because they had become more aggressive or familiar with the public. Lewis S. Robinson started the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in 1993.

The  Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited this Center. This Center is the ultimate place for us to learn some conservational tactics. Additionally, it provides some activities such as the Keeper Kids program for children to entertain them.

9 Mount Washburn

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Mt Washburn trail covered in snow in Yellowstone National Park, USA.

Mount Washburn is one of the Yellowstone National Park’s most famous day hikes. We can find a panoramic view of the entire park from its top. Additionally, its summit is at an elevation of impressive 10,243 feet.

The two ways, Dunraven Pass and Chittenden Road approach its summit from opposite sides of the mountain. Therefore, visitors can get unique views from each trail. Visitors can experience small patches of snow around the path during the summer.

We can see beautiful wildflowers here because of its sub-alpine climate. The wildflowers are pink monkeyflowers, yellow violets, red paintbrushes, blue lupines, yellow balsamroots, and violet shooting stars. Wildlife is also in abundance here.

8 Yellowstone Lake

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American Bison at Yellowstone Lake in the Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA.

Our trip is undoubtedly incomplete if we have not witnessed Yellowstone Lake’s beauty in this park. Yellowstone Lake is a popular destination for adventurous boaters and anglers.

Visitors will indeed love this largest freshwater lake in North America, which lies at over 7000 feet above sea level. It freezes over entirely in early December. The Yellowstone lake thaws in late May or early June.

We can see many animals like bison and grizzly bears that trek to the shallow areas of the lake’s southern shores during the winter. It is also the best spot for those people who like to encounter wildlife habitats, including grizzly bears and bald eagles.

7 Hayden Valley

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Bison were crossing the Yellowstone River at Hayden Valley in Yellowstone National Park.

Hayden Valley is also the most popular place to see Yellowstone’s fascinating wildlife. This lush valley north of Yellowstone Lake attracts many tourists. Bison, elk, coyotes, and grizzly bears frequently visited this place.

We can see most of the Wild bison roaming freely around its vast plains. While hikers are exploring, be sure to check out the area’s two trails, such as the Hayden Valley Trail and the Mary Mountain Trail.

This valley is also well known for its scenery. The National Park Service advises the visitors to stay 100 yards away from wolves and bears and near 25 yards away from other animals.

6 Norris Geyser Basin

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Steaming opaque thermal pools at Norris Geyser Basin. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA.

The hottest Norris Geyser Basin is the most changeable and oldest thermal area in Yellowstone National Park. It also consists of the world’s tallest active geyser, Steamboat Geyser, and Norris’s only predicted rare acid geyser, Echinus.

The Norris Geyser Basin consists of two areas, Back Basin and Porcelain Basin. Back Basin has geysers and hot springs tucked among the trees. Lack of vegetation characterized this Porcelain Basin.

The best way to get its features’ excellent vantage point is to hit one of the boardwalks circling through this area. Back Basin consists of Emerald Springs, Green Dragon Spring, Puff’ N Stuff Geyser, and Porkchop Geyser.

5 Mammoth Hot Springs

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Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park, USA.

Mammoth Hot Springs is the other most unique, although slightly less colorful, thermal spring in Yellowstone National Park. It is better known for its beautiful travertine terraces and constantly changing hot springs.

The scalding water is bubbling up from the ground. After cooling, it deposits calcium carbonate in the surrounding limestone creating Mammoth Hot Springs’ travertine formations.

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It has two terrace boardwalks such as upper and lower, and boardwalks to the spring. All trails provide different views and vantage points. Some of its memorable spots are multihued Minerva Terrace, Liberty Cap, Palette Spring, and Canary Spring.

4 Lamar Valley

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American Bison in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park, USA.

Lamar Valley is the best spot to view Yellowstone’s wildlife. What can you see in Lamar Valley? You can find wolves, coyotes, bison, grizzly bears, pronghorns, bald eagles, and elk if you are lucky.

The best times to view wildlife like bears and wolves are in the early mornings and just around sunset. If we make a trip here, we can also experience with most stunning landscapes.

This legendary valley is like being on an African Safari. Therefore people also referred to it as America’s Serengeti. View of this safari experience will vary during different times of the year.

3 Grand Prismatic Spring

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Aerial view of Grand Prismatic Spring in Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA.

Grand Prismatic Spring is the US’s largest hot spring that lies in the Midway Geyser Basin. Without a doubt, a trip to this Yellowstone’s most colorful, vibrant hot spring is one of the best things to do in this park.

Its vibrant colors are the result of pigmented thermophilic bacteria along the edges of the hot spring. It also displays rainbow colors starting from the Center is in deep blue to orange, yellow, and green tints along the edges.

Visitors can experience it in two ways; the ground-level boardwalk trail is the Midway Geyser Basin, or above at the Grand Prismatic Overlook for its bird’s-eye view. The hues in this spring are deepening in the summer and fading in the winter.

2 Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

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Artist Point in Grand Canyon Of Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, USA.

A massive erosion formed this Grand Canyon, and that’s still going on today. Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon’s rusting rock walls created red, yellow, white, and pink hues. Additionally, the hydrothermal action on soil’s iron compounds is the reason for that.

Visitors can enjoy numerous overlooks and hiking trails along both rims of this 24 miles long canyon. Artist Point is the prominent spot that most people visit in this Yellowstone Canyon, where we can take the iconic photograph of Lower Falls.

It not as big as Grand Canyon in Arizona, but its thundering waterfalls and colorful walls offer stunning views and endless photo opportunities.

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1 Old Faithful

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An eruption of Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA.

Most people can’t go to Yellowstone National Park without going to visit Old Faithful, can you? Old Faithful is the world’s most famous renowned geyser. Additionally, it erupts approximately every hour and thirty minutes.

Its awe-inspiring eruptions sometimes vary in height from 100-180 feet with an average of around 130-140 feet. The discharge lasts one-and-a-half minutes to five minutes. Moreover, visitors can enjoy the eruption view from the boardwalk surrounding the geyser.

We can also hike to the Observation Point that provides a bird’s eye view of Old Faithful. Although it isn’t the world’s largest geyser, it does erupt more frequently than other gigantic geysers in the park.