Yellowstone National Park

#39 - Jackson Hole, USA
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There's plenty to see and be enamored of at the Yellowstone National Park. Over 3,000 sq. miles of nature that span across three states, mostly Wyoming, and is home to plenty of wildlife and geothermal features. You might have heard of Old Faithful Geyser, but that's not the only reason this park made our #39 AbsoluteVisit. It's the first national park in the world and used to be the living grounds for Native Americans. Get lost in its natural beauty, but find your way back home to tell us all about it.
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Trout Lake, Yellowstone National Park
#1 Yellowstone NP Photo - Mike Rubenstein
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Yellowstone Bison
#2 Yellowstone NP Photo - Mike Rubenstein
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Why do they call it Yellowstone?
#3 Yellowstone NP Photo - Brad Harbach
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Lamar Valley, Yellowstone NP
#4 Yellowstone NP Photo - Mike Rubenstein
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Sulfuric Pond
#5 Yellowstone NP Photo - Brad Harbach
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Lower Falls Lookout
#6 Yellowstone NP Photo - Brad Harbach
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Thermal Mud
#7 Yellowstone NP Photo - Brad Harbach
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Yellowstone Falls, Yellowstone NP
#8 Yellowstone NP Photo - Mike Rubenstein
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Old Faithful Erupts
#9 Yellowstone NP Photo - Brad Harbach
 
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Yellowstone is the best national park on the planet for us because of the incredible amount of diversity that is found within it's several hundred-mile long invisible park walls. Spend a quick day in the park and you will see boiling water shooting hundreds of feet into the air out of geysers mouths, waterfalls falling hundreds of feet into sharply cut yellow canyons, the highest altitude lake in North America, over half of the thermal features that exist on our planet (yes, read that again) and of course hundreds of different specials of animals including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, elk and a countless number of different birds.

Yellowstone is not made up of a single attraction that you look at for 15 minutes and then move on. The park is absolutely massive and you could spend over a week exploring the diverse landscapes and park features and you would not run out of sights that continue to amaze you. Yellowstone is packed from end to end with natural wonders that you have never seen anywhere else before in your life.

Yellowstone is truly the crown jewel of our large American land and something every American should be proud to show off to the world!
 

Quick Facts & History

  • It is hard to say exactly which state Yellowstone National Park is located in because it is actually in three different states, Wyoming (96%), Montana (3%) and Idaho (1%). This speaks for its large size, stretching across 2.2 million acres and almost 3,500 square miles (5,632 km).
  • Yellowstone National Park was the first national park ever established in 1872 by President Grant.
  • There are approximately 300 active geysers and around 10,000 thermal features within the park. Much of this results from the difference in the Earths crust beneath the park; typically 25-30 miles deep, the Earths crust beneath Yellowstone is only 2-3 miles deep, which, when combined with the large amounts of water available in the park creates hydothermal features such as geysers, hot springs, and more.
  • Yellowstone also experiences approximately 2000 earthquakes every year. The park is actually an active super volcano, one of only 30 in the entire world and the only one located on land.
  • Yellowstone is extremely accessible, with 5 entrances, 466 miles of roads, 950 miles of backcountry trails, and 287 backcountry campgrounds.
  • There are over 40 major waterfalls in Yellowstone, resulting from the 12 major rivers that originate in the area.
 

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Trout Lake, Yellowstone National ...
Ranked #1 by Mike Rubenstein
Yellowstone Bison
Ranked #2 by Mike Rubenstein
Why do they call it Yellowstone?
Ranked #3 by Brad Harbach
 
Lamar Valley, Yellowstone NP
Ranked #4 by Mike Rubenstein
Sulfuric Pond
Ranked #5 by Brad Harbach
Lower Falls Lookout
Ranked #6 by Brad Harbach
 
Thermal Mud
Ranked #7 by Brad Harbach
Yellowstone Falls, Yellowstone NP
Ranked #8 by Mike Rubenstein
Old Faithful Erupts
Ranked #9 by Brad Harbach
 
 

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