"Yellowstone: Hot springs and shifting landscapes" Yellowstone National Park by toonsarah
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We spent just three days here - long enough to get a good impression, cover both loop roads and see nearly all of the main features. Not long enough though for everything, by some way! If you want to do any major hikes, wait patiently by the less predictable geysers for signs of activity, follow every side road and participate in the numerous ranger-led talks and walks you will need far longer. On the other hand if your time is limited you could see Old Faithful and a few other highlights in a day ...
... it's your choice!
My personal highlights from a long list were:
- the sense of a planet in constant motion, forever reinventing itself for my pleasure
- Fountain Geyser erupting all over me!
- the amazing colours of some of the pools and springs
- my first bison, wandering across a path in front of me on Geyser Hill near Old Faithful
- spotting a young grizzly by the side of the road
- Yellowstone Lake in the early morning
- the wolves at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center
So whether your interest is in geology or wildlife or simply great scenery, there is something for you here.
And similarly, there are great places to stay to suit most budgets. We splashed out for a couple of nights at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel, and loved it, and also had a night at the more modest Old Faithful Snow Lodge, but you can also camp in a number of places around the park.
- Pros:So much to see ...
- Cons:... so little time
- In a nutshell:Should be one of the must-see experiences on any traveller's list
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