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Best Things To Do in Yellowstone

Yellowstone is known for its red-tinged canyon walls and awe-inspiring natural wonders, like Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs, but you can't miss exploring some of the park's less frequented hiking trails and basins for striking views of the park's waterfalls, forests and alpine lakes. The park's attractions encompass everything from horseback riding in the backcountry to fishing at the lake, so plan to hit the sites that cater to your interests. Venture to Yellowstone Lake for a boating expedition and excellent wildlife-watching opportunities or head north to marvel at thermal attractions within the Mammoth Village area. And whatever you do, make some time to soak in the scenery as the sun rises in the morning or drifts down in the evening — both ideal times for spotting the park's magnificent array of wildlife, which includes osprey, moose and grizzly bears.

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How We Rank Things to Do
#1
Old Faithful Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: The world's most renowned geyser is a must-see for every Yellowstone visitor. Although it isn't the largest geyser ... read more»

#2
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: Formed over thousands of years of erosion caused by wind, water and other natural forces, the Grand Canyon of the ... read more»

#3
Yellowstone Lake Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Sitting in the heart of Yellowstone National Park is Yellowstone Lake, the park's largest body of water and the ... read more»

#4
Grand Prismatic Spring Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: If you're looking for a bit of artistic inspiration, you'll find it at the Grand Prismatic Spring. Sitting ... read more»

#5
Hayden Valley Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: One of the main reasons to visit Yellowstone is to catch a glimpse of the park's fascinating wildlife, and ... read more»

#6
Mammoth Hot Springs Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Sitting just southwest of the North Entrance in Mammoth Country, the Mammoth Hot Springs are one of the park's ... read more»

#7
Mount Washburn Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Located around 20 miles north of Yellowstone Lake, Mount Washburn is one of the most prominent peaks in the Washburn ... read more»

#8
Lower Geyser Basin Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: North of Old Faithful and southwest of the Norris Geyser Basin is the Lower Geyser Basin. What sets this roughly ... read more»

#9
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

Why go: Those who want to learn about Yellowstone wildlife in a more controlled environment should take a break from the park ... read more»

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