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- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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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. Visit the National Park Service's Old Faithful Area page for more information.
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