Yellowstone National Park is famous for being the first dedicated National Park in the world, and has since also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many visitors come to hike along the park's many trails, swim in the warm hot springs, view the natural geyser phenomenons, and observe local wildlife.
Relax in the hot water travertine springs that are terraced on the side of a hill in Yellowstone National Park.
One of the most popular attractions in Yellowstone, this famous geyser shoots hot water up from the ground at consistent intervals.
This hot spring in the Upper Geyser Basin is an artist's dream with its multi-colored pool.
This 10,000ft mountain was named after Henry D. Washburn, who led an expedition through the area in the 18th century.
Located to the south of the grand canyon of Yellowstone, this impressive waterfall is the perfect place to snap a scenic selfie.
The best time to visit Yellowstone National Park is May to September when the snow has melted and there is a greater opportunity for hiking, swimming, and viewing natural wildlife.
Yellowstone Airport (WYS) is located one mile north of West Yellowstone, Montana and is the closest airport to the National Park. There are regular domestic flights in the summer tourist season with connections from Salt Lake. Most travelers then transfer to private car to reach Yellowstone National Park.
There is currently no train leading to Yellowstone National Park. The closest Amtrak destination with bus transfers to West Yellowstone is Salt Lake City, Utah.
There are five entrances into Yellowstone National Park. From Wyoming, you can cross over in the north through Gardiner along Route 89; Silver Gate and Cooke City on US Route 212; or West Yellowstone along US Routes 20, 191, 287. Entrances into Yellowstone National Park from Cody can be found along Routes 14, 16, 20 and Grand Teton National Park through US Route 89, 191, 287.
The Salt Lake Express Shuttle will take you from Utah to West Yellowstone, Montana where you can transfer by private car to Yellowstone National Park. The trip takes 9.5 hours and costs $80 one way.
Old Faithful Inn is a historic lodge located within Yellowstone National Park with views of the Old Faithful geyser. Yellowstone Valley Inn is located 30 miles away, but features an outdoor seasonal pool and breakfast.
Bridge Bay - this area in the north is centered around Yellowstone Lake, with many boating, fishing, and thermal options available.
Madison - this area between Old Faithful and Norris Geyser Basin is home to such sites as Gibbon Falls, Artists Paintpots, and Firehole Falls.
Tower-Roosevelt - this region is perfect for observing local wildlife such as elk, bighorn, and buffalo.
There is no public transportation within the National Park, as most visitors travel by tour or private car. Xanterra Parks and Resorts offers adventure tours of different sections of the park for $1,200; the price includes food, lodging, transport, guided walks, and more.
Most visitors travel to Yellowstone by private vehicle. A park pass valid for one week costs $30. Vehicles can be rented from Avis or Budget in West Yellowstone, starting at $40 a day.
There are several general stores and park shops located in Bridge Bay, Lake Village, Grant Village, and West Yellowstone where you can buy hiking gear, food, and tourist items.
General stores in the Mammoth Hot Springs area and Canyon Village are the main grocery markets. A dozen eggs costs $5.
Grant Village Dining Room is open from May to September and serves tasty dishes such as bison top sirloin and wild Alaska salmon. A meal for two costs $50-60.