5. Yellowstone National Park

What is Yellowstone National Park?

It's a 9000 square km park that contains half of the world's geysers, mudpots, and other geological features that stink a bit but are worth it. It's also home to mountains, lakes, and a grand canyon of its own, as well as bears, bison, elk, wolves and other animals. 

What is Yellowstone National Park like?

In places, Yellowstone is like being on another planet. Steam and gases pour out of openings in the earth (called fumaroles) from the volcano that lies underneath the park. Mudpots just bubble away. It's a completely unique and incredible place. 

Where is Yellowstone National Park?

Wyoming, Idaho, Montana USA 

When did we go?

September 2012 

How did we get there? 

We flew to Seattle, where we also visited Pike Place Market (343), then drove down towards Denver staying in various towns along the way. We stayed just outside Yellowstone for three nights. 

Worth noting: 

Old Faithful is the geyser that you're most likely to see erupt - it does its thing every 44-125 minutes. 

What was Yellowstone's place in the 2015 edition of the Lonely Planet Ultimate Travel List?

61. It moved up 56 places in the latest edition

Does Yellowstone deserve its higher place on the 2020 Lonely Planet Ultimate Travel List?


 Yellowstone entrance gate