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Whether on your way there or traveling through the park, turn this playlist on for the perfect scenery-inspired soundtrack! Yellowstone offers a vast array of sites, landscapes, and sounds, so this playlist is a mix of lots of genres perfect for your trip!
STAYFind a Place
In the park or out of the park, this list features both! We've curated a master list of our best recommendations for each of our featured parks. Check it out!
PLAYFind a Trail
On top of the 900+ miles of hiking trails, this park covers more than 2.2 million acres and offers so many exciting ways to experience it. Here are some popular ways tourists and adventure seekers enjoy all the park has to offer!
Make lifelong memories while watching erupting geysers, roaming wildlife, and the artistry of thermophiles. With so much to explore and learn, however, there are some important considerations to help make this a successful visit.:
OLD FAITHFUL GEYSER: One of nearly 500 geysers in Yellowstone and one of six that park rangers currently predict. It is uncommon to be able to predict geyser eruptions with regularity and Old Faithful has lived up to its name, only lengthening the time between eruptions by about 30 minutes in the last 30 years.
MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS: Walk on boardwalks above the steaming hydrothermal features or take a drive around the vibrant travertine terraces.
FAIRY FALLS: Clocking in at 200 feet, these spectacular falls are hikable and the trailhead includes a side-hike to Grand Prismatic Overlook Trail for vistas of both the Grand Prismatic Spring and the Midway Geyser Basin!
NORRIS GEYSER BASIN: The basin consists of two areas: Porcelain Basin and the Back Basin. Porcelain Basin is barren of trees and provides a sensory experience in sound, color, and smell; a 3/4-mile (1.2-km) bare ground and boardwalk trail accesses this area. Back Basin is more heavily wooded with features scattered throughout the area.
LAMAR VALLEY:: An excellent place to view wildlife, Lamar Valley is one of the major summer grounds for bison and elk also attracts predators like wolves and grizzly bears.
Wondering where to grab a bite?
When most people think of Yellowstone National Park they immediately think of Old Faithful. If this attraction is on your list, try visiting the Old Faithful Lodge Cafeteria with a direct view of the eruptions while you eat! Looking for other options or more of a meal? Check out these recs:
WASHBURN LOOKOUT: Located in the Washburn Lodge, this is a perfect stop for a morning coffee and snack.
BEAR PAW DELI: On the go? Stop at this popular deli for a wide variety of quick snacks, sandwiches, salads, and even dessert!
THE CITY CREAMERY: If you are a fan of ice cream you are going to love this local favorite. Locally sourced and made daily!
CANYON EATERY: A customizable eating experience you are sure to love. Choose from Fresh Wok noodle bowls or Slow Food Fast; All made with local ingredients.
GRANT VILLAGE LAKE HOUSE: This hidden gem sits on the West Thumb of Yellowstone lake and is great place to start your day or even bring it to an end after a day of adventure.
WYLIE'S CANTEEN: Voted one of the best views thanks to its large windows overlooking Yellowstone Lake. Serving breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this is a great stop any time of the day!
A Bit Nicer
LAKE HOTEL DINING ROOM: The park’s shining crown jewel of a restaurant - reservations required!
BEAR PIT LOUNGE: Located in the Old Faithful Inn, this restaurant is adorned with etched glass panels inspired by the original Bear Pit Murals, and offers a pleasant locale for drinks, appetizers and fond recollections of the day.
How Much Do You Know?
Test your knowledge with our Yellowstone trivia! Ask your road trip companions to help pass the time in the car and learn together!