Expect heavy crowds, long lines, people that get into your every shot, and slow-moving traffic. But with all that said, also expect some of the most amazing scenery you will ever see.
There is a reason Yellowstone is the 6th most visited National Park and receives over 3 million visitors per year. The beauty of this park is bewildering and the park is extremely diverse offering so much to see from its geysers to its landscape and to the wildlife native to the area.
If you do come here, make sure you have at least three full days to explore the area. The park is huge and you just can’t see it all in one day, or two, or even three. But at least with three days you can see a descent part of it.
Most people that come to this park just explore the short boardwalk hikes to the geysers which is fine, but just expect these board walks to be over-crowded. One way to avoid a bit of this is to start early. When it comes to mid-day, that’s when the park is at its busiest.
Also expect the camping to be booked up. Make sure if you do want to stay in the park, to book way in advance. Driving in and out of the park every day wastes a lot of time and money.It takes forever to get anywhere!!! I would try to plan ahead and secure a camping spot for a few days. Even think about moving your campsite as well. I know its a pain taking down your campsite and setting it back up but the park is huge and there is a lot to see. Imagine exploring far from your campsite and then having to drive all the way back, where if you move your campsite to different parts of the park, you can travel all around Yellowstone and have your campsite not too far away.
That’s what I did and it was great. I spent three nights in the park and each of the three nights I spent somewhere else so I could keep exploring and not have to go back to the same campsite every night. My best piece of advice is to plan your trip to Yellowstone and to not wing it. This isn’t one of those wing it kind of moments. Trust me. You will be driving very far and very long and it could end up as a trip from hell.
Just a tip. One of my favorite places was behind old faithful. It wasn’t seeing old faithful, it was the hundreds of geysers to admire behind it. There is a boardwalk, and this boardwalk brings you to hundreds of them of all different shapes, sizes and colors. It really is magnificent to see! For a topographic map of Yellowstone click here.
There is a video on Yellowstone below!!!
Hope this article helps you on visiting this remarkable place!
If you are planning on going over to Teton National Park, you can read that article here!
Thank you for reading.