Best Road Trip Destinations: Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468 square miles and includes parts of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. With a wide range of terrain, views, hiking, geothermal attractions, and camping, Yellowstone has earned a spot on our list of best road trip destinations.
What You’ll See
Yellowstone is comprised of lakes, canyons, rivers, and mountain ranges. If you keep your eyes peeled, you’ll see some of the hundreds of species of mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles – including several that are either endangered or threatened. It’s not uncommon for visitors to see grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of bison and elk. You’ll see paved roads throughout the park which provide close access to the major geothermal attractions, lakes, and waterfalls. If you visit in the winter, you can choose to access the park via guided tours that use snow coaches and snowmobiles.
Where to Stop
One of the most iconic (and predictable) geothermal features on Earth is the Old Faithful Geyser, which erupts about every 91 minutes. You’ll also want to check out Yellowstone Lake, which is one of the highest-altitude lakes in North America and is located in the center of the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest super volcano on the continent. The park’s many geothermal features (such as the hot springs and geysers) are fueled by the Caldera’s ongoing volcanic activity.
Native Americans first inhibited the Yellowstone region, and have been in the area for at least 11,000 years. Because in the course of the Lewis and Clark expedition, the explorers bypassed the Yellowstone region, organized exploration of the area didn’t begin until the late 1860s. In 1918, the park was officially turned over to the National Park Service. One of the best road trip destinations: Yellowstone offers fishing, hiking, rock climbing, camping and so much more.