Monday, June 22, 2009

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho

Yellowstone National Park was the first of its kind (and is a World Heritage Site, 1978), known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features. Yellowstone, for those who don’t realize it, is one of the largest caldera in the continent! Well, not to worry, it hasn’t blown up yet (the last big one was 2 million years ago), and if it does, we may not be alive to talk about it. :p

Image: Grand Prismatic Spring, Wikipedia.

It is located in 3 states – mainly in Wyoming, and extends into Montana and Idaho, and is the home to large variety of wildlife including the Bison, the Wolves (reintroduced in 1990), Grizzly Bears and Elk. It is well known for its Geysers - namely the Old Faithful, hot springs and its own Grand Canyon.

What to do while you’re there?
Driving, Hiking, Bicyling, Boating, Camping, Fishing, Horseback Riding are among the many activities. More importantly, viewing the natural points of interest is a must-do, at the park. Keep your eyes open for Wildlife Viewing.

Honestly, we hardly saw any grizzlys. To do that you’d have to go hiking or camping. But, be safe than sorry, as you will be in Bear Country, and while you think the cubs are cute, then beware of the ever protective Mama bear, that will be very close by. Bison and Elk are pretty common, but remember they’re wild, so if you’ve got your cameras, start snapping, but only from a safe distance.

Image: A reintroduced gray wolf in Yellowstone National Park, Wikipedia.

Where to Stay?
You can stay within the park itself at its many lodges and camping grounds, or stay at the motels just outside of the park. This is because the park is HUGE, and requires at least a week to cover the major points. Just remember that there is an entrance fee for private non-commercial vehichles, but you can buy a 7-day entrance permit to both the Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks.

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