Yellowstone National Park welcomes millions of visitors from around the world every single year. In 2021 alone, nearly five million visitors explored this remarkable park that is found in three states and encompasses 3,472 square miles (making this national park larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined!). While many visitors head to popular natural features like Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin during their visit, I like to venture on the road less traveled. I have made yearly trips to Yellowstone for nearly 20 years and recently took my family on a two-day road trip through the park. We stopped at many of the least-visited areas of Yellowstone National Park and even spent the night in one of our favorite locations inside the park.

If you want to avoid the crowds, yet see many hidden gems tucked away inside the first national park in the world, here’s your ultimate itinerary.

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Yellowstone National Park

Can you drive through Yellowstone National Park?

Yes! In fact, there are many roads throughout the park, allowing you to easily get from one natural wonder to another. Keep in mind, however, that many of these roads are closed during the winter months, and driving around the entire national park in a vehicle is impossible. You will want to visit the National Park Service website before any visit for the most up-to-date information about current road closures.

What are some must-visit wonders at Yellowstone National Park?

I have visited Yellowstone National Park dozens of times throughout my life and have seen many of the natural wonders in the park. While I would recommend every natural wonder I’ve seen, there are some that you definitely don’t want to miss. Some of the must-visit natural wonders in Yellowstone include:

  • Old Faithful
  • Midway Geyser Basin
  • Grand Prismatic Spring
  • Hayden Valley
  • Yellowstone Lake
  • Norris Geyser Basin
  • Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

 

What are some other outdoor destinations in Wyoming I should check out?

Of course, Wyoming’s national parks should be at the top of anyone’s bucket list, but if you are searching for even more destinations in the Cowboy State to add to your bucket list, I strongly recommend the following destinations: