Nature February 25, 2020
Yellowstone National Park In Wyoming Was Named One Of The 50 Most Beautiful Places In The World
Recently, US News and Travel published a list of the
50 Most Beautiful Places In The World. While the planet is full of remarkable cities, islands, beaches, and mountains, it’s no surprise that our very own home state made the list. If you’ve visited Yellowstone National Park, you know just how enchanting and breathtaking America’s oldest National Park can be.
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There are few sights more iconic than the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, and yet it is just a small piece of what makes Yellowstone National Park such a natural wonder.
Along with the famous Upper and Lower Falls, there are dozens of roaring cascades that show off the power of water through the country's very first National Park.
Gibbons Falls, shown below, is one of many waterfalls that you can see from a roadside turnout, or within a short hike from a parking lot.
Other falls are tucked away farther into the park and require a sense of direction to discover.
Yellowstone National Park sits on a caldera - an underground volcano - that's alive with seismic and thermal activity.
Nearly everywhere you travel within the park, you'll be close to thermal springs, hot pots, and hot spring pools. Half of the world's hydrothermal features are here in Yellowstone National Park!
These steaming and bubbling springs and pools may look inviting, but over the years many people have perished due to the extreme temperatures lurking in the water and beneath the surface.
Most of the thermal features, like the famous Grand Prismatic Spring, can be enjoyed closely thanks to carefully built boardwalks.
Grand Prismatic is a bucket-list worthy destination for any American traveler.
No visit to Yellowstone would be complete without spotting a few geysers.
These unique natural wonders are scattered throughout the park, and some of them erupt on a fairly regular schedule. Check with the rangers to find one to watch, or take your chances in the geyser basins.
Of course, the most famous of the geysers is Old Faithful! Stop by to tour the historic Old Faithful Inn before getting a seat to watch the impressive eruption.
There's more to see in the park than just natural features and thermal oddities. The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is one of the most diverse on the planet. You'll be able to spot bison, wolves, bears, elk, moose and so much more.
No matter how you spend your time in Yellowstone National Park, you'll be surrounded by some of the most enchanting natural wonders on Earth.
From roaring rivers to cascading waterfalls to meadows and mountains full of wildlife, it's easy to see why Yellowstone was named one of the 50 most beautiful places in the world.
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