Photo Courtesy of Shutterstock/Carmen de BruijnWonderful flyfishing spot, or trailhead for short/long day hike. Bison in Lamar ValleyLa meraviglia della Grand Prismatic SpringGrizzly mom with cubsGrand prismatic poolColori di yellowstoneYellowstone canyon

Families will love:

  • Outdoor adventures
  • Colorful Fountain Paint Pot Nature Trail
  • Family learning programs

Yellowstone, the United States' first national park, still reigns as one of America's most dramatic and often visited. The geyser Old Faithful, a potent reminder of the earth's geothermal forces, shoots steaming spray into the air with remarkable regularity. Yellowstone also has grazing bison herds, thick forests with bears and wolves and canyons laced with waterfalls. ... more
Yellowstone, the United States' first national park, still reigns as one of America's most dramatic and often visited. The geyser Old Faithful, a potent reminder of the earth's geothermal forces, shoots steaming spray into the air with remarkable regularity. Yellowstone also has grazing bison herds, thick forests with bears and wolves and canyons laced with waterfalls.

At 3,472 square miles, Yellowstone is big. Most of the park -- 96 percent -- rests within Wyoming, dipping into Montana and Idaho, as well. The Grand Loop Road stretches for 142 miles and cuts a "figure 8" through the park, leading to or near most major sites and destinations. These are divided into five geographically diverse areas: Geyser, Mammoth, Roosevelt, Canyon and Lake.

To experience the real Yellowstone, you must get out of your car and off the road. Even with young children, you can do small hikes, as well as enjoy special experiences such as cookouts and stagecoach rides. For additional adventures, go horseback riding, boating, fishing and hiking, or even try camping in Yellowstone National Park. In the winter, go snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Yellowstone, created in 1872 by President Ulysses S. Grant, looms large in America's imagination, both for what the park preserves and for what it recalls -- a time of unlimited potential and larger-than-life landscapes. Every American family should see Yellowstone. In summer, however, it seems as if they all do, creating slow drives and more cars than bison along some park roads.

Written by Candyce H. Stapen less

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