No matter what time of year you visit, Yellowstone National Park is a bucket-list destination full of incredible sights and experiences. The summer months, however, bring comfortable temperatures, colorful landscapes and excursions not available in the winter, so it’s easy to see why many visitors plan their Yellowstone vacation during this time. Check out our list below and start planning your visit today!
Top 5 must-see attractions in Yellowstone National Park
Old Faithful. Old Faithful is one of the most iconic symbols of Yellowstone and is likely to be at the top of your itinerary. This world-renowned geyser erupts every hour and a half, so make sure you plan accordingly and get a good viewing spot. Eruptions typically clear between 130-180 feet, so have your camera ready!
Grand Prismatic Spring. The largest hot spring in the country, this colorful geothermic pool is roughly 250 by 300 feet in size and 160 feet deep. The gorgeous rainbow waters make this attraction particularly awe-inspiring. Coloration comes from pigmented thermophilic bacteria that thrive on the minerals present in the spring and generate a range of hues including reds, yellows, and oranges.
Yellowstone Lake. Not only is the lake the largest body of water in Yellowstone, it’s also the largest freshwater lake above 7,000 feet in the entire country. Once the lake unfreezes (typically in June), it’s a great place to go kayaking or boating and to see the park from a different perspective. Be on the lookout for wildlife – it’s a great spot to catch a glimpse of a bald eagle, bison or bear!
The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. This stunning canyon is a popular hiking area that was formed over thousands of years of erosion. The canyon stretches over 20 miles long and is roughly a half a mile wide, with red-orange canyon walls that are a sight to behold. Lace up your hiking boots and set out for a day of exploration.
Hayden Valley. This beautiful valley is a known gathering place for wildlife including elk, bison, several bird species, coyotes, and the occasional grizzly bear. You can stay in your vehicle and view from afar, but it’s best to get out a walk for the best perspective. Hikers can enjoy two trails, Hayden Valley and Mary Mountain, which will take you along Yellowstone River and geothermic features.
Looking for great Yellowstone Lodging? Mountain Modern Motel is the perfect basecamp for your Yellowstone vacation – only 90 minutes from the south entrance to the park and situated in the heart of the town of Jackson, WY.
Book the Must See Must Do Package which includes a 7-day pass to Yellowstone National Park (and Grand Teton National Park as well).
For more on Yellowstone National Park, visit the National Parks Service website.