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7 Ways to Explore Yellowstone National Park USA

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Peter Ellis


Yellowstone National Park

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With 2 million acres of wilderness to explore Yellowstone has so much to offer. Here we suggest some unusual ways of seeing this iconic Park – we have the following 7 suggestions:

1. Drive around the Grand Loop
While the roadless areas of Yellowstone are incredibly vast, nearly all of the park’s most famous natural wonders are close to the path of the Grand Loop, the 140-mile, figure-eight-shaped main road. Make lodging or camping plans ahead of time and plan to spend at least a week or longer traveling the route, which will allow you plenty of time to explore all the park has to offer, including Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Falls, Yellowstone Lake, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and many other places along the way.

2. Pick a trail for a day hike
Venturing away from the roads for a hike into the serenity of the park — whether it’s one mile or 10 — is a great way to experience Yellowstone’s peaceful grandeur. The National Park Service has great maps that include descriptions and difficulty level, as well as safety tips organized by location.

3. Explore the backcountry on an overnight excursion
There are few areas of wilderness as expansive and beautiful as Yellowstone, and a backcountry adventure here promises to be unforgettable. One thing to remember is that camping in the backcountry requires a permit, and campsites can be reserved in advance. Find a Yellowstone backcountry trip planner and start organising your trips.

4. Go on a guided horseback ride
Whether you’re an equestrian or a family looking for a unique way to explore the park, plan to go on horseback (it’s a great option for those who can’t hike far). One and two hour guided rides are offered at Mammoth, Tower-Roosevelt and Canyon. At Roosevelt Corral, visitors can take a horseback or wagon ride to a cookout site for a steak dinner.

5. Take a guided fishing trip
For more than a century, the prospect of world-class fishing — especially for prized native cutthroat trout — has attracted visitors to Yellowstone. While fly fishing in rivers is popular, you can also take a guided tour on a boat.

6. Climb aboard a historic yellow bus
2007 marked the return of Yellowstone’s historic yellow buses, originally used in the first half of the 20th century to take passengers on scenic drives throughout the park. Now, Xanterra Parks & Resorts offers full-day, partial-day and evening tours aboard their refurbished, retro buses.

7. Cruise around Yellowstone Lake
One of the largest high-altitude lakes in the country, Yellowstone Lake is surrounded by 110 miles of picturesque shoreline. Get started on your boating adventure at Bay Bridge Marina, which rents rowboats and motorboats on a first-come, first-served basis. Guided scenic cruises also leave from there regularly in the summer.

Yellowstone National Park

Courtesy of Peter Ellis

To get started on your Yellowstone adventure, please give us a call on 01323 446550  or email  info@experienceholidays.co.uk


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