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Yellowstone National Park Vacation Ideas for Planning an Itinerary

Yellowstone: A land of untouched natural majesty. An immense landscape that most adventurers only ever dream of visiting. If Yellowstone National Park is number one on your bucket list, you’ve come to the right place. We’re taking you on a tour through the very best of this wonderful park with our Yellowstone travel guide video. Treat the video as the ultimate trip planner and let it inspire an extraordinary Yellowstone vacation ideas. Many travelers take the 5-hour road trip from Salt Lake City to Yellowstone. So, what are you waiting for? Jump into the driver’s seat, buckle up, and get ready to hit the open road.

Ideas of places to visit in Yellowstone

Here are some ideas of the best things to see in Yellowstone National Park. With so many natural wonders, you’ll have a jam-packed travel itinerary to get through. Don’t worry though. We’ve narrowed down the top 10 Yellowstone attractions to visit throughout your getaway. Each point of interest listed below is in order of appearance in the video, so you can plan your adventure accordingly.

Grand Prismatic Spring

(02:03 in the video) Aptly named, Grand Prismatic Spring is colored with vibrant bands of red, yellow, green and blue. The most photographed of all the points of interest in the park, this thermal wonder is well worth adding to your travel itinerary.

Old Faithful Basin Area in Yellowstone National Park

Old Faithful

(02:31 in the video) The most popular geyser in Yellowstone, Old Faithful ejects boiling water into the air every 60 to 90 minutes. Hang out in the gift shop and information center while you wait for the next eruption.

Yellowstone Lake

(03:16 in the video) The heart of the park, Yellowstone Lake is an epicenter of outdoor activities. With plenty of great campsites, hotels and restaurants, it’s the perfect spot to base yourself throughout your adventures in the park.

The greens of Hayden Valley in Yellowstone National Park

Hayden Valley

(04:01 in the video) Hayden Valley is a fabulous destination to see the native wildlife of Yellowstone. Many Yellowstone tours stop in this valley as it’s one of the main grazing areas of the largest remaining herd of wild bison on the planet.

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone in the USA

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

(04:17 in the video) One of the most impressive points of interest in the park, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is a must-visit. If you’re planning a trip to Yellowstone, this natural wonder should be number one on your bucket list.

Lamar Valley

(05:30 in the video) Another great destination for wildlife encounters, Lamar Valley is where you might see grazing animals like bison and elk, as well as carnivores such as wolves and grizzly bears.

Gardiner town in Yellowstone National Park


(05:58 in the video) A charming town to visit in between Yellowstone adventures, Gardiner is home to cozy accommodations, inviting restaurants and friendly locals who are sure to give you some great tips on things to do in the park. If you’ve been wondering where to stay, Gardiner is well worth considering.

Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Mammoth Hot Springs

(06:30 in the video) Step onto what seems like another planet at Mammoth Hot Springs. Steaming water from beneath the earth’s crust has been spouting here and creating otherworldly limestone formations for generations. The surrounding area is a great place to rest and resupply before continuing your journey.

Artists Paintpots in Yellowstone National Park, USA

Artists Paintpots

(06:53 in the video) Artists Paintpots is a group of more than 50 geothermal features. With hot pools, fumaroles, mud pots and geysers, this is one of the best places to see just how geothermally active Yellowstone is.

Steam rises from the Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park

Norris Geyser Basin

(07:07 in the video) Norris Geyser Basin is one of the most geothermally active areas in the park. Head out on one of the two trails and chat to the local rangers to find out more about this fascinating landscape.

Inspiration for traveling to Yellowstone

Like what you see? It’s hard not to in beautiful Yellowstone. But did you know that we also have some amazing still-form images of the park here. Expedia has a worldwide database of photos of other incredible destinations too. We love to scour the planet for the very best destinations to photograph and share with the rest of the world. Check out our online gallery, to get some travel inspiration for your next amazing getaway.

As well as still photography, we also have hundreds more vacation travel guide videos of the most captivating destinations from around the world. It’s time to get inspired – let the voyage begin before you even leave home.

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