Yellowstone National Park, WY

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The first sign that you are early in the season for Yellowstone is the fact that there is still snow piled on the sides of the road. Some of it dots the green hills making it look like a complex golf course with

 
 
 This time of year there is no shortage of Bison and the resulting "Bison Jams" that sometimes hold up traffic for miles.

This time of year there is no shortage of Bison and the resulting "Bison Jams" that sometimes hold up traffic for miles.

Yellowstone is HUGE and requires a vehicle to get around. We are in the centrally located Fishing Bridge area where it often times takes up to 90 minutes to reach another area in the park.

Yellowstone is an active supervolcano which creates geysers, hot springs, and pools all over the park. 

 
 
 

There's tons of wildlife including bears, wolves, bison, elk, coyotes, birds, and a bunch more.

 So far we've seen black bears (this is actually a cinnamon black bear) and grizzly bears.

So far we've seen black bears (this is actually a cinnamon black bear) and grizzly bears.

 It's crazy how fast the elk's antlers grow. They fall off and regrow each year!

It's crazy how fast the elk's antlers grow. They fall off and regrow each year!

 
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Yellowstone Lake  has about 110 miles of shore line. It can actually get pretty rough. I was taking pictures from the roadside and a wave splashed into the truck and soaked everything. Lesson learned. 

The views here are EPIC. This was at the Mystic Falls Overlook.

Try navigation around this 360 degree image!

Some highlights

  1. Fishing Bridge Visitor Center: We might not recommend going too far out of your way to go to this center but if you're nearby the stuffed birds on display are actually really cool. They were taxidermied (if that's a word) nearly 90 years ago and are in amazing condition. It gives you an idea how many different birds are in the park as well as how large some of them are (check out the swans).

  2. Amphitheaters: There are a number of amphitheaters throughout the park. The Bridge Bay amphitheater was open while we were there. Each night there is a different presentation starting at 9:30pm. It's a nice way to learn about the park while sitting under the stars.

  3. Lake Yellowstone Hotel Dining Room: The hotel itself is gorgeous and sits right on the lake. This is likely the best restaurant in the park. It's a bit more upscale than the others and the menu includes fresh fish, elk, steak, and even vegetarian options. It's extremely dark at night with very little nearby artificial light. Viewing the stars over the lake is definitely worthwhile.

  4. Old Faithful Inn: A beautiful building both inside and out. We dare you to walk in, look up, and not be in awe.

  5. Geysers & Hot springs: Obviously Old Faithful. It's worth checking out but there's plenty more to see. You can avoid the crowds and see a pretty spectacular show put on by the Lonestar Geyser which is about a 5 mile round trip hike.

  6. Hikes: The Mystic Falls trail starts at Biscuit Basin which has beautiful pools and hot springs. It's a somewhat strenuous hike but not too long and has amazing panoramic views at the top and ends just past the Mystic Falls which are worth checking out. This hike is a bit less traveled than most in the park so you won't have to deal with too much foot traffic.