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When stories of Yellowstone first made their way back east in the 19th century, people didn’t believe them. The early visitors’ descriptions of impossibly deep canyons, enormous roaming herds of bison, and boiling water erupting from the ground were beyond the realm of belief. The rumors of this geological wonderland so captivated the public’s imagination that the United States government sent an expedition to verify the claims. It was all true. In 1872, Yellowstone became the world’s first national park.
Sprawling across 3,468 square miles, Yellowstone presents endless opportunities for adventure and exploration. In Geyser Country, you’ll see the park’s famous geothermal activity – the most active area in the world – on full display. While Old Faithful never fails to impress, don’t overlook the Yellowstone’s many other spectacular geothermal features like hot springs, fumaroles, and the gorgeous Artists’ Paint Pots. Also not to be missed is canoe and kayak-friendly Lake Country, home to giant, pristine Yellowstone Lake Head to the aptly named Inspiration Point for breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Yellowstone River. See and hear the thundering Yellowstone Falls. Look for roaming wildlife in the Lamar and Hayden Valleys, and be ready with a camera! You never know what you'll encounter in this magnificent wild space.
The most, the biggest, the best: Yellowstone National Park is a world reigned by superlatives. Your vacation here will be no exception.