Yellowstone National park is one of the most famous national parks in the country and even in the world. This year the park even is featured on a quarter. Yellowstone is big and it can be overwhelming to a family who has never been to the park before. This Yellowstone National Park Travel Guide though can help make your dream problem free and more enjoyable.
Yellowstone National Park is so big that it is located in three states. The park is located in Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. People visit the park for a variety of reasons. Some of the more popular things to see in Yellowstone include the animals and the environment.
One of the most famous of all sites in Yellowstone is Old Faithful. Old Faithful is in the Wyoming section of the park. Old Faithful is a large geyser that erupts every 45 minutes to hour and a half. When it does erupt it lasts from 1 to 5 minutes. The only problem with seeing Old Faithful is that kids easily will get bored waiting around for it to erupt. It is a good idea to bring along a portable game system or movie system and make sure that it is fully charged.
Yellowstone has other popular geothermal sites including Beehive Geyser which only erupts every 8 to 24 hours so you will not want to be sitting around waiting for it to erupt. The Grand Prismatic Spring is another popular site that you can get close to. The Sour Lake Geothermal Waters is another popular site. Mammoth Hot Springs is one of the most popular geothermal sites and kids will be more likely to enjoy Mammoth Hot Springs more then any other geothermal sites.
The park does not feature rides or other things that kids enjoy. The park does offer junior ranger programs and you can ask any ranger about them and they will be happy to let you know about the program. The junior ranger program is a great way to get kids interested in the park. Kids will be given activities to do while they see sites with their family. There are also planed activities during the week with rangers taking children and families on tours. Kids can even get badges for completed activities. This program is highly recommended if you have children.
Animals are a popular site to go looking for at Yellowstone. Kids will enjoy seeing the animals. You never know when you will encounter and animal on your trip. Often you can see animals from the road. Some of the animals that you might find include bears, wolves, elk, and bison to name only a few.
If you are big on outdoor activities then Yellowstone is the place for you. But you should beware that there are many rules about what activities can be done and where so you should find out ahead of time. Boating is very limited. Hunting is completely forbidden though other parks nearby do allow it at certain times. Fishing is allowed but it is catch and release and requires a permit. Camping outside of the traditional campsites also requires a permit.
Staying at Yellowstone can be either really expensive or very cheap. Entrance and camping sites are cheaper then staying at a hotel. Food in the park can be expensive to buy so you should bring your own. However if you want to spend a large amount of money you can stay in the famous Old Faithful Inn which has had many famous rich and powerful guests over the years.
Yellowstone is not the best place for young kids but if you take advantage of the junior ranger program then you should be able to keep young children busy. Older children may be better to take to the park. If you love the outdoors and follow this Yellowstone National Park travel guide you are sure to have a good time.