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Yellowstone National Park

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Yellowstone National Park

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Yellowstone National Park

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Welcome to Yellowstone National Park

A trip to Yellowstone has been a rich part of the American experience for five generations now. Though it's remote, we come, 3,000,000 strong year after year. When we arrive, we gasp at the incomparable combination of natural beauty, rugged wilderness, majestic peaks, and abundant wildlife. Indescribable geysers, mudpots, fumaroles, and hot springs make this magma-filled pressure cooker of a park unlike any place else on earth. If you're not here for the geysers, chances are that you've come to spot some of the teeming wildlife, from grazing bison to cruising trumpeter swans. - Copyright © 2014 by Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, LLC. All rights reserved. Explore

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Samantha's Pick Lamar Valley

The spot for serious wildlife watching, all of Yellowstone’s celebrities are here: elk, pronghorn, grizzlies, coyotes and wolves. No autographs, please.

Lamar Valley

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Samantha's Pick Howdy Hospitality

Stay in one of Yellowstone’s many nearby dude ranches to experience the true culture and cowboy camaraderie of the region.

Howdy Hospitality

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Get Cozy at the Old Faithfull Inn

An 85-foot stone fireplace will warm you up as you check into your room at this charming old hotel. Reservations go quickly, so make sure to get in early.

Get Cozy at the Old Faithfull Inn

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Feast Your Eyes on the Grand Prismatic Spring

There are many striking sights at Yellowstone National Park, but the Grand Prismatic Spring might be the most striking of them all. Check it out up close.

Feast Your Eyes on the Grand Prismatic Spring

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Welcome to West Yellowstone, Montana

In need of a slight return to civilization? This quaint little town has all the amenities you need. Find it near the West Gate of Yellowstone National Park.

Welcome to West Yellowstone, Montana

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Stare Up at Mammoth Hot Springs

While the name comes from their impressive size, these hot springs do kind of look like somewhere you’d find prehistoric remains. Remember to bring a camera!

Stare Up at Mammoth Hot Springs

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Smoke Out Firehole River

The geysers that erupt from Firehole River give the illusion of smoke billowing from its basins. Visit in the warmer months for canoeing, fly fishing, and more.

Smoke Out Firehole River

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Must Reads Before You Go

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See America's Top 10 Natural Wonders

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Enjoy breathtaking photos and descriptions of the most beautiful places in America, including Yellowstone Caldera and Death Valley.

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5 Things Not to Do in National Parks

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National parks and state parks are beautiful places to visit and go hiking. Maximize your fun by avoiding these common mistakes - like running out of gas or getting dehydrated.

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