Located mostly in the northwestern corner of Wyoming and extending partially into Montana and Idaho, Yellowstone National Park is the oldest national park in the United States and features millions of years of geologic forces and centuries of human history. Home to mountains, grassy valleys, waterfalls and geysers, Extending 3,472 square miles, Yellowstone is larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined! Yellowstone’s size might seem overwhelming, but most of the park’s major features can be found along the main thoroughfare, Grand Loop Road. Here are five essential things to do in Yellowstone park for families:
How to Get to Yellowstone
- Drive about 50 miles north from Jackson Hole Airport in Wyoming.
- Drive about 90 miles south from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport in Montana.
- Drive about 340 miles northeast from Salt Lake City International Airport in Utah.
1. Old Faithful
The most popular of Yellowstone National Park sights, and perhaps the most famous, is the Old Faithful geyser. Its eruptions occur about every hour and a half, last one and a half to five minutes, and reach heights up to 184 feet. There are several scenic trails in the area as well as other geysers. If you’d like to experience the largest log structure in the world, you can stay in the historic Old Faithful Inn — because it’s the most popular hotel in the park, you should make your reservation as early as possible, up to a year in advance.