National parks represent one of the places tourists go for most frequently. If you’re among them, then you shouldn’t skip Yellowstone National Park. Covering 9,000 km2 , the park is 96% located in Wyoming, 3% in Montana and 1% in Idaho being the largest park in the U.S. and one of the largest in the world. It is well-known for its biodiversity that includes elks, grizzly bears, bison and wolves, endangered and rare species as well as for the geothermal features. It takes it name from the Yellowstone river which is the most important river in the park.
Yellowstone National Park comprises several types of ecosystems, hot springs, lava formations, mudpots and fumaroles and two thirds of all the geysers in the world. You’ll also get to see rivers, lakes, canyons and mountains as well as the Yellowstone Caldera which is the largest supervolcano in the world.
This national park includes the largest intact ecosystem in the northern temperate zone, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This one comprises vast areas of wilderness, national forests and the Grand Teton National Park.
Once you get there, you’ll be fascinated with the wide range of exotic plants. There are around 170 species of them, more than 1,700 species of trees and 8 conifer species among which there’s the Whitebark Pine, the Rocky Mountain Douglas-fir, the Subalpine Fir and the Engelmann Spruce. If you plan to visit Yellowstone National Park between May and September, then you will have the opportunity to see many flowering plants in bloom. Nature shows it best then.
Then there’s the rich wildlife that has to offer so many things to tourists. Once you get there, you will have the opportunity to see around 60 species of mammals. Among these, there are the grizzly bears, the lynx, the gray wolf, the mule deer, the elk, the bison, the bighorn sheep, the white-tailed deer, the moose and the mountain lion.
There are also 311 species of birds including the trumpeter swan, osprey, the common loon, the peregrine falcon and the harlequin duck.
There are several activities tourists can go for when visiting Yellowstone. For instance, you can rent a bicycle and enjoy the beauty of the landscape. Hunting is only allowed in national forests during the open season. If you’re into fishing a lot, then you should know that you need a Yellowstone fishing license to enjoy this kind of activity. You can also go boating on the Lewis River but you should get more information about the restrictions regarding this activity.
There are 9 visitor centers and museums you can visit. You have to see the Old Faithful Inn too. This one offers a great view of the Old Faithful Geyser. There are several campgrounds for those interested in camping.
If it sounds like a good deal, then all you have to do is to make the necessary reservations and start packing.