Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

On March 1, 1872, Yellowstone¬†was established as the nation’s first national park, encompassing more than 2.2 million acres of wildlife, wilderness, and wondrous scenery. It is well known that Yellowstone contains an “embarrassment” of riches. This vast wilderness contains more than 10,000 hot springs, mud pots, hot pots, fumaroles, and other geothermal phenomena, including Old Faithful Geyser. Other treasures include waterfalls, wildlife, fossil forests, Yellowstone’s 1,500-foot deep Grand Canyon, Hayden Valley, Lower Falls, and Yellowstone Lake, the largest mountain lake in North America.

There are man-made wonders as well: numerous park lodges, museums, a road system designed to show off many of the wonders, and the historic Old Faithful Inn. The awe-inspiring Old Faithful Inn was built in 1903 – 1904 and designated a National 263Historic Landmark in 1987. This log hotel, with gabled roof, gnarled logs, and seven-story interior log lobby stands adjacent to the world’s best-known geyser, Old Faithful. Designed by Robert Reamer, the rustic grandeur of the Inn was a first for the National Park Service. The Inn continues as an active hotel with accommodations of varying price levels. Even if you aren’t a guest of the Inn, it definitely deserves a visit.

And that’s just for starters. Summon up your reserve energy, because the park offers unbounded, year-round recreational opportunities.


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