With home base as Grand Teton National Park, we tackled Yellowstone National Park as a Day Trip. Old Faithful was an hour and a half drive from our Lodge. We arrived just after breakfast, caught the required famous geyser eruption (short volcano, unscientifically speaking), then had a cafeteria lunch in the Old Faithful Lodge.
From there we started the park loop for your other standard geothermal feature viewing opportunities. With more time we would have continued over the northern loop, through Madison and Mammoth Hot Springs. But with just a day we cut from Norris directly to Canyon Village.
Landscapes & Wildlife
The (Yellowstone) Grand Canyon was easy to reach for photo ops, and the viewing platform only left me 20% certain that we would plunge to our deaths. From that halfway point we continued on the loop to the Mud Volcano stop.
It was easy to see and photograph bison from our car (from the required, safe 25 yard distance away, of course) and we were fairly certain we spotted a grizzly bear in the distance. Our day trip ended with a stop at Yellowstone Lake and the Grant Village Visitor Center.
Let me help plan your trip to America’s National Parks
Acadia National Park in Maine
Shenandoah National Park in Virginia
Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming
National Seashore in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida
The “Historic Triangle” of Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestowne, Virginia
Washington DC National Parks & Monuments
Fort Frederica on St. Simons Island, Georgia
Chincoteague National Park in Virginia & Maryland
Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming