A man takes a photo of Excelsior Geyser Crater in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
11 July, 20192 minute read

Yellowstone National Park: an American wilderness

For most of us, the call of the wild is hard to ignore. The tranquil restoration that a trip to the countryside offers is undoubtedly the perfect antidote to the clutter of urban life. Arguably one of the best places on the planet for nature excursions, Yellowstone National Park is somewhere that we guarantee will leave you feeling nourished in both body and mind.

Where is Yellowstone National Park?

Yellowstone spans an area of nearly 4,000 square miles across the states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Pine forests make up the majority of the park, though Yellowstone is home to many different kinds of ecosystems, most famously its spectacular geothermal areas.

Established in 1872, Yellowstone is not only the oldest national park in the United States, it is the oldest in the world. Of course, the park’s story stretches back through millennia and Native American people have inhabited the landscape for thousands of years.

Yellowstone National Park's points of interest

Geothermal activity in Yellowstone has given rise to some of the most unforgettable natural sights in the world. Visitors are spoilt for choice, from the exciting spectacle of geysers, hot springs and waterfalls to the sky above the park at night, an unbroken panorama of stars.

Among the most famous landmarks is Old Faithful, a giant geyser that blasts water 130ft into the air around 20 times a day. Morning Glory Pool is another highlight, a multi-coloured hot spring named after the flower that it resembles. Yellowstone is also home to a miniature version of the Grand Canyon and some gorgeous lakes.

Morning Glory Pool in Yellowstone National Park of Wyoming, USA

Taking an escorted tour of Yellowstone

Taking an escorted tour of Yellowstone is an excellent way to get the most out of your trip. With an expert local guide by your side, you will be able to piece together the park’s history, spot the best wildlife – bears, wolves and herds of bison - and discover the best photo opportunities. Our tours usually allow at least one day for exploring the park with a guide.

Trips around America’s National Parks are always a popular travel package. Travel with Titan and you’ll be able to soak up the sights at a number of America’s national parks, from the bumpy forest trails of Bryce Canyon National Park to the arid splendour of the Grand Canyon.

When to visit Yellowstone?

There is no bad time to visit Yellowstone, as each season brings with it some incredible views and colours. That being said, it can be difficult to get around the park in winter with many roads closed due to snow. A spring trip gives travellers the chance to see young animals in the park, summer brings crowds and stunning weather, while autumn colours dazzle from August to October. It is important to note that the weather in Yellowstone can change quite quickly, even during the course of a day, so be sure to check the forecasts close to when you are travelling. Take layers of clothing and waterproof clothes with you.

Pasturing bison in front of a forest and mountain in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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Nicola considers herself very lucky to have had the opportunity to visit a number of places around the world and these experiences usually involve searching for as many kinds of wildlife as possible. Recent highlights include penguins in Antarctica, bears and whales in Canada and Alaska and sea otters in California - but there are always more animals to search for.

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