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May 2011

A World Away in

Yellowstone

Visiting Yellowstone National Park is like visiting another planet, where boiling water shoots into the sky, mud bubbles like a witches' brew and nature builds intricate fountains from travertine springs. Or maybe it's just like visiting the same planet, a hundred years ago, with abundant wildlife, untouched meadows and meandering streams.
Nature's Showcase
Yellowstone National Park knows how to put on a show, from the spewing geysers of Norris Geyser Basin, to the natural terraced fountains of Mammoth Hot Springs, to the deep hues of Morning Glory Pool. The draws here are literally huge (like the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, massive Yellowstone Lake and towering Mount Washburn) but most visitors find quiet glimpses of wildlife in the Lamar Valley and gurgling Fountain Paint Pots just as enticing.
WATCH THE YELLOWSTONE VIDEO SERIES
DID YOU KNOW? President Teddy Roosevelt laid the cornerstone for the Park's grandest entrance in 1903 in Gardiner, MT. SEE YELLOWSTONE Take a virtual tour of Yellowstone National Park.
Beyond Boots
Yellowstone boasts hikes from half-mile strolls to full-on backcountry adventures, but that's not the only way to take in the Park. Take a guided wildlife tour or marvel at the view while casting your line in a sparkling stream. The Park hosts boat tours of Yellowstone Lake and several nearby outfitters will guide you in on horseback. While you're in the area, head to Gardiner to catch a whitewater ride on the Yellowstone River or to Big Sky for a zipline ride.
PLAN A TRIP TO YELLOWSTONE
Staying Here is Half the Fun
There's no shortage of sleep options in and around the Park, from your own cozy tent to cute B&B's to upscale fishing lodges. Montana's border-towns of West Yellowstone, Gardiner and Cooke City/Silver Gate make for convenient overnight (or week long) basecamps. The same can be said for border-town restaurants, try: a giant burger at the Corral Drive Inn in Gardiner, the kid-friendly pizza joint Miners Saloon in Cooke City, and Einos Tavern in West Yellowstone, where grilling your own meat is de riguer.
FIND A PLACE TO EAT AROUND YELLOWSTONE
With over half the world's geysers; a petrified forest; abundant wildlife; and miles of fishable rivers, gorgeous hikes and trail rides; Yellowstone demands at least a few days on your calendar this summer. (Better yet, plan on a week.)

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