Yellowstone National Park, the large swath of land resting on the Yellowstone plateau in the northwest corner of Wyoming, is home to diverse wildlife, unique geological formations and the most concentrated amount of geothermal activity in the entire world. Originally home to Native Americans some 11,000 years ago, present day Yellowstone history began in 1872, when President Grant signed the “The Act of Dedication” into law making Yellowstone the first National Park in the world, let alone the United States. Travelers on our Yellowstone & Grand Teton: Walking America’s Wilderness vacation will get to visit the park and view its famed geysers, traverse its nature trails, get up close to its wildlife and relax in a rustic lodge and lakeside hotel.
The vastness of Yellowstone National Park allows one to visit many times before they can fully experience all the park has to offer. There are so many things to do in Yellowstone National Park and visiting with VBT takes away the stress of worrying about all of your options and enables you to focus on the few that we have organized on amazing, adventure-filled days during your stay. During our stay at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel— the oldest hotel in any National Park—we’ll summit Elephant Back Mountain on a trail that takes us through shaded old-growth lodge pole pine forests to an overlook offering impressive views of the lake below. Another day, we’ll spend discovering the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, whose oxidizing iron walls give off the appearance of the yellow color, perhaps the namesake of the river that formed the canyon. We’ll walk along the rim of the canyon and stop at spectacular viewpoints of the two largest waterfalls in the park—the Upper and Lower Falls.
Our final day of this vacation includes a scenic shuttle ride to the western part of the park so be on the lookout for unique wildlife like bison, elk, wolves, bighorn sheep and more. Once we’ve arrived, we’ll enjoy nature walks to the Grand Prismatic Spring and the Old Faithful Geyser. Our last night is spent in The Old Faithful Inn, a rustic-style lodge that opened in 1904 and was inspired by the great camps of the Adirondacks. Most of the building materials used, including lodge pole pine and rhyolite stone, were found within a 5 mile radius of the Inn. Guests will enjoy relaxing by the magnificent fireplace or taking in the sunset on one of the giant porches with spectacular views.
Be sure to check back later in the week for a blog discussing some of the park’s geothermal attractions more in-depth. For more information about the rest of our Yellowstone & Grand Teton: Walking America’s Wilderness tour, please visit our website. To request a full catalog with all of our vacations please click here. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868, available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am-3:00pm EST.