Let’s face it. You’ve probably known about Yellowstone’s existence since you were a kid.
It’s classic vacation Americana, the prototype for a family road trip. But that should not discourage you from making your own pilgrimage, far from it. Yellowstone is a stunning American treasure, a true model of how spectacular our national park system can be.
It’s also quite large! At nearly 3,500 square miles, you could explore for years without seeing every nook. And odds are, you don’t have years to spend. That’s why we’ve rounded up five must-see stops in the park, so that you won’t miss out. Some of them are heavily visited sites, while others are more off-the-beaten path. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to be bowled over by Yellowstone’s singular beauty and abundant wildlife.