Day 20: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Woke up to a nice crisp morning and one last exceptional view of the Tetons as they faded into little more than hills. Such beauty makes it hard to leave, but there are always more new sights up ahead.
Yellowstone National Park didn't let us down. With an endless array of colors and abundant wildlife, there was no shortage of things to take pictures of. After driving to the campground to find a site, we made a plan for the the next two days in Yellowstone. Yellowstone National Park is an enormous park with one main Figure 8 shaped road. We decided to do the south loop the first day and the north loop the second day. The south loop includes the Norris, Old Faithful, West Thumb, Bridge Bay, and Canyon areas of the park.
Below is Whirligig Geyser, part of the Norris Geyser Basin. The orange and yellow oxide deposits combined with the lime-green Cyanidium algae make this one of the most colorful spots of the Norris Geyser Basin.
Below is the Grand Prismatic Spring, easily my favorite spot of the park. It is the largest hot spring in the United States and third largest in the world!
It was wonderful to have company on this road trip... the second half, I was accompanied by my dad, shown below.
Of course we had to stop by the Old Faithful Inn. Built in 1904, it claims to be the largest log cabin in the world... pretty amazing. And yes, we stayed and watched Old Faithful, but it's truly not as exciting as the rest of the park.
Below is the Churning Cauldron.
Stopped by Hayden Valley around dusk. The valley floor was once a lake bed and is now a prime spot for viewing wildlife.
Who knew Yellowstone had its own Grand Canyon (literally called that..).
It was seriously an awesome day with endless arrays of sights, colors, and animals. It involved lots of walking/hiking and we were both quite tired by the end of the day, but it was well worth it.
More pictures of the day here!