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Go to Yellowstone this summer

Go to Yellowstone this summer

Posted by Liliana Castaño on May 19, 2014

Old Faithful likely comes to mind when you think of Yellowstone National Park. And it's certainly worth seeing, along with other geysers. But the geysers are just the start of what Yellowstone offers: hiking, biking, camping, fishing, wildlife-spotting and more. If the park were its own state, it would be larger than both Rhode Island and Delaware. With stops along the way, it can take two full days to drive the 142-mile (230-kilometer) Grand Loop. Here are some Yellowstone basics, starting with the geysers.

GEYSERS

Most of the park's easily accessible and most famous geysers are concentrated along a 30-mile (50-kilometer) drive in the middle of the park, from West Thumb to Madison Junction, and can be seen in a half-day.

Park visitor centers can provide predicted eruption times for about a half-dozen geysers. Some predictions are in windows of several hours, so you'll likely spend some time waiting. Old Faithful erupts every 60 to 90 minutes. The exact timing depends on the previous eruption, so the park can predict only one eruption at a time.

Several other geysers are within walking distance, including the tiny Anemone erupting every 10 minutes or so. A few more clusters of geysers and hot springs are a short drive north along Grand Loop.

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