Yellowstone Park Driving Tour, Road Touring

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Yellowstone Park Driving Tour

Yellowstone is alive with geothermal features, diverse wildlife, pristine lakes and rivers, cascading waterfalls, deep canyons and vast meadows, and a tour on the Grand Loop Road connects it all.

  • The Grand Loop Road is 142 miles long.
  • There are 5 entrances to the park that can be accessed from major highways.
  • Yellowstone Lake is the largest in the park, and activities on its shores abound.
  • For a relaxing soak, visit the Boiling or Firehole River.

Overview

In 1915 Yellowstone's Grand Loop Road was opened. The 142 mile figure 8-shaped paved road connects the park's main attractions, and gives visitors up close and personal accounts of some of the world's most striking natural features.

Driving Directions

There are five entrances to Yellowstone National Park, and the Grand Loop Road can be joined from all. From the north, access the park from Route 89. From the south, take Highway 89/191/287. If coming from the west, Highway 20 will take you to a park's entrance. From the northeast, take Highway 212, and from the east, follow Highway 20/14.

Time/Distance

The entire loop is 142 miles. Depending on where you start and how often you stop to explore, the tour generally takes all day. While traffic can be an issue during summer months, it is the best time to visit the park, for most of the road is open only for snowmobile and snowcoach tours during the winter.

Highlights

  • No tour is complete without a stop at Old Faithful to witness the geyser erupt, spewing water up to 184 feet into the air.
  • Another must see is the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, where look-out points jut over Yellowstone River.
  • The Kepler Cascades, just south of Old Faithful is another natural wonder that shouldn’t be missed.
  • And always keep an eye peeled for wildlife!

All attractions are marked on maps distributed at park entrances.

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