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posted on July 08, 2015

Traveling by train offers a unique experience of exploration and relaxation combined. From major parks to those lesser known, discovering America’s National Parks is a once in a lifetime experience, and Yellowstone National Park is one of the most popular and beautiful parks to see in the country. A scenic route through Yellowstone will leave passengers in awe at the wildlife, extended valleys, and mountainous backdrop. Yellowstone National Park has endless sights to see and all are equally beautiful with rainbow colors and hissing steam, but there are a few that are must-see attractions within the stunning National Park.

Old Faithful

While it’s not the tallest geyser in the park, Old Faithful is most known for its frequent eruptions taking place every hour and a half for up to five minutes. The view of the erupting geyser is both magnificent up close and from afar. Visitors can also view the spectacle from afar at the Observation Point, only a short distance away.

Norris Geyser Basin

This active geothermal area formed around 100,000 BC. It is America’s oldest geyser basin, one that always remains active. It is the hottest in the park and home to the world’s tallest active geyser, the Steamboat.

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

A product of the Yellowstone River, the 20-mile-long crater is one of the park’s premier attractions. With mineral stains of pink and yellow brushed along the slopes and rocky canyon walls, this massive gorge is a sight to see. It is 4,000-feet wide and 1,200-feet deep in some places along the canyon. The chasm sits downstream from Yellowstone Falls and the National Park. In some places, you can see the Lower Falls plummeting into the canyon more than 300 feet or the Upper Falls dropping more than 100 feet.

Tower Fall

Tower Fall is a sight to see with rushing white waters and a plunging waterfall on Tower Creek in the northeastern region of Yellowstone National Park. The falls plunge 132 feet from rock towers at the top, hence its name.

Madison Junction

This sight is one where visitors can learn a little more about Yellowstone’s history. Madison Junction is best known as the place where Yellowstone was born, where the idea of a national park was reportedly imagined around a campfire at this exact location during the exploration of Yellowstone in 1870. The site has a small log cabin visitor’s center and museum to remind visitors of the park’s beginnings.

Mammoth Hot Springs

Located north of Madison Junction, these individually-named hot springs are located in a large complex adjacent to Fort Yellowstone. These springs were created thousands of years ago and several ingredients combined make up the Mammoth Hot Springs—heat, water, limestone, and rock fractures. The water comes from Norris Geyser Basin after traveling through a fault line underground.

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