Finally! We’ve finished our photo album of the second part of our American roadtrip. Meaning sorting out hundreds (no wait, thousands) of pictures and editing them. The most memorable part of this part of our trip was our visit to Yellowstone National Park. We knew it would be spectacular, but never expected it to be that spectacular. What amazed us the most wasn’t the wildlife (although a bear encounter is quite something) but it were the amazing colors in the landscape. Especially if you arrive early or stay up late, you will get the most magnificent colors. Here are our favorite places for taking colorful pictures:
Old Faithful geyser
During the day you will find herds of tourists here but at night, most of them are gone. We were lucky and got to see an eruption during sunset.
Norris Geyser Basin
We were here early in the morning, hoping to see Steamboat Geyser erupt. We only had about an hour planned here but as we were amazed by all the colors and boiling pots, we came back in the early evening. Almost no other tourists there so perfect for pictures!
Probably one of the most photographed spots after Old Faithful. We were pretty unlucky as a lot of steam was coming from the spring. To get this picture, make sure to scramble up the hill behind the spring, from the ground you will not get to see the colors very well.
Mammoth Hot Springs
We were unlucky to be here right during the day and walk into hundreds of other tourists. (you can’t be everywhere at the same time) so we just took some quick snaps and moved on. Still, we were impressed by these awesome hot springs and its dead trees.
West Thumb Geyser Basin
No matter how awesome the other places were, West Thumb Geyser Basin is by far the most colorful place in Yellowstone. It’s located right at the shores of Yellowstone Lake and we were quite lucky to have sunny weather, which makes the colors even more alive. Words just can’t describe the magnificent colors that appear here. So we won’t even try, instead, just see for yourself:
Conclusion: 3 days in Yellowstone is not nearly enough. We want to go back and one day, we will!
Inspired and want to plan a visit to Yellowstone? We also wrote the following posts:
– How to plan your trip to Yellowstone National Park
– The highlights of Yellowstone National Park
– Climbing Mount Washburn in Yellowstone National Park
– Yellowstone National Park: a photo essay
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Thanks for sharing!
Laura Nathalie Travels
Wow! This looks amazing. I’m thinking about a road trip in the USA for next year, I going to put this on my list!
Thanks, I am sure you are going to love it – it’s well worth the drive!
Wow, great pictures Antonette! Really makes me want to go right now.
Thanks Jasper – you should go 🙂
Wow those are some amazing photos! I love the geyser at sunset- must have been such an awesome experience!
yes, it was one we will never forget…
These photos are amazing. I lived in Wyoming while studying at the University there. Never and have never seen this beauty.
Thanks! Do you mean you never went to Yellowstone?
Jessica | A Passion and A Passport
WOW gorgeous photos! Have been wanting to head on over to the national parks over there, and these photos just gave me a nudge to get on it sooner than later!
Yes, make sure you go, before the mighty super volcano erupts and it may all be gone .. 🙂
So beautiful! We are heading to Yellowstone in the fall, so I am off to read your other posts to help with the planning.
Stunning photos! We just took a snow coach tour of Yellowstone in January- I had never been and was definitely in awe. Looking forward to going back for sure to explore more.
Oh wow – I would love to see Yellowstone in winter time … imagine the geysers and bisons in a pack of snow. Hope you had a good time!
Kevin @ Guess This City
Whoa the Grand Prismatic looks super cool. I used to live a couple hours from Yellowstone but never went. After seeing this there is definitely some regret over here….. I guess that means I will just have to go and visit my friends and make a trip to go see this stuff for myself.
Yes, definitely go back there one day, it will be much worth it, I’m sure you won’t have regrets this time. The Grand Prismatic looked cool indeed, although we expected it to be even more colorful, there was a lot of steam when we were there. Another good reason for us to go back … one day.
Wow! I really had no idea there was so much natural beauty here – it looks spectacular! Great photos!
Bridget @ A Traveling B
Beautiful photos! The western part of the US is one of my favorite places, but I have never made it to Yellowstone. It is high on my list and your pictures have stirred more wanderlust in me!
Thanks! We’ve never really been further west than Las Vegas but seeing this has made us want to go back and explore more around the states along the Pacific Coast…
Nina in Holland
Oh wow oh wow! This is sooooo very pretty! I wanna go there! This must have taken you ages to choose from the millions of pictures. I bet they are all beautiful like these LOL
Great photos! Yellowstone is so incredible, you have to see it to believe it.
These are excellent captures–reminds me to add it to my road trip list
Thanks Charu! Hope you will make it to Yellowstone one day!
Great photos of such an interesting place! I haven’t been there since I was a small kid but I hope to take my kids there on a big road trip next year.
Yellowstone can be dramatic when you capture it with ominous clouds backlit by late afternoon sun.
Alley @ Alley's Recipe Book
Great photos! For the aerial photos, were you up on mountains or did you have do you have another method of getting your shots up high? We are going in September (after Labor Day) and we are hoping to get some great shots too! 🙂