4 Reasons Why You Should Visit Yellowstone And Grand Teton National Park
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

4 Reasons Why You Should Visit Yellowstone And Grand Teton National Park

How not to miss out on the beauty the United States has to offer.

4 Reasons Why You Should Visit Yellowstone And Grand Teton National Park

The United States boasts some of the most geographically expansive and aesthetically stunning national parks in the world. Every year, millions of Americans and international tourists alike flock to the different parks that are for the most part scattered across the western half of the country. Each park is comprised of its own set of distinct features and diverse environments, from the interlacing jagged and smooth magma deposits of Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii, to the endless sedimentation and geologic weathering of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. I believe that everyone should visit at least a few of these tremendously beautiful parks during the course of their lives. However, there are two in particular I believe one should make an effort to visit: Yellowstone National Park, which lies primarily in northwest Wyoming, and Grand Teton National Park, situated in its entirety in Wyoming to the south of Yellowstone. Here’s why I judge that these parks will provide you with a truly amazing experience:

1. Wildlife:

Both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park possess a great variety of diverse animal and plant life, establishing a sort of menagerie while still fostering and upholding the natural ecosystem, as well as the symbiotic relationships that occur between organisms. Both parks enable tourists to take wildlife tours, where they have the opportunity to observe the diverse plants and animals the land has to offer. For example, Yellowstone is notorious for mammals, like its bison, which roam the immense open regions of the park to graze, as well as its elk and white-tailed deer that weave inconspicuously through the park’s lodgepole pine trees. Furthermore, in both Yellowstone and Grand Teton, one can see both Grizzly and Black Bears. Grand Teton is also known for its small mammals like squirrels, beavers, mice, chipmunks, martens, weasels and more. Avian wildlife is in no short supply in the parks either, as one can routinely spot Osprey and Hawks circling overhead. The wildlife in both parks is truly amazing.

2. Landscape:

Though both parks are situated in Wyoming, each park has a unique landscape that is waiting to be traversed and admired. Yellowstone, bequeathed with a plethora of different landscapes even within the park itself, displays everything from rolling hills, to rivers and creeks that cut through large patches of flat green, to enormous tracts of pine forest, to geologic features like “The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.” Most notably, however, Yellowstone is famous for its geothermal activity, including a variety of geysers, mud pots, and hot springs. The most renowned and celebrated of these geothermal features is “Old Faithful,” the famed geyser that spews water and steam upwards of 150 feet into the air every 35 to 120 minutes. In contrast, Grand Teton National Park does not contain the geothermal activity that Yellowstone does, but instead welcomes the Teton Mountain Range, with it’s sharply pointed, snow capped peaks backing up to large areas of plains and several bodies of water. Both parks provide absolutely breathtaking views.

3. Open Land, Open Sky:

A major selling point for both parks, and something that really struck me when I visited these places, was the sheer amount of space and open land each park offered. Hailing from the most densely populated state in the U.S., as well as the most populous and developed section in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic regions, such developmental changes were astounding to me in a number of ways. First, the openness and lack of constraint makes you feel absolutely free, contrary to the confines of urban and suburban America. In addition, the absence of ambient light unwraps the night sky, parading its true beauty, occupied by individual stars and constellations alike. Looking up at night and being able to see the millions of stars really puts things into perspective and conveys the unfathomable size of the universe that we live in.

4. Hiking and Other Outdoor Activities:

Finally, both parks enable visitors to fulfill a share of outdoor undertakings including but not limited to: camping, hiking, rafting, kayaking, and climbing. There are a variety of places one can camp out in the most isolated portions of the parks and truly live a rugged lifestyle. However, there are also places to partake in activities that involve more civilization. In Grand Teton, for example, one can go white water rafting on the Snake River or hike up into the mountains surrounding the awe-inspiring Jenny Lake. In Yellowstone, one can navigate and hike down the side of the “Grand Canyon of Yellowstone” and observe the remarkable falls.

So, what are you waiting for? Travel forth and discover!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Olivia White

"The American flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies from the last breath of each solider who died protecting it."

Keep Reading... Show less

Separation Anxiety in Pets

Separation anxiety in pets is a real thing and recognizing the warning signs is important.


Since March, Covid-19 required most of the world to quarantine in their homes. Majority of people ended up working from home for nearly five months. This meant pet owners were constantly with their pets giving them attention, playing with them, letting them out etc. Therefore, when the world slowly started to open up again and pet owners began returning to normal life work schedules away from the home, pet owners noticed a difference in the way their pet acted. Many pets develop separation anxiety especially during this crazy time when majority people were stuck inside barely leaving the house.

Keep Reading... Show less
Robert Bye on Unsplash

I live by New York City and I am so excited for all of the summer adventures.

Keep Reading... Show less

The invention of photography

The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.


The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Exposing Kids To Nature Is The Best Way To Get Their Creative Juices Flowing

Constantly introducing young children to the magical works of nature will further increase the willingness to engage in playful activities as well as broaden their interactions with their peers


Whenever you are feeling low and anxious, just simply GO OUTSIDE and embrace nature! According to a new research study published in Frontiers in Psychology, being connected to nature and physically touching animals and flowers enable children to be happier and altruistic in nature. Not only does nature exert a bountiful force on adults, but it also serves as a therapeutic antidote to children, especially during their developmental years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Simple Ways To Give Yourself Grace, Especially When Life Gets Hard

Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we are becoming.

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

If there's one thing I'm absolutely terrible at, it's giving myself grace. I'm easily my own worst critic in almost everything that I do. I'm a raging perfectionist, and I have unrealistic expectations for myself at times. I can remember simple errors I made years ago, and I still hold on to them. The biggest thing I'm trying to work on is giving myself grace. I've realized that when I don't give myself grace, I miss out on being human. Even more so, I've realized that in order to give grace to others, I need to learn how to give grace to myself, too. So often, we let perfection dominate our lives without even realizing it. I've decided to change that in my own life, and I hope you'll consider doing that, too. Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we're becoming. As you read through these five affirmations and ways to give yourself grace, I hope you'll take them in. Read them. Write them down. Think about them. Most of all, I hope you'll use them to encourage yourself and realize that you are never alone and you always have the power to change your story.

Keep Reading... Show less

Breaking Down The Beginning, Middle, And End of Netflix's Newest 'To All The Boys' Movie

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series


Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.

I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.

Keep Reading... Show less

4 Ways To Own Your Story, Because Every Bit Of It Is Worth Celebrating

I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.

Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Every single one of us has a story.

I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments