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The Best US National Parks to Visit - Part 1

Updated: May 22

If the US National Parks have been a miss for you, there is no better time to check them off your list. Whether it's this summer or next, there are plenty of US parks that will seduce even the savviest of travelers.

Yellowstone National Park

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Established in 1872, Yellowstone was the first National Park in the U.S. and the world. It is located in the extreme northwestern part of Wyoming, with small sections of the park crossing state borders into Montana and Idaho.

Park Points

Size and Vibe: Yellowstone covers approximately 3,471 square miles. There are several notable distinctions within those miles. Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-elevation lakes in North America. It is also home to many geothermal, the Old Faithful geyser being it's most famous resident.

The park also contains a dormant supervolcano. Known as the Yellowstone Caldera, it is the largest supervolcano on the continent. The Caldera is at the center of the park on a broad, elevated volcanic plateau. Also, there are endless lakes, hot springs, canyons, rivers, and mountain ranges. There are hundreds of Yellowstone species, including grizzly bears, wolves, elk, and the most significant and oldest bison herd in the U.S.

Best time of year to go: The best time to visit this iconic park depends on the kind of trip you are after. The park is in its full bloom and most popular in the summertime. Services are at their mos