Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park

4.5
#2 of 199 in Parks in Wyoming
This cone geyser is an icon of Yellowstone National Park. The team who discovered Old Faithful described it as “the perfect geyser.” Though not the tallest or largest in the park, the geyser is one of the most popular for its beauty, size, and regularity of eruptions--almost every 91 minutes, hence its name. Watch the explosion of boiling water reach a height of 32 to 56 m (106 to 185 ft) for around 1.5 to 5 minutes, giving you plenty of time to take photos. The cafeteria in the nearby lodge boasts great views if you want to watch the show over a sandwich. They also do take-out. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Old Faithful by using our Yellowstone National Park trip planning app .
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  • If you are at Yellowstone, you have to see Old Faithful. There's a huge viewing area and the actual geyser was a lot bigger than I anticipated. It was a pretty cool site to witness, and I'd recommend ...  more »
  • You read the description, see some videos, plan the trip and it's exactly what you've read and seen. If you happen to arrive before it erupts, great, otherwise, spend your time at other spots. Very to...  more »
  • This area is great! Besides Old Faithful, there is a country store, lodge, and other hotel! Great place to spend time and have lunch! There is a great grill and clean picnic areas on site! Bathrooms a...  more »
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  • A lot busier than I remember as a kid. There is plenty of room to grab a seat and wait for the show. The area around it built up with restrooms, hiking trails, a gift shop, coffee shop, and plenty of parking. If you make your way to Yellowstone then you have to make the trip to Old Faithful. This is easily accessible to anyone young or old. Make sure take the time to see this natural wonder.
  • It has been something like 57 years since I was last here, and it was very much as I remembered. This is not the largest geyser here, but it's probably the best known. And humans had nothing to do with it! It's amazing, spectacular, and fir me, like seeing a squirrels little old auntie that I had somehow not seen for years--it looked and acted as I had remembered, even though I have missed all those thousands of eruptions over all these years! The information available for explaining what is happening is so much better than what was known when I was here before, and I read everything I could get, as I find it so interesting. Go see for yourself!
  • Thousands of people of all ages visit this iconic location each day. 2018 seems to be a great year for the geysers. Old Faithful seemed to shoot higher and longer than usual. It's a super vacation destination. Book rooms, if staying in the park, a year in advance if you can. In the park, all roads lead to Old Faithful.
  • Make sure you ask Park rangers the approximate time old faithful will go off! This could be upwards 2+ hour wait! With crowds of people! Good news, there's a restaurant that sells beer! Sit inside by a window for AC and you will get a great view! But, nothing like being as close as possible to see this! Keep in mind, there are other geysers in Yellowstone that go higher! Just not as famous.
  • The biggest and most popular attraction of Yellowstone. Different varieties of geysers are available here, but the one at the starting point is the main geyser people are attracted too. There is huge crowd around it, people standing with their cameras and big lenses. The frequency of eruption is about every 60 to 120 min so there’s less chances of missing it. Keep your eyes on nearby notice boards where you will find next eruption time. This eruption lasts for around five minutes, so you have enough time to shoot videos, take selfie and watch the beauty of nature. This area is dumped with 20-40 geysers but I will suggest not to watch all of them if you are running out of time. You will need to walk very long and you will get tired. It’s a big area and will not recommend aged people to check all geysers. They have very big restaurant as well where most of dishes are Chinese. They have gift shops which are overpriced. Don’t forget to see Old Faithful Inn. It is beautiful lodge/hotel, great interior. They have their own restaurant as well. The information centre here is very good and guides are very helpful. They have very big parking, so make sure to mark your parked place.
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