Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park

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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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  • We watched it go off 5 different times during our stay and were in awe everytime. At night, during the super moon, and from Observation point.  more »
  • Great time to see it without crowds! We went with Scenic Safari's & highly recommend them. Ralph is a fantastic guide!  more »
  • Impossible to miss this attraction, located right in the Centre of the village with all the lodge in his outline. Maybe it's not the longest or most powerful eruption geyser, but is certainly the most "punctual", with its eruptions every 90 minutes. It is always crowded with tourists at the approach by the eruption take place on the benches in front of the geyser ready to capture some shots. We stayed right at Old Faithful Lodge did enjoy the show more than once and it's always exciting.
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  • So much more than Old Faithful. While this is the main attraction there are so many other geysers, steam vents, and hot springs to see. Come with lots of time, good walking shoes, and a bottle of water. Plan to spend several hours exploring the boardwalks behind Old Faithful. It is absolutely worth it!
  • This geyser is majestic. It erupts more or less every two hours and it lasts for about 15 minutes. It is located near the Hotel and Restaurant and is usually crowded. This geyser is the most visited place inside Yellowstone park. Be careful to bring appropriate clothing, as it can get cold, wet and windy really quickly. There are seats around it, but everything is out in the open, so if the weather is not good, you might not be able to enjoy it.
  • Loved Yellowstone National Park, have been wanting to go there my whole life and it took almost 50 years to get there. Very exciting with all the animals, geysers, springs and bubbling mud pots. The Dragon's Mouth Spring was our favorite, and definitely the smelliest. We saw eagles, elk, buffalo, squirrels, chipmunks, Canadian geese, swans, antelope and raven. We will definitely try to get there again sometime. We stayed off-park so cost of where to stay didn't affect us much, except most RV parks start closing the 1st of October. We were lucky and found a nice quiet site. You won't be disappointed in this park. Check the geysers proposed schedules, because sometimes Old Faithful isn't on time and if she's late anticipate a better than normal show of force.
  • Cool place a little too touristy and crowded for me. It was still cool and you can walk around the board walk. Fall is the best time to go, after all the tourists but before the snow.
  • If you have the time and inclination to see the Upper Geyser Basin you won’t be disappointed.The Basin has the highest concentration of geothermal features in the world, not to mention the famous Old Faithful Geyser, which faithfully erupts in a shower of steam and water every 45-90 minutes. Explore the basin leisurely.Take your time and wait for some of the geysers to erupt. The area is also highly wheelchair-accessible and has bicycle trails. In the Upper Geyser Basin, the geysers are incredible, the thermal pools are beautiful, and the trails aren’t hard to hike.

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Where to stay in Yellowstone National Park

As one of the U.S.'s most popular national parks, Yellowstone provides plenty of options for sleeping within its boundaries. Choose from lodges, inns, cabins, hotels, motels, and campgrounds throughout the park. Most of the structured accommodations lie in the park's most-visited areas, such as Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Falls, Old Faithful Geyser, and Yellowstone Lake. Staying on the northern side of the lake puts you right in the heart of the park, making it relatively convenient to visit other areas. Resorts, lodges, and guest ranches line the road just outside the park's east entrance, and a cluster of motels and hotels fills the town of West Yellowstone near the west entrance. You can also opt for lodges and inns to the north in Gardiner, Montana, or find nearly every type of accommodation to the south in Jackson, Wyoming. Staying outside the park is fine if you plan to drive through in a day and catch the highlights, but you'll want to spend at least one night inside the park if you plan to explore it more thoroughly.
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