If you’re planning on visiting a national park this summer, then you’re by far not alone. With the potential end to the COVID-19 pandemic insight, and vaccination rates increasing, visitation is expected to be unusually busy this summer.
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While you can expect to see large crowds at many of the most iconic national parks including Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, there are always quieter spots to enjoy the park, if you’re willing to get off the beaten path.
Here are five places you can avoid the crowds in Yellowstone National Park:
Drive along Yellowstone Lake: Taking a relaxing drive along the north shore of Yellowstone Lake is a great way to take in the scenery without having to hike too far. This trip also offers the opportunity to hop in a boat for a quiet afternoon fishing, or just stop and grab lunch at the Lake Hotel.
Once you hit Morning Glory Pool, keep going: For most, the Morning Glory Pool marks the end of the main trail. Here is where the vast majority of visitors turn around, but just five minutes farther and you’ll find Artemisia, a beautiful aquamarine pool, without the crowds.
Head to Lamar Valley to try and spot a wolf: Wolves were reintroduced back into Yellowstone National Park in 1995, since then park visitors have been trying to spot them traveling around the northern valleys, particularly in the Lamar Valley area.
Bask in the Boiling River: While you won’t be completely alone, the Boiling River, where a large hot spring meets the Gardner River, can be a relaxing destination for those looking to enjoy the warm water and beautiful scenery.
Don’t forget the geysers: No trip to Yellowstone is complete without checking out the famous geysers. While Old Faithful is certainly a sight to be seen, you’ll find that many of the park’s other geysers offer a similar spectacle without the long lines. Instead, seek out Imperial Geyser near the Fairy Falls Trail.
With nearly 3,500 sq.-miles of wilderness to roam, there is plenty to do and see in Yellowstone National Park.