Grand Prismatic Pool at Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Have you ever been to a National Park? If not, I suggest you add Yellowstone to your list. Located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, it is the first National Park in the United States. Established in 1872, it spans over three states and is home to a variety of wildlife. From grizzly bears and bison to elk and eagles, there is so much to see and do at Yellowstone. You could easily spend a week or more there and still not see everything. So if you're looking for an adventure, add Yellowstone to your list!
Area: 8900 km²
Attractions in Yellowstone National Park
The Yellowstone volcano and its colorful pools
The colorful hot springs are the absolute highlight of the park - this fascinating phenomenon attracts thousands of visitors every year. The thermal springs, which are of volcanic origin, are home to various thermophilic bacteria and algae, which feel particularly good there and react with the pH value in the hot water, causing them to shine in a spectrum of colors.
Science is also highly interested in the so-called thermophilic bacteria. NASA, for example, is investigating the phenomenon in Yellowstone to study and simulate the living conditions on other planets. The microorganisms in Yellowstone National Park have also played a role in the medical field - and not all species of these tiny creatures have even been researched yet. Who knows what they can do to help us in the future.
To experience the colorful springs at close range and learn more, the park authorities have made the area widely accessible. Wooden walkways make it easy to explore Yellowstone National Park on foot - an ideal hiking trip for the whole family.
Home to many - Nature conservation in Yellowstone National Park
Admittedly, the flora and fauna away from the geysers and springs are only in second place when it comes to the highlights of the park. Wrongly so, because in the forests and mountains life is in full bloom. Lynxes, coyotes, badgers, foxes, wolves, bears, bison, ... the list could go on endlessly. The diversity of creatures speaks for the special nature of Yellowstone National Park.
On extensive hiking and biking tours, you can discover the wildlife paradise. But always keep to the rules at all times - for your own protection and that of nature. For Yellowstone to continue to provide such a wonderful home for flora and fauna, the area must be protected. Do your part by learning about it and leaving as few traces as possible when you visit.
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