Sunday, February 10, 2008

US 20 Wyoming: Yellowstone National Park

While driving to Yellowstone National Park a few years ago, we stopped off at a little restaurant in Greybull, Wyoming. We looked at a street sign close by, and saw that we were a stone’s throw away from Route 20. We hadn’t fully realized that if we simply left our home in Ohio, and just kept heading east on Rt. 20, that we would have made it directly to Yellowstone. As the National Parks don’t number their roads, this is probably the only “break” in the road being marked as US 20.

Yellowstone National Park is probably the most amazing place on US 20. Designated as a National Park on March 1, 1872, the park contains spectacular geothermal features, the most famous being Old Faithful Geyser.

The park sits over Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano in North America. While it is considered an active volcano, the only obvious evidence it is even there are the many geothermal features such as geysers, mud volcanoes, steam vents, hot and mineral springs, etc. Yellowstone Lake, which is one of the largest high-altitude lakes in North America, sits directly over the caldera. There are also waterfalls, rivers, beautiful valleys, and fields of grasses and wildflowers. Yellowstone is also a great place to see wildlife, such as bison, elk, grizzly bears, wolves, and bald eagles.

If you haven’t been to Yellowstone, you can take a quick trip via the video below, which has some great shots of Old Faithful, The Old Faithful Inn, The Upper and Lower Falls, and various geysers and pools. But if you are looking for a place to visit on US Rouse 20 that will take your breath away, take the drive to Yellowston. It’s well worth it.

Video: Yellowstone National Park

The US Route 20 Blog homepage can be found here.

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