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Artist Point, Yellowstone National Park
(4.8/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
One of the most photographed sights in Yellowstone National Park, Artist Point offers panoramic views of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and lower Yellowstone Falls. The spot purportedly got its name because visitors thought it was the point from which Thomas Moran made sketches for his famed painting of the falls in 1872 (it was later determined that the sketches were made from a different spot). From this point you're surrounded by an array of soft pinks, yellows, and oranges that color the rugged façade of the canyon walls. Visit the overlook to see rainbows in the spray of the falls, which are 94 m (308 ft) high. Bring your binoculars for the chance to spot nesting bald eagles, osprey, and swallows along the cliff tops and canyon walls. This attraction is just a short walk from the parking lot and is accessed via a paved path that is wheelchair accessible. Plan to visit Artist Point and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Yellowstone National Park attractions using our Yellowstone National Park travel itinerary planner.
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  • Very good to to view the waterfall from this point. Also started several hikes in the area.
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  • I'd not known much about the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone before I visited the first time, but was awestruck, particularly with the yellow rock formations and spires and the view of the falls in the ba...  more »
  • We loved catching this in the morning fog and then again after hiking uncle toms trail once it had burned away. Worth the return trip for sure. 
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  • This is a must see if you are in Yellowstone. If you come in the early morning the sunlight makes the walls glow with warmth and as an added bonus you will have much fewer people to fight for good pictures. That being said, there are lots of great places to take pictures of this amazing place. I visited in August 2016.
  • This is my favorite view of the canyon and falls. Good sized parking g lot but even it can fill when it is the busy season. Between busses and distracted drivers, watch yourself as you cross the lot. Bus tours can have some very rude people. Be patient. It is worth it.
  • Really scenic spot with so many different natural colors. We came here in the evening , there was no rush and it looked really beautiful. There is ample parking space here and you have nice view of lower falls.
  • Amazing view, probably the best one in the park with the shortest walk if you're not in a walking mood.
  • Witnessed the most beautiful sunset here last week. It's less busy after dinner time, that's a great time to go. Early morning is great too for morning lighting on the falls.