Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

Probably the hottest geyser basin in Yellowstone National Park, Norris Geyser Basin melds pink, red, orange, and yellow, and bubbles at over 200 C (400 F). No plant, algae, or bacteria can survive in this environment; the acidic water gets its mesmerizing shades from mineral oxides. If you spend time here, you may see the largest geyser on the planet, which occasionally shoots out jets of water up to 116 m (380 ft) in the air. Start your tour at the Norris Museum, which features exhibits on the basin's traits, then walk along 3.6 km (2.2 mi) of trails, filled with hissing holes and pungent, steamy sights. With our world travel planner, Yellowstone National Park attractions like Norris Geyser Basin can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Yellowstone was really cool. This site is 5 stars all the way. Natural beauty, clean area, majestic - how can it not be 5 stars??  more »
  • Full of geysers which seem to erupt at different times, so keep your eyes for something new. Nice walk on boardwalk around the area. The trail starts at the top so you start with a nice overview.  more »
  • these are some of the most amazing things that we have ever seen. the geyser basin has so many more geysers than i imagined, i thoguht there would only be 1  more »

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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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