Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park

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#2 of 155 in Parks in Wyoming
This cone geyser is an icon of Yellowstone National Park. The team who discovered Old Faithful described it as “the perfect geyser.” Though not the tallest or largest in the park, the geyser is one of the most popular for its beauty, size, and regularity of eruptions--almost every 91 minutes, hence its name. Watch the explosion of boiling water reach a height of 32 to 56 m (106 to 185 ft) for around 1.5 to 5 minutes, giving you plenty of time to take photos. The cafeteria in the nearby lodge boasts great views if you want to watch the show over a sandwich. They also do take-out. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Old Faithful by using our Yellowstone National Park trip planning app .
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  • If you are at Yellowstone, you have to see Old Faithful. There's a huge viewing area and the actual geyser was a lot bigger than I anticipated. It was a pretty cool site to witness, and I'd recommend ...  more »
  • You read the description, see some videos, plan the trip and it's exactly what you've read and seen. If you happen to arrive before it erupts, great, otherwise, spend your time at other spots. Very to...  more »
  • This area is great! Besides Old Faithful, there is a country store, lodge, and other hotel! Great place to spend time and have lunch! There is a great grill and clean picnic areas on site! Bathrooms a...  more »
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  • A must go when you are at Yellowstone National Park. It is a huge area with the center of attraction being the Old Faithful geyser. You must take the boardwalk once you watch the old faithful spout from the ground. You will witness a number of big and small geysers around the place. To watch this you should come a bit early than the scheduled time and take the front seat in the gallery.
  • Old Faithful is really neat to see, and since it erupts regularly it's not difficult to work it into any Yellowstone trip. There are accurate estimates for its next eruption provided by the park, so schedule your visit around that. I recommend getting there early if you want a good view, as it is obviously one of the more popular attractions in the park. Don't just stop at Old Faithful, though. There are several other geysers in the immediate area with a trail connecting them all, so be sure to walk around and explore. The other large geysers are not quite as regular as Old Faithful, so if you want to see those erupt as well then check their schedules.
  • I arrived a bit late and missed Old Faithful, so I had to wait a while before it went off again, but it was definitely worth the wait. OF was really awesome to see in person . . . Pictures and video just don't cut it once you've seen it up close. I was amazed at how high it shot steam and water into the sky. A must see for everyone !! A bucket list item for sure !!
  • Simply stunning. A beautiful display of the Creation we can enjoy on this beautiful planet Earth. Saw it with snow but I am sure that it's just as beautiful in summer!
  • Have to go here at least once in your lifetime. Some pretty incredible natural displays here. All of Yellowstone is awesome, but obviously old faithful is the must see and I agree that it is worth checking out at least once.
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