Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks

Lower falls on the Yellowstone river

Yellowstone National Park was the first National Park in the USA and you can see why. The park is huge; it spans an area of 3,468.4 square miles. Yellowstone is famous for the geysers, with Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin being the most popular feature of the park. The park is full of wildlife from Elk to Bears; the park is truly a special place. You need at least a week to explore the different areas of the park and then you have the hundreds of hiking trails to get out on. We camped at Lewis Lake campground which is one of the first come first serve campsites. Yellowstone is a very busy park; it was like feeding time at the zoo in the cafes, I was happy to get back to our campsite at night to enjoy the quiet. Try to visit the park outside the busy summer months to get down on some of the crowds.


Lake McDonald – Glacier National Park

Our last stop in the US was Glacier National Park, now you might be thinking another National Park aren’t they all the same? Well I was thinking the same, after Yellowstone what else can Glacier offer? Glacier is absolutely stunning, the mountains still have snow on them, there are waterfalls streaming down the hills everywhere you look. The lakes are a turquoise colour and shimmer in the sunshine. You must travel on the Going-to-the- Sun Road, the views are stunning in every direction, but you will need to drive slowly the road twists and turns around the mountains. We did the Iceberg Lake hike, which is 9.8 miles round trip; the lake still has icebergs in July. We saw a grizzly bear and her cubs on the hike, amazing to watch them and a little scary too. Make sure you carry bear spray and send the husband first, he he. We loved Glacier National Park, what a great way to end our 3 months in the USA. Wow the USA has so much to offer if you like the outdoors.

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