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Yellowstone National Park: Self-Driving Audio Guided Tour

1. Yellowstone National Park: Self-Driving Audio Guided Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 142+ miles-long tour covers the essentials of Yellowstone National Park in 5-6 hours. Your adventure through Yellowstone begins at one of the five entrances and follows the Grand Loop around the entire park. Here are some of the incredible points of interest along that massive figure eight: Journey through the West Thumb, one of the largest geyser basins in the park. Watch the jets of boiling water bursting from the earth and hear the geological science behind this phenomenon. Peer deep into the Abyss Pool--if you dare--and listen to accounts of how fishermen used to cook their catch in the Fisherman’s Cone! Then, we’ll turn your eyes to the sky and tell you everything you need to know about birdwatching in Yellowstone. As you drive past Shoshone Lake, one of the park’s best-kept secrets, we’ll fill you in on Sacagawea’s connection to the park and give you the real story you probably haven’t heard. Then it’s on to the world-famous Old Faithful, where you’re guaranteed to see a spectacular show. We’ll also take you to all the other geysers in the area, which are as impressive as their famous cousin. After that, try not to let your jaw drop too low when you see Grand Prismatic, the largest hot spring in the United States and the most colorful. We’ll give you a glimpse into the microscopic life that thrives in the extreme heat and explain how they brew beer and help solve crimes. No, really! Next, we’ll stop by the Fountain Paint Pot, the most colorful mud field you’ll ever see, and reveal the secrets of Yellowstone’s “Zone of Death.” Then it’s on to the tremendous Gibbon Falls and the Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone’s hottest basin. We’ll hear about how this place offers a window into the earliest life on Earth and the men who first charted this fascinating land. Cross Yellowstone’s Golden Gate Bridge to reach the Mammoth Hot Springs, the most accessible place to spot a herd of elk. As you continue toward a pair of staggering waterfalls, we’ll put your mind at ease about the still-active supervolcano directly beneath you and let you enjoy the views. Check out a tree so old it’s turned entirely to stone, then hear about President Theodore Roosevelt’s eventful trip to Yellowstone. If you’ve come to see wildlife, Lamar Valley is one of your best bets. We’ll point you to a place where you can spot elk, bison, and maybe even grizzlies or wolves! Then, visit Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon--as long as you don’t fear heights! Finally, relax by the shores of the enormous Yellowstone Lake and watch for moose who come to drink from its waters. Yellowstone has all this and more within a single park, but you must see it to understand how awe-inspiring this landscape can be. So what are you waiting for?

West Yellowstone: Yellowstone Day Tour Including Entry Fee

2. West Yellowstone: Yellowstone Day Tour Including Entry Fee

Immerse yourself in the landscape and wildlife of the Yellowstone National Park on this van tour from West Yellowstone. Learn about its history from your guide, see the many incredible sights it has to offer, and enjoy a delicious lunch. Depart from West Yellowstone, Montana at 8:30 AM and enter Yellowstone National Park through the West Gate. Tour the Lower Loop with stops at notable points of interest including Old Faithful and the Geyser Basins. See sights like the Grand Prismatic Spring, Fountain Paint Pots, Artist Point, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and Hayden Valley. Throughout, also enjoy many great views of Yellowstone Lake. Learn about the Park from your knowledgeable guide, including its geothermal features, geology, and wildlife. Enjoy numerous photos of the surroundings and wildlife and, at the mid-point of the tour, a delicious picnic-style lunch. The tour concludes at 5:30 PM back in West Yellowstone.

From Jackson: Yellowstone Day Tour Including Entrance Fee

3. From Jackson: Yellowstone Day Tour Including Entrance Fee

Explore Yellowstone National Park with a local guide. Take in breathtaking views of incredible landscapes and learn about the local wildlife as you stop at iconic points of interest. The tour covers over 250 miles, promising to be a full, exciting, and memorable day.  Your tour departs from Teton Village and Jackson, Wyoming early in the morning. Head north through Grand Teton National Park, all the while taking in impressive views of the Tetons. Enter Yellowstone and begin your tour of the Lower Loop, with stops at popular points of interest, including Old Faithful, the Fountain Paint Pots, Hayden Valley, Yellowstone Lake, Upper and Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon, and possibly more. Stop and photograph wildlife and beautiful scenery throughout the day. At the midpoint of the tour, enjoy a delicious, picnic-style lunch. During the tour, your guide will educate you on the many features of Yellowstone, including the history of the park, its geothermal features, geology, wildlife, and more. Your tour concludes in the early evening back in Jackson or Teton Village.

Jackson: 2-Day Yellowstone National Park Tour with Lunches

4. Jackson: 2-Day Yellowstone National Park Tour with Lunches

Explore Yellowstone National Park in its entirety on this 2-day guided tour. Discover the highlights of the park including the Old Faithful Area, Norris Geyser Basin, Lake Yellowstone, and a wide variety of natural landmarks. Enjoy included pickup and lunches. Start out from Jackson, Wyoming, and head north on the first day through Yellowstone, taking in about half of the park. Spend the night at the historic Chico Hot Springs Resort located to the north of the park, or at a cozy hotel in the charming town of Gardiner. On the second day, head south to see the rest of Yellowstone, ultimately returning to Jackson, Wyoming in the evening. Your tour includes the Upper and Lower loops of Yellowstone National Park. Visit all major points of interest, and enjoy a number of opportunities to take short hikes on boardwalks in many of the Geyser Basins and within the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Major points of interest include: • Upper Geyser Basin (the Old Faithful Area)• Midway Geyser Basin• Firehole Lake Loop• Fountain Paint Pots• Firehole River Canyon• Gibbon Falls • Artist Paint Pots• Norris Geyser Basin• Roaring Mountain• Gardiner's Hole• The Golden Gate• The Hoodoos• Mammoth Hot Springs Terrace• Gardiner River• The Boiling River• Roosevelt Arch• Undine Falls• Blacktail Plateau• Petrified Tree• Roosevelt area• Lamar Valley• Tower Falls• Dunraven Pass• Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (upper and lower falls)• Hayden Valley• Sulphur Cauldron• Mud Volcano Area• Fishing Bridge• Lake Yellowstone

From Jackson: Yellowstone National Park Day Trip with Lunch

5. From Jackson: Yellowstone National Park Day Trip with Lunch

Discover Yellowstone's Lower Loop on a guided day tour from Jackson in an air-conditioned van. Be amazed by the beauty of various natural landmarks, including the Old Faithful Area, the Canyon Area, and Hayden Valley. Begin the tour in downtown Jackson. Head north through Grand Teton National Park on the way to Yellowstone. See all the major points of interest on the Lower Loop, including the Upper Geyser Basin, which is the Old Faithful area, the Midway Geyser Basin, the Firehole Lake Loop, Fountain Paint Pots, Firehole River Canyon, Gibbon Falls, and the Virginia Cascades. Experience the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, including the Upper and Lower Falls, Hayden Valley, Sulphur Cauldron, the Mud Volcano area, and Lake Yellowstone. You will also enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared picnic lunch during the day. Take some short hikes along the many boardwalks within the geyser basins and to the Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. Be on the lookout for local wildlife species.

Yellowstone: Self-Guided Tour of National Park Highlights

6. Yellowstone: Self-Guided Tour of National Park Highlights

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 142+ miles-long tour covers the essentials of Yellowstone National Park in 5-6 hours. Commence your exploration of Yellowstone National Park at one of its five entrances, ready to traverse the spectacular Grand Loop that spans the entire park. This magnificent journey, a figure-eight route, encompasses an array of astonishing points of interest. Venture through the Mammoth Hot Springs, a geothermal wonder that's an absolute feast for the eyes. Observe the cascading terraces of hot springs, and be captivated by the vibrant colors, the result of heat-loving bacteria. Delve into the remarkable history of the area, including tales of early explorers and settlers. Continue to Tower Fall, a 132-foot waterfall that's a visual masterpiece. Here, you'll learn about its geological formation and the fascinating flora and fauna that thrive in its surroundings. Next, cross the iconic Roosevelt Arch, the stately stone structure that marks the park's North Entrance, embodying the ethos, "For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People." As you journey along the Grand Loop, you'll pass by the Hayden Valley, known for its wildlife abundance. We'll guide you through the best spots for observing bison, elk, and possibly even a bear or a pack of wolves, all while sharing lesser-known facts about these magnificent creatures. Witness the awe-inspiring show of Old Faithful, the world-renowned geyser known for its predictable eruptions. We'll also guide you to other geothermal marvels nearby, such as the Grand Geyser and Castle Geyser, each with their own spectacular displays and intriguing stories. Prepare to be mesmerized by the Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest hot spring in the U.S. and a riot of colors. Learn about the microorganisms that create this stunning visual effect and the fascinating uses they have in modern science. Experience the eerie beauty of the Petrified Forest, home to ancient trees turned to stone over the millennia. Hear about its formation and how it has contributed to our understanding of the Earth's past. Finally, unwind by the tranquil Yellowstone Lake, one of the largest high-altitude lakes in North America. Look out for waterfowl, otters, and even moose that frequent its shores, as you listen to stories about the lake's geological history and its importance to the park's ecosystem. With a landscape brimming with geothermal wonders, rich wildlife, and breathtaking vistas, Yellowstone National Park is a testament to the grandeur of nature. A journey here is a step into a world of awe-inspiring beauty and ecological diversity, an experience that you'll cherish for a lifetime. So, don't wait any longer - come and immerse yourself in the wonder that is Yellowstone!

Yellowstone: Old Faithful, Waterfalls, and Wildlife Day Tour

7. Yellowstone: Old Faithful, Waterfalls, and Wildlife Day Tour

Embark on a small-group Yellowstone National Park tour adventure for a fantastic way to observe North American wildlife as well as take in Yellowstone’s numerous geyser basins. Begin by passing through Grand Teton National Park*, taking time to stop and observe wildlife and scenery along the way. Continue to Yellowstone National Park, making stops at Old Faithful geyser, Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone Lake, Hayden Valley, the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Fountain Paint Pots and Mud Pots, as well as several other geyser basins. Make many stops throughout the tour for wildlife viewing opportunities and utilize the binoculars and spotting scope provided to see animals that are further away. Keep a look out for bison, grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, moose, elk, eagles, mule deer, pronghorn, fox, coyotes, and more. Take easy walks along the various boardwalks throughout the park for scenic views of the area. Enjoy a picnic-style lunch that will be served by your guide.

Yellowstone & Grand Teton: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tours

8. Yellowstone & Grand Teton: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tours

Don’t miss a thing as your favorite audio tour narrator guides you throughout Yellowstone and Grand Teton, to not-to-be-missed viewpoints, along with fascinating stories, tips and directions, along the way. Follow the suggested itineraries, or divide the commentary and create your own half, full or multi day sightseeing trips. America’s first National Park - Yellowstone, continues to awe visitors with amazing geothermal features; geysers, boiling mud, fumaroles and hot springs that are abundant throughout the park, as well as spectacular mountains, lakes, canyons and rivers. It is also home to a diverse range of wildlife including grizzly bears, bison, wolves, elk and pronghorn. Grand Teton National Park serene beauty is a fantastic contrast to the volatility of Yellowstone. With perhaps even better wildlife spotting opportunities and fewer visitors vying for that perfect image. Major Highlights: Chapel of the Transfiguration Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone Grand Prismatic Spring & Midway Geyser Basin Jenny Lake Lamar Valley Mammoth Hot Springs Menors Ferry Moose Wilson Road Mormon Row Norris Geyser Basin Old Faithful & Upper Geyser Basin Signal Mountain West Thumb Geyser Basin of Lake Yellowstone Yellowstone National Park As you drive the Grand Loop Drive, you’ll appreciate the geology 101 recap to better understand the popular geothermal wonders like Old Faithful in the Upper Geyser Basin and Grand Prismatic Spring in the Midway Geyser Basin, while you're guided to some lessor visited areas, that are equally stunning. See why it’s considered a megafauna location with the largest concentration of mammals in the lower 48, and uncover the story behind how a tiny Yellowstone bacterium helps solves crimes. And visit the historical remnants of the pioneering settlers on their forge West and the visit the location of one of the most popular images help to promote the concept of National Parks. Grand Teton National Park Grand Teton National Park is a tranquil contrast to its immediate neighbor to the north, Yellowstone National Park. It completes an epic road trip with dramatic mountainscapes, animal sighting, historic ranches and cabins, all easily accessible by vehicle. The journey starts as you drive through any of the four main entrances, continuing along the loop that includes the 26/89/191 highways along the Snake River to experience the entire park driving route. Along the way we discover how the Teton Range are some of the youngest mountains in the world, but with the oldest rocks. Relax and soak up the panoramic views of the Teton Range and surrounding valleys as we cruise to the elevated summit on Signal Mountain. You’ll also hear the stories of settlers and ranchers as you wander alongside homesteading era structures at the Mormon Row Historic District, such as TA Moulton Barn, and at JP Cunningham Cabin. And of course you'll head to Jenny Lake, where you can board a scenic shuttle boat and hike the many popular trails.

Yellowstone: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

9. Yellowstone: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

Don’t miss a thing as your favorite audio tour narrator guides you to not-to-be-missed places of interest in Yellowstone, with fascinating stories, tips and directions along the way . Set your own pace, but enjoy a fun, informative and entertaining experience. Follow the suggested itineraries, or divide the commentary and create your own half, full or multi day sightseeing trips. Yellowstone National Park spans nearly 3,500 square miles and it features picturesque mountain landscapes and some of the most iconic natural attractions in the United States, including perhaps the most well-known, Old Faithful. Major Highlights: Artists Paintpots Fountain Paint Pot Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone Lamar Valley Mammoth Hot Springs Grand Prismatic Spring & Midway Geyser Basin Mud Volcano Norris Geyser Basin Old Faithful & Upper Geyser Basin Roaring Mountain Soak in Boiling River Tower Fall West Thumb Geyser Basin of Lake Yellowstone America’s first National Park, Yellowstone, is high on many adventurer’s road tripping list. It’s not hard to see why; amazing geothermal features that are abundant throughout the park, spectacular mountains, Yellowstone Lake, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and rivers. And a diverse range of wildlife including grizzly bears, bison, wolves, elk and pronghorn. The audio tour will help prioritize the must-see places vs suggestions, based on your time and interest. Along the way, you’ll enjoy a little thermal geology 101 lesson so you can better appreciate the plumbing behind the features you are viewing, such as Mammoth Hot Springs’ cascading travertine terraces. Plus, hear stories of wildlife behaviour and their habitat, for when you are quietly watching animals in Hayden and Lamar Valleys. And check off the most important landmarks in the area like those in the Upper Geyser Basin, location of Old Faithful, and Midway Geyser Basin with Grand Prismatic Spring and nearby Norris Geyser Basin. Plus many other stories, tips and directions that will help enrich your Yellowstone National Park experience.

From West Yellowstone: Lower Loop Active Van Tour

10. From West Yellowstone: Lower Loop Active Van Tour

Watch wildlife with high-powered spotting scopes and binoculars from the comfort of a van with large windows. Learn all about the area's history and nature as you go. Get picked up at 7:00 AM at your lobby and head out alongside the Madison River. Watch the sky change colors as the morning light hits the mountains. Enjoy a light morning snack and a hot drink of coffee, tea, or cocoa. Hike for just over a mile to the overlook at Grand Prismatic Hot Spring. Marvel at Yellowstone's most photographed hot spring. Next, head for the Historic Old Faithful Inn. See the Old Faithful Geyser erupt and explore the historic building. After the eruption, settle down in a nice picnic spot for lunch. Then, stop to view wildlife in the Hayden Valley along the Yellowstone River. Move onto the final stop at Artist Point to view the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone's Lower Falls. Watch the waterfall plunging over 300 feet in a canyon of bright reds and yellows.

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Really amazing tour, I was on my own so it really helped being in a group and having the comfort and ease of being picked up at my hotel and dropped off that evening. Our guide Ben was amazing, so kind & knowledgable. We saw everything you could possibly see in Yellowstone in one day as well as Grand Teton! Ticking off two national parks in one day was really special and we saw Elk, Moose, Bison & even a Grizzly Bear at the end. Ben went above and beyond to make sure we made the most of our day! The breakfast and lunch were GREAT additions too, so nice to have that all taken care of. Amazing day from start to finish.

We are so glad we purchased this audio tour, and it was a fantastic way to experience Yellowstone, national park, especially his first timer. The narrator walked us through each stop, and there was no point that we were worried about getting lost or not being able to follow the map. We loved all of that information shared as we passed each attraction. Definitely recommend this to people visiting the park!

Ben was absolutely amazing! Such a knowledgeable person who's so pleasant and helpful He was truly a good guide-he showed us around but at the same time let us do our thing and explore. He drove really well and took us to all the good spots. We helped us spot all the amazing wildlife around us.

Great couple of days exploring Yellowstone with small group and very knowledgeable guide Rohan. Lots of awe-inspiring sights and learnt a lot about the history of Yellowstone natural wonders.

We enjoyed our tour, our tour guide Chance was very knowledgeable, and we were able to see everything we wanted to.