My husband loves Yellowstone National Park, it's probably his favorite national park. I have to admit, it offers a stunning variety of things to see and do. But it is a lot of driving (which can be hard on little ones). It also takes several days making it a vacation in itself rather than a weekend or a stop along the way (I think that is why my husband likes it so much). National reviews frequently pit Yellowstone against the Grand Canyon as the two best parks in the states and possibly the world. The argument is always the one hit breathtaking grandeur versus the multiple unique features Yellowstone offers. And Yellowstone offers a staggering number of things to see and do. Here are some of our favorites.
#6--Visitor Centers--The fact that Yellowstone offers 3 major visitor centers (each with a different emphasis) shows how varied and large this park really is. For museum kids (like mine) that like to learn, explore, and touch, these visitor centers provide an incredible education and an air conditioned break from walking along boardwalks or riding in the car. Some even feature a junior area for younger children with plenty of hands-on opportunities. Ambitious families can do the junior ranger program (which is more difficult to earn here because of the vast park size) including attending a ranger program (which can be highly enjoyable).
#7--Chief Joseph Plaque--this is one of the many hidden gems of Yellowstone (the petrified trees, horseback riding, the obsidian cliffs, the 45th parallel line sign are other great ones). This particular plaque made my list because it highlights the peoples of Yellowstone. Learning of Native Americans growing up, I had heard the story of Chief Joseph but as an adult I could better appreciate the cat-and-mouse game between the army and his people through the canyons and geysers of Yellowstone (with 2000 horses). As you drive through, be sure to stop at a few of the signs to learn what most people miss.
#9--Hiking/Nature Walking--Like most national parks, a few hikes allows a more intense exploration of nature. Yellowstone offers plenty of family friendly hikes including the miles of boardwalk along the geyser basins, Norris, and mammoth, hiking to observation points of upper and lower falls, the mud pots, the artist paint pots, the boiling river walk (with swimming at the end), and too many to list.