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Grand Prismatic Spring

Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers
Description: Brightly-colored hot spring, the result of algae that live in the water.
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Felton, California
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86 reviews 86 reviews
22 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Whatever you do, be sure and stop and see this geyser/spring. It's a little bit of a walk around the area; however, the colors and size of the spring make it a must see.

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Goleta, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

This spring is so colorful, that you can't take a bad picture. Be careful if it's windy and hold onto your hat. My pet peeve is all the "stuff" that blows into the spring. Enjoy the flat boardwalk out to the spring and take time to checkout the other geyser springs a long the way.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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135 reviews 135 reviews
102 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

People- do yourself a favor, don't bother to go there, if its raining heavily, coz you will see only steam and clouds coming out from the ground and absolutely no color. From the beautiful pics posted here by other travelers, I can't imagine I was at the exact same spot and saw NOTHING.. except, huge amount of steam, clouding the... More

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Ohio City, Ohio
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Look for the times the Park Ranger gives a 20 min presentation on the boardwalk. The visitor center has information. Very interesting.

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Pensacola, Florida
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67 reviews 67 reviews
27 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

An elevated shot of Grand Prismatic would be wonderful, but the thermal bacteria around the edges can be beautiful also. Watch for gusty winds around GP. They will take your hat away!

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We stopped there to see this famous colorful spring, that is really crowded place so had to wait for a parking spot couple of minutes. This spring is really impressive and the steam and white clouds are constantly floating around you and you can barely see something. We were wondering how folks made the pictures with the whole spring, then... More

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Jonesborough, TN
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Grand Prismatic Spring is gorgeous, but as other reviewers have stated, walking along the boardwalk does not do it justice. When we were there, the steam rising from the spring made it impossible to see much. I finally just bought the postcard. Yes, we could have hiked up on the nearby hill, but there's no way we had time for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The drive along all of these basin areas is so worth it! Stop at every one of them! I never knew that formations like these EXISTED! Such nice boardwalks around all of them for walking through the area. Very well done and maintained.

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Vero Beach, Florida
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Yellowstone is one of the most alluring places on Earth. Bright colored springs, boiling mud pots, geysers, wild life. The Grand Prismatic Spring and surrounding area is one of the best sights in the Park. We have visited before Independence Day and after Labor Day to avoid crowds. Just mesmerizing!

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So. Cal.
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19 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

You really can't see or appreciate the wonderful colors of this spring from the boardwalk. You're just too close. Instead, head to the next parking lot south (I think) which is for the trail to Fairy Falls. Just a short way along the trail is a side trail up the hill which is where photographers shoot pictures of the spring.... More

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