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Address: Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Description: Brightly-colored hot spring, the result of algae that live in the water.
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An awesome sight to behold.

Impressive, but very very popular. On our first trip, it was snowing and there was so much steam we couldn't see the spring at all. This time we were able to walk the boardwalk... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Houston, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Impressive, but very very popular. On our first trip, it was snowing and there was so much steam we couldn't see the spring at all. This time we were able to walk the boardwalk and see the spring, but it's a very crowded place.

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Fargo, North Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Once again, this is an attraction which more than lives up to its name. It is grand, it is undoubtedly prismatic, and it is surely a spring. For those who do not care to look up words on their own, I am happy to tell you that the word prismatic means in this context "(of colors) varied and brilliant". We... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

When you find this geyser, stay and suck in the beauty of it. Although it is better to see it from afar.

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Surprise, Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The Grand Prismatic and the Excelsior, etc. definitely worth seeing. It is also not a lot of walking, which will make you happy.

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Olivia, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Grand Prismatic Spring is impressive from the boardwalk, but wait until you see it from above and can really see the whole thing instead of a cloud of steam! Start from the Fairy Falls trailhead and walk until you are on the backside of Grand Prismatic and then look for the trail that goes up the hill. There are a... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is an impressive enough hot spring from the ground, with its amazing color that is reflected in the rising steam; however, if you get an opportunity, hike up the ~1mile round trip trail to see it from above! The trailhead is just south of the spring on the right hand side. It is a small parking area, and there... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is totally gorgeous!! Very popular so make sure you go early or late, but if not, be prepared to wait! We got very lucky and drove straight in and got parked but when we were leaving there was a queue of around 10-12 cars waiting to park! The colours are amazing!! Don't miss it!!

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Parking was tricky. We had to maintain a self controlled holding pattern until we saw a spot open up. The day we visited, the steam was especially heavy, but when it would part and we were close enough, what we saw was amazing to behold. Definitely worth a quick walk over the boardwalk, but be patient waiting for that parking... More 

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Redmond, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

It may have been packed with people, but it was worth shuffling with the herd to see. Beautiful colors and visual effects from the steam, and my skin was grateful for the mini-steam bath effect as well. Expect it to be crowded, but a definite must see.

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Austin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This spring blew my mind...it's huge and SO colorful. We climbed up the near hill to look down on it (strenuous/steep climb, but worth it!)

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Address: Address: Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Location: United States  >  Wyoming (WY)  >  Yellowstone National Park

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