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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, Outdoors
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Owner description: Brightly-colored hot spring, the result of algae that live in the water.

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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

visited grand prismatic spring on our holiday in August it is a truly beautiful,very special and unique place, like being on a different planet, a great place for wonderful photos the colors are spectacular . Defiantly recommend anyone visiting Yellowstone to stop hear, it is located on a short boardwalk, the Excelsior crater is also located on this board walk... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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29 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Up close it is hard to see the beautiful colors. We hiked fairy falls and from that trail there is a point where you can climb up a hill (very steep) and get the view that appears in photographs. The color from above the prismatic spring is well worth the climb. It is very steep so I would not recommend... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Our tip is to climb up the tall hill on the Angel Falls hike and then you have a spectacular view of the Grand Prismatic Spring and the whole basin. It's a steep climb. Great for photos. The Spring is unbelievable with its colors. The boardwalk around the Spring doesn't have as good of a view. Then, the Angel Falls... More

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
34 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Loved this place to the core. Not too much of hiking. Really a lot of steam at this place. So much that you can't even get to see the rainbow colors of the spring. But that doesn't mean you will be disappointed. A relaxed walk in this steam will be good enough to rejuvenate you. The Excelsior crater next to... More

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Boca Raton, Florida
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297 helpful votes 297 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This is the largest hot spring in the United States and the third largest in the world. A rainbow of colors is imparted to the spring by bacteria. A great natural wonder that provides a wonderful photo opportunity.

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Rochester, New York, United States
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Some of my favorite pictures of my multi state, multi park trip this summer came from this attraction. The colors are out of this world!

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New York City, New York
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I loved the charisma of this Spring, however I didn't know I can hike up to get a better view of this amazing spring. If I go in the future I will surely hike up to get a great view. I am heartbroken to not have read other comments before I went. I had so much time in two days... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We visited Yellowstone with our teenage daughter. She has never forgot this trip! My husband and I were blown away by the beauty of the Grand Prismatic Spring.

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Menlo Park, California
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41 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This is a must see that we nearly missed because someone at the reception desk at Old Faithful Inn said we'd never see it like you see it in postcards and tote bags, and whilst that is true it is still an incredible site. You will get glimpses of all the colors when the steam shifts.

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Makawao, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This was one of the top things on my list when we planned our trip. We went several times, trying to see it as it is shown in the amazing photographs. The first day, there was so much steam from the Spring that we couldn't see anything- almost couldn't see the walkway to get there. There isn't a good vantage... More

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