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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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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This site is something to behold because of what the volcanic eruptions have created. This site looks like a rainbow of colors that you could image of being hot or deadly but it is. Beautiful to see.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

In order to really see Grand Prismatic Spring, pass the MIdway Geyser Basin parking lot. Instead, go a little south and take the Fairy Falls trail. About 1/2 mile or so along the trail, you'll see some paths on the left that go up a hill. Climb up this hill and you'll be treated to a spectacular view of Grand... More

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Midland, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This was so amazing. The colors were unbelievable. There was so much to this location. The boardwalk was fun to walk though a little tight due to the crowds.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

You can't really see this in all its glory from the boardwalks. You really need to go hike the Mystic Falls trail (which runs behind the basin) and go up one of the spurs just behind the spring to look down on it. That view is incredible.

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Ambler, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We were a little disappointed when we walked up to the Grand Prismatic Spring -- you can't really appreciate the color from ground level. Then my daughter saw a hill behind the GPS, so we drove south from the Midway Geyser Basin (toward Old Faithful), and pulled off at the next parking lot on the left. Walk back the gravel... More

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Escanaba, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This is one of the sights that I wanted to see. Although I seen it from the trail to fairy falls. Made it about half way up and had a spectacular view. If you do go on that trail be sure to wear tennis shoes or hiking shoes. We wore flip flops and constantly had to stop remove the small... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Believe it or not, we missed this on our first trip! So for 3 years, my family gave me so much grief! This trip, finally made it! We went about noon, crazy parking lot! Oh my, I recommend earlier!!! Beautiful rainbow colored steam rising up from the Spring?

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

One of the most beautiful things we saw in the park. If you don't stop at every location, make sure this is one you don't miss. The only thing that made us all a little nervous was that there were no railings on the walkways and tons of pushy people.

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Round Rock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Very unique and interesting as are the other hotsprings in the same area. Even the steam rising from the spring has a prismatic color variation. Easy walk around a boardwalk to view several very lovely hot springs.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I loved these springs. The colours were amazing. It's a very picturesque area. Definitely worth seeing when you're in the park.

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