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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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Surat, India
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

The Grand Prismatic Spring is the most beautiful natural wonder I have ever seen in my life. The colours are just stunning. The opportunity to walk just besides the spring makes it more interesting. It is better seen from above, so it is suggested to hike to the Fairy Falls trails around the spring and enjoy the view from above.... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Of course you have got to see Old Faithful, but I was most impressed with this hot spring. An acre of steam and beautiful colors from the thermophilic bacteria. Absolutely incredible. Like a different planet.

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London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

WAY too manly coaches full of tourists disgorged at the parking site left to run and shout there way around the site. Don't view this from the official site. Do yourself a favour: get a proper view from one of the surrounding hills. If you only see one hot spring - this is the one to see! Get up early... More

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Baltimore, Ohio
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I was super excited about seeing Grand Prismatic Spring..... but there were 2 things that prevented me from getting a good look at it: 1)It's really steamy. We were there when it was rather cold, so the hot temps of the spring were putting off a lot of steam. 2)You really need to be up high, not just at the... More

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Fredericksburg, Texas
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The steam kept us from seeing as much of the colors as we would have liked... and also got in the way of our photos. But, hey... that's just Mother Nature ;)

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New Hampshire
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This wasn't as pretty as you would think it was covers in cloudy air type if a thing apparently you have to go on a different trail to see it from above and that's where you can see the real view

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Kelso, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

It really is an amazing place with something different round each corner. We were there in October and with the wind chill it was freezing so wrap up. It is a bit smelly but you soon get used to it the colors are stunning.

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Fredericksburg, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This was so colorful it was hard to believe it was all natural. We were not aware of this particular feature of the Park, and so it was a very pleasant surprise. One of our favorite memories of our visit to Yellowstone..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The colours really come out in hot weather when there is less steam coming from the water. We turned up on a cold, grey day and it was still impressive. While it looks good from the edge it looks even better from above! We would recommend pulling in before the spring if you are going north and after the spring... More

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Markham, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

To me, grand prismatic spring is the #1 attraction in YSNP. The best view is to hike 1.25KM from the Fairy Fall parking lot and go up the hill there. It is not an easy climb, not recommend for kids 10 years or younger. But the breathtaking view is completely worth it. You should also feel it close by via... More

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