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Lamar Valley

Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoors
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

There are hundreds of these beautiful creatures out on the grasslands and often pass and mingle thru the cars. Bring your camera. They also have learning programs for those that are interested in "in depth" exposure

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Langley City, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

The drive through the Lamar Valley is both peaceful and quiet (way less cars) and also more bison in one place than anywhere else in the park (and that's saying something). Also saw multiple times of deer, bald eagles and elk. Didn't see any bears or wolves or moose - though apparently you can if you come at sunrise or... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

If you want to see bison, elk, pronghorn and maybe wolves, this is the place to go. When we were there, the bison were roaming all along (and in) the road, as well as along the riverbank. Pronghorn were also present but more aloof, keeping to the distant riverbank. The scenery is spectacular so it's worth the drive even if... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Just driving along and came across a BISON!!! About five feet away from the car!! Awesome. The valley was beautiful and everywhere you looked it was beautiful!! We were there for sunset and got the best pics!! We even framed some and now everyone wonders where we took them. In yellowstone!!!

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Home to Bison, Elk, Antelope and other smaller beasts, this wide expanse of flat land is appealing and often clogged with vehicles that have stopped to view the wildlife. It's not unusual to have to stop while Bison herds cross the road.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We made the very early morning drive from Gardiner, and it was well worth it. Beautiful views, lots of bison and other wildlife. A must see (early or late in the day) in Yellowstone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

You won't ever see as many bison in one place in your life. One of the coolest things I've ever experienced.

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Salisbury, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Although Yellowstone National Park is huge, we made sure to make it back to Lamar Valley at dusk several times. Not only is the area beautiful, but you're almost guaranteed to see wildlife here. Just be sure to give yourself enough time to get there. From Canyon Village, travel about 20 miles north to the Tower junction and make a... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

This is the main wildlife part of the park but you will need some binoculars if you want to get the most out of it.

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Wilmslow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

If you go to the Lamar Valley, 3 tips are: 1) go early (at dawn) this means staying somewhere local (we stayed in Cooke City just outside the Park) 2) take a good camera and be patient 3) talk to the other wildlife spotters -we wouldn't have known the wolves were wolves without talking to someone, but the sight of... More 

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