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West Thumb Geyser Basin

Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers
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Orlando, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

My husband and I were pretty surprised to find this beautiful place so deserted. After having visited the Fountain Paint Pot trail, which was very busy, we were expecting a bit of a crowd. There was no one there, though, so we broke out the tripod and decided to take this trail especially slow. It was our last evening in... More

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London, United Kingdom
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53 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

A smaller, less active basin but nevertheless fantastic views over the lake and some great geothermal features. Well worth a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Thus basin of beautiful colors sits in front on the yellowstone lake and what a beautiful backdrop for the colors of this basin.

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New York City, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Absolute beauty! You will get to see different color basins, all at one place. Besides these colorful basins, you get amazing views along the lake. Don’t miss to see small craters and holes emitting hot water, along the west basin trail. It’s easily doable for any age group.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

I don't even know how to express how beautiful this place was! Natural beauty every inch! The lake was so pristine and had tiny volcanos in the middle of it bubbling away.......the boardwalk allowed you to walk down the waters edge and along the lake....the colors are so vivid and amazing! GORGEOUS and a serious experience!

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Waterloo, Iowa
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We traveled to West Thumb Geyser Basin on our recent trip to Yellowstone. Parking here was poor as there were few spots and lots of car. Once we got a spot, we realized there weren't actually very many people on the boardwalk viewing the sights. The thermal features were easily accessible via a boardwalk. Not only did we get to... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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103 reviews 103 reviews
23 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

You can see colorful pools, springs, mud pots and the wonderful Yellowstone lake. Beware...some are bothered by the sulfur smell.

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Texas
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We were amazed at the beauty of this place! You are right on the lake - and it's beautiful. The walk around the basin is shaded. We saw and learned a lot about the area. I really liked the fact that it was not so crowded and you could meander and look as long as you liked.

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

WE overlooked West Thumb in favor of other thermal areas the first couple of trips to Yellowstone. Mistake! Not the largest but definitely the most unique with geysers right in Yellowstone Lake. It doesn't take long to walk the boardwalk, much of which is right along the lake shore. Lots of wildlife also. Check it out.

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Chicago, Illinois
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51 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Next to this huge lake you will find a number of geysers, boiling springs and mudpots. The wildlift are attraced to this area and the scerery is worth the stop itself.

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