The Old Faithful Geyser is one of the most famous attractions in the U.S. Almost every visitor to Yellowstone National Park comes to see it erupt. If you are looking for summer family vacation ideas, Yellowstone should be at the top of your list. It is located in the Upper Geyser Basin which is home to the majority of the world's active geysers. It received its name because of its frequent and regular eruptions. The interval between eruptions varies from 45 to 120 minutes. Each eruption lasts 1.5 to 5 minutes during which boiling water is shot up to 180 feet into the air. While we stayed at the historic inn, we observed several incredible eruptions, which varied greatly in height.
While most visitors come primarily to see this famous attractions, there are numerous other beautiful geysers just steps away. The area features an elaborate system of boardwalks which allow visitors to admire geothermal features from a safe distance. During the peak season from June to August, the area is saturated with tour buses and cars. Everybody stops at the inn to see its impressive 7-storey lobby, shop at the gift shop, check on eruption predictions and eat lunch. In the summer, be sure to wear sunscreen, a hat and drink plenty of water.
Wildlife frequents the area, attracted by the warmth of thermal features during the cold nights. It is important to keep a safe distance and follow all ranger warnings to make your vacation a safe one.
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