INSPIRING VIEWS: From Artist Point to the base of the steps on Uncle Tom's Trail, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone National Park is a must-see for any traveler. Sit on a wooden bench and take in what is arguably the best viewpoint of the entire area at Artist Point. Cutting through the peaks is the Yellowstone River flowing from the Lower Falls, described as twice the size of Niagara. You'll quickly realize why millions travel from around the world to sit at this very spot.
SEE IT ALL UP CLOSE: Once you've taken in the view from above, why not get closer to the 63,500 gallons per second (at peak) of roaring river water? Uncle Tom's Trail, with its 300 steps, will give you a viewpoint unlike any other in the park. First built by concessioner "Uncle Tom" Richardson in 1898, the path used rope ladders. Today, the trail involves a series of steep, wooden staircases that descend 500 feet into the canyon below.
MOOSE DROOL: When you're ready to eat, you won't find many high-end restaurants inside the park. Instead, plan ahead. Stop at one of the Xanterra deli's or grocery stores and grab some locally-brewed ale with a few of your favorite foods before you set out for the day's adventure. The YNP app offers a listing of picnic areas with each one undoubtedly offering a first-class view.