March 1st, 2022 marks the 150th anniversary of Yellowstone National Park… celebrate by going on a Yellowstone self-guided driving tour!
The history of America’s first and oldest national park goes back to the late 1800s. Shortly after the end of the American Civil War, a Union army doctor named Ferdinand Hayden began a geological survey in the West. Hayden was struck by the spectacular geothermal vents and scenic vistas. He knew that this place needed to be protected from private ownership… but that would not be easy, for a country bent on Manifest Destiny.
So Hayden did something pretty smart: he brought along a photographer and landscape painter to show the president exactly what was at stake. It worked! Grant was greatly moved by the stunning images. On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the The Act of Dedication into law.
Ever since then, Yellowstone has been a beloved vacation destination and adventurer’s paradise. With a self-guided driving tour, you won’t miss anything that the park has to offer: from the reliable geyser Old Faithful, to the colorful shores of Grand Prismatic, to the oldest and biggest herd of bison in the entire country. The GPS-activated app will give you turn-by-turn directions to each landmark, and fills in the space in between with exciting stories. You’ll learn everything there is to know about the volcanic activity under Yellowstone, the diverse ecosystem created by the hot springs, and tales from the national park’s early days.
Along the way, you will hear quotes from actual explorer’s journals from the 1800s. Imagine what it must have been like to traverse this alien landscape with no idea what was going on. These early pioneers were mystified by “boiling lakes” and “ghostly waterfalls.” A guided tour would have come in handy for them!