Attractions

Natural wonders aren’t the only attraction in the Yellowstone area. Visit a wildlife center or historic site. Mine for gems or fossils. Or learn at a visitor center or museum.

Apatosauruses and other dinosaurs roamed Wyoming

5 Top Places to See Dinosaurs in Wyoming

Discover the Wyoming landscapes and dinosaurs that inspired Disney-Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur on your next trip to Yellowstone National Park.

Jackson Hole Aerial Tram from Teton Village.

6 Big Adventures at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Right next to Grand Teton National Park, spend a day on the Via Ferrata experience, riding the tram, tackling the ropes or biking and hiking downhill.

Yellowstone Hot Springs pools

A Serene Soak at Yellowstone Hot Springs

Just eight miles from Yellowstone's North Entrance, these naturally hot pools feel surprisingly remote and far from the park’s crowds.

Chuckwagon dinner at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Smithsonian-Affiliated 5-Museum Complex

Watch your dinner get prepared at a chuckwagon. It’s one of many experiences at this Smithsonian-affiliated complex that’s home to world-class exhibits.

The Buffalo Bill Dam near Cody, Wyoming

Buffalo Bill Dam near Cody, Wyoming

During dam construction, workers had staged Wyoming’s first labor strike. The project also had a role in relocating persons of Japanese ancestry during WWII.

Gun in Yellowstone

Cody Firearms Experience

Experience the West through firearms at Cody's premier shooting experience. First-time shooters encouraged.

Dinosaur skeletons at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center in Thermopolis.

Dig This at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center

At of the best dinosaur museums in the world, locate the prehistoric dinosaurs beneath Thermopolis on a Dig for a Day adventure.

Drive through a free-range bear habitat at Yellowstone Bear World

Drive Through Yellowstone Bear World Near Rexburg, Idaho

All kinds of animals—including wolves, elk, bears and bison—roam throughout this outdoor playground. See them from your own car.

West Yellowstone Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center. Photo by John Williams.

Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

Complete your vacation to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks by visiting the not-for-profit Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, Montana. Observe live bears and wolves in naturalistic habitats.

Girl and guard tower at Heart Mountain Relocation Center

Heartbreak at Heart Mountain, a World War Two Japanese American Confinement Site

This center was one of 10 camps in remote, isolated locations where more than 14,000 Japanese Americans were confined behind barbed wire.

Old Bedlam at Fort Laramie National Historic Site, where bachelor officers lived. Photo by Jim Bowen via Flickr

Historic Sites in the Greater Yellowstone Area

Visit forts, monuments, historic buildings, and battlegrounds of the old west in Wyoming, Montana, Utah, and Idaho.

Sifting through rock in search of Montana sapphires.

Hunt for Sapphires in Montana

Montana’s many colored sapphires, mined since 1892, are found in the famous placer gravels near Philipsburg. You can mine your own at several locations on your Yellowstone vacation.

Idaho Museum of Natural History

Idaho Museums

Visit the Rexburg Teton Flood Museum and the Idaho Museum of Natural History.

Posing for a selfie at the Idaho Potato Museum

Idaho Potato Museum Southwest of Yellowstone

Get a great selfie next to a giant potato and discover the stories behind this unsung hero of a vegetable including VP Dan Quayle's potato incident.

Photo for illustrative purposes only. Forrest Fenn's treasure box measures 10x10 and is hidden above ground.

Is Fenn's Treasure Hidden in Yellowstone?

Please don't dig or bring a metal detector into the national park. It's illegal and Fenn says it's above ground. Happy hunting!

Antler Arch in Jackson, Wyoming's Town Square by Grant Ordelheide

Jackson Hole’s Elk Antler Arch Tradition

The four elk antler arches guarding the corners of Town Square, have been featured in thousands of family photos over the years.

Dinosaur at the Museum of the Rockies. Courtesy photo

Jurassic Discoveries at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman

Jack Horner grew a dinosaur collection into one of the biggest in the country, but few know the story of the pioneering woman who co-founded the museum.

Digging for fossils in Wyoming. Photo courtesy of Fossil Basin

Lost in Time in Kemmerer, Wyoming's Fossil Basin

Fossil Basin is a 52-million-year-old graveyard that preserves an ancient underwater world of fish, turtles, crocodiles, insects, mammals, birds, and leaves

A young visitor experiments with one of Archimedes's creations at the Museum of Idaho

Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls

On the way to Yellowstone, encounter  world-changing inventions by a Greek mathematician.

Bighorn sheep in Yellowstone. Photo by NPS Jim Peaco

National Bighorn Sheep Center South of Yellowstone

You can see wild sheep year-round at Whiskey Basin. Visit the National Bighorn Sheep Center in Dubois, located near Yellowstone Park South Entrance.

Art from the National Museum of Wildlife Art. in Jackson Hole. Courtesy photo

National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson

Perched above the Elk Refuge and two miles from Grand Teton National Park, the National Museum of Wildlife Art features more than 5,000 items of animal art.

Teepee sunset at Wind River Hotel & Casino

Native Excursions at Wind River Hotel & Casino

Have a Native experience. From seeing Native American dances to rolling the dice, there are a number of things to do at the Wind River Hotel & Casino.

Dancers at the Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival

Native Experience at Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel

Browse the gift shop selling Shoshone-Bannock crafts, watch your favorite sports team at the lounge and score a hotel room down the road from Yellowstone.

Yellowstone-Pan-for-gold

Pan for Gold in Montana and Wyoming Near Yellowstone

Don’t miss Gold Rush Days and hunting for treasures in the historic gold and sapphire mining towns of Wyoming and Montana when you travel to Yellowstone.

The Sacajawea gravesite flanked by the graves of her two sons, Bazil and Jean Baptiste.

Sacajawea's Controversial Wyoming Gravesite is Off-The-Beaten-Path

In 1804, Lewis & Clark chose Sacajawea as their guide and interpreter. Read about her controversial life and the debate about where she is buried

Hunt Scene petroglyph along Nine-Mile Canyon National Backcountry Byway, near Price, Utah. By Scott Catron

See Ancient Rock Art Petroglyphs Near Yellowstone

Petroglyphs and pictographs - some 12,000 years old - can be viewed in the Yellowstone region. Sites are in Wyoming, Utah, and Montana.

St. Stephens Mission Church

St. Stephens Mission on the Wind River Reservation

In the mid-1800s, the U.S. Peace Policy called for religious men to teach Christianity to native tribes. Visit the still-active St. Stephens Church decorated with Native American art on the Wind River Reservation.

Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. Courtesy photo

Top Museums - 6 On the Way Plus 2 Inside Yellowstone

Get out of the car and learn something at these amazing museums on the way to the park. Plus... two museums inside Yellowstone.

Wyoming Territorial Penitentiary Prison

Tour an Old Wyoming Prison

The lure of historic prisons is irresistible to travelers, and visitors to the Yellowstone Park region won’t be disappointed.

Utah Field House Dinosaur Garden in Vernal. Photo by InSapphoWeTrust

Utah Museums

Visit museums in Salt Lake City an Vernal for planetariums, dinosaur history, and western heritage exhibits.