Inspiration Point

Top choice in Yellowstone National Park

A side road branches off North Rim Dr to reach busy Inspiration Point, which offers an overview of the length of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and a small section of the Lower Falls. There are a few steps to descend – and there used to be more, before the old lookout point fell (literally) victim to the canyon’s relentless erosion. The site was renovated in 2018.

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