Yellowstone National Park

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Some 140 years ago, the world’s first National Park was declared, paving the way for the future of environmental conservation everywhere.

Named Yellowstone National Park, its 300 geysers make up more than two thirds of all those found on earth. In fact, there are more than 10,000 volcanically-charged thermal features, giving Yellowstone its strange landscapes akin to those of another planet.

The super volcano responsible for all this activity is one of the biggest in the world and its eruptions – which occur every 600,000 to 900,000 years – are among the most violent on the planet.

The last eruption was 640,000 years ago and its effects left a blanket of ash that covered much of North America, altered global weather patterns and led to the extinction of many species.

Ravaged by deep cold winters, the landscape becomes a battleground of survival as bears hibernate, bison and elk roam the plains and packs of gray wolves relentlessly hunt. Springtime brings new life and tourists – around 3.5 million – and you can join them on Globus’s 11-day Classic Lodges and Parks of the West tour, priced from $2329.