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MP3 Waypoint Tours® - Yellowstone Tour

Complete Yellowstone Waypoint Tour® Packages include an Audio CD Driving Tour, Full-Color Maps, DVD Narrated Tour, PC Screensaver, Photo Gallery, & MP3 Audio Tour Files. Waypoint Tours® are educational, entertaining, self-guided travel tours.

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Yellowstone

Welcome to the world’s first national park – Yellowstone! The golden rocks, effervescent waters, teeming forests, meadows and streams of Yellowstone have been dually christened by the United Nations as a World Biosphere Reserve, and as a World Heritage Site. This is North America’s Serengeti, where 1700 kinds of plants sustain 60 mammal and 311 bird species. Here, 150 lakes and 500 streams give birth to the mighty rivers known as Snake, Green, and Missouri, and thrive with 24 species of fish. The generally placid flow of these watercourses is spectacularly interrupted by nearly 300 waterfalls.

Like inverted waterfalls, Yellowstone’s 300 geysers erupt skyward, flying in the face of the old adage, and arguing instead that what goes down must also come up! Less flashy, but equally intriguing, are the geysers’ cousins: hot springs, fumaroles, mudpots and travertine terraces. Few of Mother Nature’s creations can be so abiotic, yet seem so alive, as this diverse group of oddities known as geothermal features. These geothermal features are variations on the physics of boiling water, are ten thousand in number, comprise half of the planet’s total population of geothermal features, and yet are concentrated in the 2.2 million acre square in the upper left corner of Wyoming’s map simply labeled: Yellowstone.

Here, tourism became a science. Here, the U.S. Army defeated extinction by protecting the last of the Bison. Here, big government and big business united to preserve something greater than the revenue it generated. Here, preservation became an ethic.

Yellowstone is the example touted to help justify the establishment and protection of 3600 other national parks in 143 different countries. It’s an adventurer’s dream, meticulously planned. It’s the first and last word of the favorite vacation story. It’s where many first fall in love: with the outdoors, with geology, with wildlife, with history, and with photography. It’s also where you can fall in love with all those same things, for all the same reasons, plus many more. It’s the “every-park” for everyone. Welcome…. to Yellowstone.

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