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Inspiration Point, Yellowstone National Park

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Inspiration Point is a promontory cliff on the north rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone east of Yellowstone Falls on the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park. The point was originally named Promontory Point in 1878 by W. H. Holmes but later given the name of Inspiration Point by G.L. Henderson, a park concessionaire in 1887. The point is a natural observation point over the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
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  • Great views of the canyon, but you can't really see the falls from Inspiration Point. You can drive here via a short loop, or you can walk the North Rim Trail. 
    Great views of the canyon, but you can't really see the falls from Inspiration Point. You can drive here via a short loop, or you can walk the North Rim Trail.  more »
  • If this was one of those viewpoints that was more than an easy access from the parking area I probably would not recommend it, but given it is easy access, it is a must stop on the north rim. 
    If this was one of those viewpoints that was more than an easy access from the parking area I probably would not recommend it, but given it is easy access, it is a must stop on the north rim.  more »
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  • You can drive till this point or hike from lookout via grand view and reach here. The choice is yours. This is the last point on the northern rim road. We were traveling mid May, hence the parking was not a problem. But there can be limited parking during summer. In a few steps, you can see a beautiful view of the Yellowstone canyon. Takes 10 minutes to see the place and click pictures. You cannot see the falls from here, suggest you drive to Artist point(on the southern rim) for another fantastic view of the canyon along with the lower falls. It's on the opposite side of the canyon.
  • Easily one of the most beautiful places in the park. Look one way and you get a wide view of the falls plus the canyon. Look the other way and you get the river the steep colorful sides of the canyon and the deep greens of growing things. You don't have to be a professional to take amazing photos here, they all come out great!

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