Yellowstone National Park
They called it “Colter’s Hell” when John Colter, the first white man to explore what later became Yellowstone National Park, told tales of steam bursting from the earth. Today it’s a vacation paradise, where trout rise as freely as eruptions from Old Faithful. For the angler, there’s Yellowstone Lake, the Yellowstone River, and Slough Creek for cutthroats; the Madison, the Firehole, and other waters for browns, rainbows, and brookies. Sightseeing leads to cascading waterfalls, bubbling cauldrons, spouting geysers, and a wonderland of wildlife, including gray wolves. Rest in campgrounds or in any of the lodgings in and outside the park. 307-344-7381; www.nps.gov/yell.