The Best Places to See Wildlife in AmericaFrom bison in Yellowstone to manatees in Florida, amazing animals are closer to home than you think


When it comes to setting sights on an animal in Yellowstone National Park, "it's always an opportunistic kind of thing," says Dr. Con Slobodchikoff, professor of biology at Northern Arizona University. But head to the Mammoth Hot Springs or Lamar Valley areas of the park, and if you're lucky, you'll come across a herd of bison along the roadside. Snap-happy tourists, keep your distance! The stoic creatures, whose herds numbered in the thousands during the Old West era, are far from tame.