This day we drove through Grand Teton and Yellowstone again, and then went all the way to Hungry Horse, MT. We made one new stop in Mammoth Springs in the north of Yellowstone.
Stop 1: Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton is a beautiful National Park with amazing mountains and lakes. We drove through it on our way to Yellowstone and stopped in several places to enjoy the views.
To me Yellowstone was one of the highlights of our trip. There are so many geysers and springs to watch and they are all very different: crystal clear blue water, mud geysers, boiling or erupting geysers. We didn’t do long stops and visited the main part of the park during the day. We did Mammoth Springs the next day. It was snowing both days and luckily there were not many tourists, but it was not possible to see Grand Prismatic Spring due to the heavy steam. Below are pictures from the main places.
Stop 2: Yellowstone West Thumb
Other than beautiful nature there are also many different wild animals around: elks and buffalo are everywhere. Grizzly bear crossed the road in front of us, and there was also a black bear further away.
Stop 3: Yellowstone Old Faithful Geyser
Unfortunately we didn’t see its eruption.
Stop 4: Yellowstone Midway Geyser Basin, Grand Prismatic Spring
Stop 5: Gibbon Falls
Stop 6: Artist’s Point or the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
Stop 7: Lower and Upper Geyser Basin
Stop 1: Salt Lake City, UT
When we arrived to SLC on Friday’s evening we took a train ($2.5) to the downtown area where our hotel was. Our plan was to drink some local beer on Friday night and then pick up a car on Saturday morning. Rental offices work until 12pm on weekends so we rushed to get a car first thing in the morning. Probably because that rental location is not very busy, instead of a standard car we got this:
Then to save some money during our trip we went to Costco to build a stock of food for sandwiches, snacks and water. It was a great thing to do and we always had some quick snacks when we had to drive the whole day and there was nothing around.
Finally, we visited Utah State Capitol and Temple Square and then drove to Jackson, WY.
Stop 2: Idaho Falls, ID
We made a very quick stop here to rest from driving and take a short walk along the river.
In general, I was nicely surprised with the views of Idaho. Everything around looks very green and well maintained. As an example, some of the views on our way:
Stop 3: somewhere in Wyoming
When we reached Wyoming, we were surprised by the weather. We thought that we packed for the wrong season 🙂
Flight: Orange County, SNA –> Salt Lake City; Denver, DEN –> Orange County, SNA
Duration: 10 days
Starting point: Salt Lake City, UT
States: UT, ID, WY, MT, ND, SD, NE, KS, CO
Budget for 2 people: $1953 ($22.5* flight, $500 car rental, $700 hotels, $300 gas, $330 food, $100 other)