Day 2: From SLC to Denver

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.

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

 

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

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.

Yellowstone West Thumb

Yellowstone West Thumb

Stop 3: Yellowstone Old Faithful Geyser

Unfortunately we didn’t see its eruption.

Yellowstone Old Faithful

Stop 4: Yellowstone Midway Geyser Basin, Grand Prismatic Spring

Yellowstone

Yellowstone Grand Prismatic

Yellowstone Grand Prismatic

Yellowstone

Yellowstone Grand Prismatic  Yellowstone Grand Prismatic

Yellowstone Grand Prismatic

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Stop 5: Gibbon Falls

Yellowstone Gibbon Falls

Yellowstone Gibbon Falls

Stop 6: Artist’s Point or the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Artist's Point

Stop 7: Lower and Upper Geyser Basin

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

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Day 3

Day 1: From SLC to Denver

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:

Idaho

Somewhere in Idaho

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.

Salt Lake City Utah State Capitol

Utah State Capitol

Salt Lake City Temple Square

Salt Lake City Temple Square

Salt Lake City Temple Square

We can be wedding photographers too 🙂

Stop 2: Idaho Falls, ID

We made a very quick stop here to rest from driving and take a short walk along the river.

Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls

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:

Idaho

Idaho

Idaho

Idaho

Stop 3: somewhere in Wyoming

When we reached Wyoming, we were surprised by the weather. We thought that we packed for the wrong season 🙂

Wyoming

Wyoming

Wyoming

Wyoming

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Day 2

9 States and 6 National Parks in 10 Days: Yellowstone, Glacier, Badlands and Much More

Flight: Orange County, SNA –> Salt Lake City; Denver, DEN –> Orange County, SNA
SLC to DenverDuration
: 10 days
Mileage: ~3200
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)
Map

  • Day 0: flight from Orange County, SNA to Salt Lake City, SLC; night walk in the downtown
  • Day 1: explore Salt Lake City, UT; drive to Jackson, WY via Idaho Falls, ID (300 mi, 5 h)
  • Day 2: explore Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park; stay in Jackson, WY
  • Day 3: continue exploring Yellowstone; drive to Hungry Horse, MT (550 mi, 10 h)

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