As an in-house writer for Off the Beaten Path, a good chunk of my day is spent researching travel destinations – reading magazine articles, perusing traveler reviews, gaining insight from travelers’ blogs, and speaking with locals. And whether I’m writing about Sedona, Steamboat, San Francisco, or Silver City (New Mexico, in case you didn’t know), […]
Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are the focus of this journey, sitting side by side, yet offering such complementary landscapes and opportunities. The combination of prolific wildlife, unique geothermal activity, and sheer beauty is simply unmatched.
From Bozeman, a trip along the Yellowstone River through the Paradise Valley leads us to our first stop, Yellowstone’s Mammoth Hot Springs. Before checking in to our accommodations, we’ll stroll the boardwalks around Mammoth’s subtly beautiful travertine terraces. Get to know about the park’s wildlife and history with a visit to the Albright Visitor Center. Wake early to begin the journey to the heart of the park, where we settle for two nights. With an eye out for wildlife – always! – we travel over Dunraven Pass, stop at the dramatic Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, look for wildlife in Hayden Valley, and follow the shores of Yellowstone Lake to Old Faithful. There will be time before and after dinner to catch an eruption of Old Faithful Geyser.
Our next day is all about gushing geysers, colorful thermal pools, and bubbling mud pots. Next stop, Jackson Hole, where the craggy Tetons cast their shadow. From a wonderful lodge in town, we spend days hiking in the Rockefeller Preserve, boating across Jenny Lake, strolling around the Jackson Town Square, and floating a scenic stretch of the Snake River.
With a greater understanding of the essence of Yellowstone and Grand Teton, board flights home from Jackson.
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