When my forever-adventuring mother initially suggested the trip, I thought, “Palm Springs?” It seemed out of left field, as our family trips typically revolve around National and State Parks with lots of hiking. After visiting, I can see why she was so excited to travel to the Coachella Valley. Each day was a special treat […]
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, where we’ll stroll the boardwalks around Mammoth’s subtly beautiful travertine terraces and get to know about the park’s wildlife and history with a visit to the Albright Visitor Center. After, we’ll check into our accommodations nearby.
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 look for rainbows in the waterfall mist at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and watch for bison, coyotes, elk, and maybe even a grizzly bear in the Hayden Valley. Things heat up with a day of exploring Yellowstone’s colorful hot springs, bubbling mud pots, and spouting geysers.
Next stop, Jackson Hole, where the craggy Tetons cast their shadow. From a wonderful lodge, 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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