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Exploring Nature: Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks

Road Trip Route. Visit the main attractions of Salt Lake City, Walk around the Utah State Capitol, Admire springs of the most famous Yellowstone National Park, Explore unique wildlife.

If you have long dreamed of visiting Yellowstone, this scenario is just for you! Your trip begins with Salt Lake City, visit the National Museum of Utah, explore the sights of the city and discover the local cuisine. The scenic route runs through a worth visiting nature reserve, which offers the great opportunity to see the largest herd of elks. Visit one of the most beautiful natural parks, Grand Teton. Enjoy walks in virgin nature and the tranquility of untouched lands here. One of the main points of the route is the legendary Yellowstone Park! This is a huge caldera, hidden under the ground. Geysers and hot springs bursting out of the ground, and you have a great opportunity to see this natural wonder for yourself!

Uninhabited Nature. From: Salt Lake City

Alexander Popov. Blogger.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: Arrival in the City

Today you stay at one of the Salt Lake City's hotels. You have several hours to start exploring the capital of Utah before getting your room. A detailed acquaintance with the city will begin tomorrow, and today you can walk along its center and explore important architectural structures.

Capitol Hill

The Utah State Capitol was built in 1912 and, for more than a century of history, its appearance has remained almost unchanged. The state legislature building looks particularly majestic due to its elevated position. Today, an important architectural structure is framed with well-kept square with fountains and lawns, and if you want to take a long walk, go to Memory Grove Park, located across from the Capitol.


Get a reservation in the Valter's osteria, as there are a lot of people who want to get to this place. The restaurant offers the most exquisite dishes of traditional and author's cuisines, and the service has been kept at a very high level since its opening. Look the place up if you're in Salt Lake City.

Day 2: Discover Salt Lake City

Tomorrow you are going to have a long journey to Yellowstone. Spend the first day in the city: visit the State Museum, the Capitol and the square. The city cannot be explored in a day, but you will see its most important sights.

Eva's Bakery

This is a family bakery founded in 2014. The facade reminds one of the many Parisian shops and brings a piece of France in Salt Lake City. In addition to desserts and various pastries, the facility offers a variety of sandwiches. The chefs make the dough themselves, so the pastries here are always fresh and tasty.

Natural History Museum of Utah

The idea of the museum was born in 1959, when the University of Utah faculty committee decided to gather natural science collections in the same place. The opening took place on the campus of the State University in 1963. In 2011, the museum moved from the former George Thomas Library to a new building. The new Utah Natural History Museum project embodies a mission to illuminate the natural world through research, education, mutual cultural experience and human participation in the present, past and future of region and world. It contains more than 1.5 million exhibits. Also in the building are modern research centers providing both higher and postgraduate education at the University of Utah.

The Park Cafe

The Parc Café was opened in 1984 and since then has been preserving the tradition of cooking delicious food and providing high-quality service. It was created to share the love of food with Salt Lake City. Traditional family recipes refined by the chef pass from generation to generation. The facility devotes itself not to fashion trends in cooking, but to simple food prepared from the best ingredients.

Liberty Park

One of the oldest parks in Utah has long been popular with residents and visitors due to its historical charm. The park was built in 1882, with a total area of 100 acres (40 hectares) and is one of the largest in Salt Lake City. This is a place of outdoor recreation for thousands of people, with beautiful trees, shrubs and clean mountain air. In Liberty Park, you can take a break from everyday worries, enjoy the freedom and beauty of nature, historic environment and momentous moment.

Temple Square

Temple Square is much more than just a square. This is a collage of fascinating history, unique architecture and fine cuisine. The Salt Lake City Temple Square is Utah’s most popular tourist destination. It's brought together about 20 attractions related to the history and genealogy of Mormon pioneers, including the Salt Lake City Temple and the Family History Library. Tourists can see all or most of the sights in a relatively short period of time. During the year, various performances, events and theatrical performances take place on the square. On the official Temple Square website is an event calendar for more details.

Red Rock Brewing Co.

Red Rock Brewing Co. has proved itself to be one of the leading brewing companies in the country and received the "Large Brewpub of the Year" award in 2007 according to the results of the "Great American Beer Festival". The bar offers a wide range of beverages produced by the company and other representatives of the industry.

Day 3: Let's Hit the Road!

Now, the moment you've been waiting for. It's time to hit the road! Check you've got everything. Before the departure, go to the store and buy some food for the day, because there could be no cafes on your way. Get to Jackson by nightfall. This is an intermediate stop on the way to the park. A small city, but an important part of the history of Wyoming.

Sprouts Farmers Market

The store has its own mission, it sells products that are minimally processed and do not contain artificial flavors, colors, preserving agents and synthetic ingredients. The company sells organic products and cooperates with only those suppliers who strive to be environmentally friendly and organic. Buy plenty of food and water for breakfast and the road.

Big Cottonwood Canyon

Enjoy the fresh mountain air, pristine mountain lakes, streams and beautiful forests in 20 minutes from Salt Lake City. Big Cottonwood Canyon is home to two world-class ski resorts (Solitude & Brighton), legendary climbing routes, backcountry skiing routes, hiking and cycling routes, and is also a great picnic spot. Keep in mind, this canyon supplies the Wasatch Front with drinking water, so dogs or other pets are not allowed. In the mid-1800s, the miners of the Old West were searching for gold and silver ore here in hopes of making money. Ruins of old mines can be seen on the slope serpentine paths.

Bear Lake Overlook

Bear Lake, which is located on the border of Utah and Idaho, is a favorite place for outdoor recreation and residents of nearby cities. The surrounding area looks very impressive: the water surface, dense forest and mountains. The viewpoint nerby offers the best view of this natural beauty.

Elkhorn Arch

The World's Largest Elkhorn Arch contains over 3,000 moose antlers! The arch is 75 feet wide and 18 feet high. It is located above the four lanes of highway 89 in the city center. The idea of ​​placing elk horns on the main street was initiated by the members of the Chamber of Commerce in the early summer of 1956. Most of the horns came from Jackson, Wyoming. The arch was completed in July 1958, and its cost was about $ 2,500, the money was raised by the members of the Chamber of Commerce through contributions and donations from citizens. An informative sign at one end states: To duplicate this arch at today's prices, you have to spend over $ 300,000 on antlers. Near the arch is a free spring water dispenser - a bonus for tourists.

Jackson Town Square

George Washington Memorial Park, commonly known as Jackson’s Town Square, is the cultural and commercial center of the city. Four main entrances are decorated with large arches made from deer antlers. The first antler arch was built in 1953, the arch was periodically destroyed and rebuilt because of natural phenomena effect. In the center of the park there is a stone monument to the famous mountain explorer John Colter. The Town Square is surrounded by local businesses of all kinds, including restaurants, art galleries and retail stores. In the summer months you can enjoy a variety of activities and ride horses here.

The Blue Lion

Have a good meal after a long trip. In Jackson, one of the best restaurants is The Blue Lion. The history of the facility began in the 70s. In 1974, Maury Holmes bought a house and turned it into a restaurant called "The Tourist Trap". Karen Scott bought it from Maury in 1976 and founded The Blue Lion. The place is very popular with the locals and they often recommend it for visiting. Please note that on Wednesday the restaurant closes a little earlier, at 9:00 pm, on other days it is open until 10:00 pm.

Day 4: Grand Teton National Park

Visit the Grand Teton National Park before getting to the main point of our route. This place is also a nature reserve, same as Yellowstone. There are no geysers here, but there are beautiful mountain landscapes and wildlife. Spend a day at this place to fully enjoy the beauties of the Teton Mountain Range and the Jackson Hole valley.


Go to the store in the morning. If you haven't had breakfast at the hotel, buy some food, perhaps ready-made, to eat before departure. Also, take some food and plenty of water for the day, as there could be no places to eat on the road. You can also have a nice picnic in the national park, in the fresh air!

National Elk Refuge

The National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole was created in 1912 to preserve part of the aninamls' traditional winter habitat. Today, thousands of animals winter in the refuge. Elks come here from high meadows in autumn, usually after the first snow and stay here until spring. One of the most popular ways to explore a refuge is to take a ride on sleigh. Tours that take place from mid-December to early April last for about an hour and offer seeing animals. When there is enough food, elk go to their usual habitats - 30 percent to Grand Teton National Park, 30 percent to Gros Ventre, 25 percent to Yellowstone National Park and 15 percent to Teton Valley. So you can see no elk here in the warm season, but you can enjoy the stunning landscape of the valley.

Grand Teton National Park

Towering above the valley, pristine lakes and alpine landscape, the Teton Range is a monument to people fought to protect it. These are the mountains from which the creation of the Grand Teton National Park began. Open year-round, the park provides visitors with a variety of outdoor activities, including wildlife watching, photography, kayaking, fishing, hiking and cycling. Most travelers come to the park in summer. At this time of year there is the opportunity to explore the wildlife. Bison, elk, bears and bighorn sheep live here. In the autumn, Grand Teton turns into one of the most picturesque places on the planet. Stunning shades in the landscape of the park provide the opportunity to make great shots. A winter stay will also be full of emotions. You can ski, walk on snowshoes guided by the caretaker, or go explore the snow-covered roads and trails. Spring is a beautiful and quiet season. This season is the migration of wild animals. When the temperature starts to rise, moose move from the National Elk Refuge to the park, and the buffalo and deer begin to move to the summer grounds.

John Colter's Ranch House

One of the best facilities in the area, according to the rating and reviews of visitors. You can have dinner here after a busy day and a long walk.

Day 5: Natural Wonder

Today you are going to visit Yellowstone, the legendary nature reserve, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the morning, go to the store and spend some time on the shore of Jackson Lake. Have breakfast here and continue your journey.

Colter Bay Convenience Store

Buy water and food for the day in a shop near the visitors centre. Take a coffee and a sandwich for breakfast and some snacks for the road. In addition to food products, travel items are aslo sold here: batteries, camera memory cards, etc.

Jackson Lake Overlook

Jackson Lake is located in Grand Teton National Park in northwestern Wyoming. It is one of the largest alpine lakes in the United States, at an altitude of 6772 feet above sea level. It is worth staying here to enjoy the landscape and the water surface, stretching for miles.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is the first and main national park of America. It was created in 1872 by the United States Congress, to preserve its many wonders and to show them to people. A treasure that inspires travelers from all over the world! In addition to the magnificent rocky mountain landscapes, the park is one of the main reserves, which is inhabited by many animals. It is also the site of the greatest concentration of geysers and hot springs in America and around the world. The park is open all year round, but some months are particular good for visiting. In July and August, the park attracts the largest number of tourists. May, June and September are somewhat less popular, since the weather at this time can still be cool.

Old Faithful Geyser

Discovered in 1870 by the Washburn expedition, the geyser owes the name to its frequent and somewhat predictable eruptions. Old Faithful is located in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone, in the southwestern part of the park. The viewing area is equipped with benches for the convenience of visitors, a large parking lot and a ranger station to watch the eruptions, measure their height and calculate the time until the next one. Intervals can range from 60 to 110 minutes. Old Faithful varies in height from 100 to 180 feet, and the eruption itself usually lasts from 1.5 to 5 minutes.

Grand Prismatic Spring

One of the stunning attractions offered by Yellowstone is the Grand Prismatic Spring.The Grand Prismatic Spring owes its name to the Hayden Geological Survey of 1871, but has been discovered earlier. The first mention of this place dates back to 1839. With a depth of 160 feet, the Prismatic Spring is the largest in the United States and the third largest in the world. Why is the spring painted in such rainbow colors. Water has different temperature rings and each ring populates its own types of thermophilic bacteria, the color of which varies depending on the heating of water. Therefore, spring shades tend to change with the seasons, becoming more intense in the summer months and less intense in the winter.

Artists Paintpots

Artists Paintspots is a site located 3.7 miles south of the Norris Geyser Basin on the west side of the park. It is a 1.1-mile loop trail that surrounds a hydrothermal area on a hillside, passing through discontinuous mud pits, boiling hot springs and eye-catching milk-blue puddles. You can walk around on the boardwalk. At the top of the loop trail, you can watch the hydrothermal slope of the hill and the pine forest, vapor over the streams of boiling water that flows into neighboring Gibbon River.

The Raven Grill

If you have food left after a lunch picnic, you can find some picturesque site and have dinner. Or, after a long hike through the park, enjoy a cozy cafe, service and comfort. There are not many specialties, but you can order elk or bison steaks. On Sundays, the restaurant closes one hour earlier than usual, at 9:00 pm.

Day 6: On the Land of Fire

Figure 8 route through the park passes through the most interesting places to visit. Today, you continue to explore Yellowstone, and if you're lucky, you can see bison or moose grazing in the valley. Also, in the reserve are several souvenir shops, where you can buy gifts to friends.

Gardiner Market

According to the tradition, buy some food for the day, so as not to waste time on lunches and enjoy nature to the maximum.

Mammoth Hot Springs

You should definitely visit the Mammoth Hot Springs, as they differ from other thermal areas. This is largely due to limestone, which is a relatively soft rock type, which allows travertine formations to grow much faster than others. In Yellowstone, every year rain and melted snow seep into the ground. Water is heated up quickly by the magmatic formations heat. After moving through the underground "water supply system", hot water rises through small cracks and interacts with gases. When part of the carbon dioxide is dissolved in hot water, a weak carbon dioxide solution is formed. This solution interacts with limestone. Under the influence of air, a part of carbon dioxide is released from the solution, and limestone is converted into a solid mineral called travertine.

Tower Fall

Tower Fall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls on Tower Creek. Near the parking above the waterfall there is a viewpoint offering an amazing view of the rushing water. Here you can see the rocks that name the creek and the waterfall itself. In old photographs, on the very edge of the waterfall was a huge boulder, which fell in June 1986. If you just go down the trail about 1 mile, you can have a look at the waterfall underneath.

Artist Point

One of the most photographed attractions in Yellowstone National Park is the Artist Point. The observation deck, which offers panoramic views of the Grand Canyon Yellowstone and the waterfall. The place owes its name to the belief that Thomas Moran painted his famous painting of the waterfall in 1872 here. It was later established that the suggestion was erroneous, but the name stuck.

West Thumb Geyser Basin

Located on the shore of the lake, this geyser basin is one of the smallest, but the most picturesque in the park. In addition to geysers, the basin also has hot springs, mud pits and fumaroles (holes in the earth's crust, which generates vapor and gas). This is the smallest, but the deepest basin in Yellowstone, its dark green waters make it look bottomless.

Frostop Drive In

Passing the fascinating landscapes of the national park, you get to the highway and follow the small busy towns. You see a noticeable Fropstop Drive In sign near the road. This restaurant is perfect for dinner. The service is always friendly and, what is more important, fast! You can dine indoors, or get some food to go. The menu is extremely simple: burgers, toast, milkshakes and other goodies.

Day 7: Way Home

If you have some time left before your flight, visit another place on the way to the airport, the reserve, where the grizzlies and black bears live. Meet the inhabitants of the park and have a meal in a cafe on site. The road to the airport is quite long, so be sure to take plenty of water and food.

Yellowstone Bear World

One cannot conceive of rest in the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks without visiting the amazing place where bears and other wild animals live. This, of course, is Bear World Park. Drive through the territory in your car, watch moose, deer, bison, and grizzly bears, the kings of this park, walking by.