It's a pandemic! We flew on a plane! Travel shaming is real. Anxiety is real. I bought 3-ply masks with a filter insert for this trip. We are camping most of the time, which makes me *feel* safer. Delta thankfully keeps the middle seat empty, when other airlines don't.
Flight: $220/pp (GRR <> MSP <> JAC)
Car Rental: $708
Per Person Total: $1,186
Flying into Jackson Hole is GORGEOUS. Small airport with mountain views.
We landed around 7pm, met Sara, grocery shopped at Albersons for camping since there's not a ton of food options due to covid. Also bought bear spray (necessary!), and stayed at Alpine Motel ($195).
DAY 1: EAST YELLOWSTONE
Download the Gypsy app for Yellowstone & the Grand Tetons! The narrator tells you history and facts about the park as you pass each talking point in the park, and even tells you places to stop at! It is super helpful, fun & informative.
Lewis Falls Canyon
West Thumb Basin
Yellowstone Lake Hotel
Storm Point Hike
Lake Butte Scenic Drive
Mud Volcano Area
Set up camp at Canyon Campground
Hayden Valley for Sunset
DAY 2: EAST TO WEST YELLOWSTONE
Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
Canyon Village for Food
Uncle Tom's Trail
Set up camp at Madison Campground
Norris Geyser Basin
DAY 3: NORTH YELLOWSTONE
On our way to Mammoth Springs:
Big white boulders
Mammoth Upper Terraces Area
Mammoth Hot Springs
2 things we couldn't do due to a road closure:
Back to campground to change into swimsuits & find the Firehole River.
Drove down Firehole Canyon Rd.
DAY 4: SOUTHWEST YELLOWSTONE
Today was all about geysers. Geysers for days.
Fountain Paint Pots
Grand Prismatic Spring
Fairy Falls Trailhead
Black Sand Basin
Old Faithful Inn
Set up camp at Grant Village
DAY 5: GRAND TETONS
40 minute drive to the Grand Tetons.
We splurged on Colter Bay Cabins for 2 nights and checked in.
Drove to the top of Signal Mountain
Mount Moran Turnout
Turned right on a dirt road to Spalding Bay
Jackson Lake Lodge - closed for 2020
Jenny Lake Loop scenic drive
Saw Moose off Pilgrim Creek Rd
Sunset at Oxbow Bend
Afterwards, we actually did laundry at the Colter Bay Laundromat.
Colter Bay is the only place that offers take-out food in the park that isn't packaged, so we're happy we stayed here.
DAY 6: STRING LAKE & LEIGH LAKE / COLTER BAY AREA
Woke up intending to hike Hidden Falls & Inspiration Point, but we realized it was really foggy/cloudy/smoky. So, Plan B.
String Lake & Leigh Lake
Lakeshore Trail at Colter Bay
Hermitage Point Trailhead to Swan Lake
Colter Bay Restaurant
Schwabachers Landing for Sunset
DAY 7: JENNY LAKE AREA / HIDDEN FALLS & INSPIRATION POINT
Jenny Lake Campground
Hidden Falls / Inspiration Point
Moose Visitor Center
Teton Point Turnout
Snake River Overlook
Blacktail Ponds Overlook
Dornans for Dinner
DAY 8: TAGGART LAKE / TETON VILLAGE
Woke up at Jenny Lake Campground to an angry chipmunk who flung onto the tent into Pete who jumped 10ft in the air.
Moose Wilson Rd. to Teton Village
Checked into Elk Refuge Inn
Snake River Brewing
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