Salt Lake City, Utah to Yellowstone Road Trip

Hit the highlights from Great Salt Lake to Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, returning through Craters of the Moon and south Idaho. Along the 1,398 miles, find ancient history and the best Americana.
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The Snake River east of Idaho Falls

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Jumpstart this fantastic road trip in Salt Lake City where the mountains shoot dramatically from the valley floor, framing this bustling city. Discover the city's emerging hip restaurant scene and visit Temple Square to learn more about your family history. 

From there head east for adventures in beautiful Park City. Then head north to Cache Valley to catch a glimpse of life during the pioneer days. 

Head to Idaho Falls for a dose of culture and explore the Americana in towns like Rigby, Ashton, Driggs and Victor, including The Spud Drive-In Theatre. 

Cross into Wyoming and experience Jackson, the gateway to Grand Teton National Park. Farther north, you'll discover Yellowstone National Park. 

From the park, head southwest to Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho, Sun Valley, Boise and Twin Falls before reaching City of Rocks National Reserve en route to Salt Lake City.

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Start: Salt Lake City, Utah

Snowbird Tram

Photo by Adam Barker courtesy of Visit Salt Lake

Dispelling 6 Salt Lake City Myths
So you think you know Salt Lake City? We bet you don't know about it's thriving beer scene and five more surprises.
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Temple Square in Salt Lake City

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6 Places to See in Temple Square in Salt Lake City
Explore the square's sprawling 35 acres and uncover your own family's history, as well as that of Utah before you head out on your road trip to Yellowstone.
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Northern Utah

Zipline point of view over Park City, Utah

Visit Park City

The Best Kept Secret in Park City, Utah
Utah’s Park City is known for its amazing ski resorts, but summer is its best-kept secret. Here are four reasons to stay in this gorgeous town in warm weather.
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Blacksmith at the American West Heritage Center. 

Photo by Mike Bullock courtesy of Cache Valley

Utah's Time Machine in Logan and Cache Valley
Experience the pioneer days at the American West Heritage Center. In the summer enjoy the "Heart of the Arts" during the Utah Festival.
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Eastern Idaho

Dancers at the Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival

Fort Hall Casino/Shoshone-Bannock Hotel

Native Experience at Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & Fort Hall Casino
The Shoshone Bannock Hotel offers a spa, a gift shop selling Shoshone-Bannock crafts and a place to watch your favorite sports team. Plus, it’s next to the Fort Hall Casino.
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Taking a selfie at the Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot

Courtesy Idaho Potato Museum

Get a Potato Selfie at the Idaho Potato Museum
Discover the stories behind this unsung hero of a vegetable including VP Dan Quayle's potato incident.
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Idaho Falls sunset


Fall into the Local Scene in Idaho Falls
Discover what to do in Idaho Falls with its vibrant historic downtown, a lively cultural scene and the largest regional airport near Yellowstone and Grand Teton.
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Discover Steampunk at the Museum of Idaho
Interact with "futuristic" inventions that 19th-century thinkers like Jules Verne and Isaac Singer envisioned.
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Driving through a free-range bear habitat

Courtesy Yellowstone Bear World

Drive Through Yellowstone Bear World
All kinds of animals—including wolves, elk, deer, mountain goats, bears and bison—roam throughout this outdoor playground, which you can see from your own car.
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The Spud Drive-in Theater in Driggs

Photo by Nick Cote

Curbside Attractions in Idaho’s Yellowstone-Teton Territory
From a drive-in movie to root beer floats, find great Americana in eastern Idaho. Visit the Spud Drive-In, Yellowstone Bear World, and a summer music scene.
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Summer music festival 

Courtesy Grand Targhee Resort

The West Side Story of Teton Valley and Grand Targhee Resort
With so much attention on the east side of the Tetons, leave the crowds behind and experience the top eight things to do on the Teton’s west side.
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Rest Stop at Idaho Campgrounds
Choose from 60 campgrounds on the west side of Yellowstone. Enjoy breathtaking scenery and legendary outdoor recreation.
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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Robert Bateman (Canadian, b. 1930), Chief. 1997. Acrylic on Canvas. 71 x 98 inches. 

Gift of Birgit and Robert Bateman, National Museum of Wildlife Art

The Wild Things are at the National Museum of Wildlife Art
Perched above the Elk Refuge and two miles from Grand Teton National Park, the National Museum of Wildlife Art features more than 5,000 items of animal art.
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Kayaking on Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park

Photo by James Kaiser courtesy of OARS

Fun on the Water in Grand Teton National Park with OARS, Barker Ewing and Grand Teton Lodge Company
With temperatures reaching new highs, figuring out how to stay cool is key to enjoying your summer, especially when you enter Grand Teton National Park.
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Walk across the bridge at the Via Ferrata assisted climbing course - beginners welcome.

Courtesy Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's Adventure at Altitude
Spend a day in Teton Village climbing our new Via Ferrata experience, riding the tram or tackling our ropes course or climbing wall. It's your ticket to fun.
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Rest Stops in Jackson Hole:

Headwaters Flagg Ranch
Located between Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks (2 miles south of Yellowstone National Park), you'll find newly remodeled cabins, RV and tent camping.
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Dude Ranches Near Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
The original all inclusive Western vacation, representing over 100 ranches in 12 western states and two Canadian Provinces.
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Jackson Hole Super 8
This Super 8 is adjacent National Elk Refuge, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and offers rustic luxury with Western hospitality.
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Town Square Inns of Jackson Hole
With four Jackson locations and over 400 rooms and cabins, the Town Square Inns have more options to meet your style and budget than any other area hotelier.
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Grand Teton National Park

The Tetons from Inspiration Point

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Yellowstone's Sister Park, Grand Teton
Located at the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the Rockefeller Parkway connects Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks.
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7 Best Places to Eat and Sleep in Grand Teton National Park
It’s easy to get distracted by the park's world-class views, but don't miss these places at Grand Teton Lodge and Jackson Lake to eat and sleep.
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GyPSy Guide Yellowstone and Grand Teton Tour App
Download the Yellowstone tour app that’s like having a tour guide in your car. GyPSy Guide automatically plays interesting and entertaining commentary as you go.
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Yellowstone National Park

A woman viewing Morning Glory Pool from the boardwalk in Yellowstone

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Enter Yellowstone's South Entrance.

48 Hours in Yellowstone
Only have 48 hours? Make the most of your time by visiting some of our favorite spots in the park including wildlife watching, dining at historic lodges and see geysers erupt.
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Top 5 Vistas in Yellowstone National Park
If you want to feel on top of the world, here are 3 views you must see: Artist Point, Lamar Valley, and the Yellowstone River cutting thru lava spires.
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A Wildland Trekking Guide's Insight to Yellowstone National Park
Ron Bubb, outdoor guide gives the inside scoop of why winter is the best time to visit Yellowstone.
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Exit Yellowstone's West Entrance.

Southern Idaho

Kids enjoy climbing and playing in interesting rock formations at Castle Rock State Park near the City of Rocks National Reserve

Marjorie McBride/courtesy of Southern Idaho Tourism

7 Undiscovered Southern Idaho Gems near Yellowstone
After Yellowstone, dip into southern Idaho to explore attractions, including two national park sites, you won’t find elsewhere.
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End: Salt Lake City, Utah