David and I had a great time visiting Montana and Wyoming.
Even though it was a longer drive, I’m so glad we entered Yellowstone National Park from the Northern entrance as it was such a peaceful introduction to the park. There was no one in line waiting to get in and we had a lot of the scenic drive all to ourselves.
A highlight of our trip was getting off the beaten path into the heart of Yellowstone for a day of fly fishing in the alpine rivers.
As we made our way to Jackson Hole and Grand Tetons National Park we drove by hot springs, lush forests, snaking rivers, geysers (including the famous Old Faithful of course) and beautiful valleys.
We were also fortunate enough to see elk, bison, deer, and even a grizzly bear in the distance.
It was obvious why Ansel Adams was so inspired by this place.
We were particularly excited about our night “glamping” with Under Canvas in Yellowstone.
As soon as we arrived a wicked storm moved in and the camp was temporarily evacuated. It ended up being an exhilarating experience and not an inconvenience at all as there was a great restaurant on site called the Bar N Ranch.
And yes, it does look like what you’re imagining. A quintessential western ranch where we were able to take refuge, enjoy a bottle of wine, take in the view, and watch the storm roll in.
It ended up being one of our favorite afternoons and it was nice to be forced to slow down.
Arriving in the Tetons was magical. We went on a spectacular hike called Cascade Canyon Trail.
In Jackson we stayed in a beautiful hotel called the Rusty Parrot that put out warm chocolate chip cookies in the afternoon and put a unique chocolate with a poem on your pillow during turndown service every night. Are you kidding me?
We had so much fun poking around the town, popping into art galleries and looking at all the fancy western attire at the local boutiques. We enjoyed cocktails at the classic Million Dollar Cowboy where you sit in saddles at the bar…
Had a charming dinner at Café Genevieve (where we splurged with a side of mac n’ cheese)
And indulged in a lovely brunch at Persephone Bakery (where I was getting major It’s Complicated décor vibes).
Finally, after a day of white water rafting on the Snake River it seemed appropriate to celebrate surviving with a flight of local beers at Snake River Brewing.
What a great trip! Have you ever been to the Grand Tetons or Yellowstone? Do you have a favorite National Park? I love them all, but so far I think Grand Tetons is mine.