The perfect view: The Grand Tetons from Mormon Row
Stunning natural scenery. Quirky museums. And a landscape that looks more like the moon than planet Earth. These were some of the sights I saw on part 2 of my journey through the northern Rocky Mountains area. You may have caught
part 1, which involved driving from Bozeman, MT to Yellowstone and three glorious days exploring Yellowstone National Park.
From there, we entered Grand Teton National Park and then drove through parts of rural Idaho, stopping at sights along the route (including Craters of the Moon National Monument!), and turning back north to spend the night In Kalispell, MT before continuing on to Glacier National Park.
Welcome to Grand Teton National Park!
View of the Tetons from hiking trails on Colter Bay
Stopping in at the historic Jackson Lake Lodge for the view and some huckleberry milkshakes
The view from Heart Six Ranch, a dude ranch that was our lodging for the night. Located right outside of the park in Moran, WY, the views were stunning and you can even stay inside a wagon (though I didn’t)
Stunning sunset at Snake River Overlook Day 5
Brunch at the Trapper Grill – delicious and we even went twice because they had so many vegan and vegetarian options!
First hike up the day – crossing Jenny Lake by boat and completing the Hidden Falls trail up a steep cliff.
Jenny Lake from the top of the hike
Ending the day in Jackosn Hole, WY, where the town squared is marked by piles of elk antlers
Delicious Lebanese dinner in Jackson at FIGS: falafel, hummus, pita, baba ganoush, and salad Day 6
Homemade breakfast at Fin & Feather Inn in Victor, ID: Fruit, potato pancakes, vegan peach cobbler, and fresh muffins
Downtown Idaho Falls
I’m from the northeast. This is insane!!
Pit stop at the Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot for fries (obvi), a baked potato, and potato ice cream – all eaten with compostable cutlery made from potatoes!
Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve is in bloom in June with teeny tiny flowers
Teensy flowers growing out of ash
Hiking up the Inferno Cone – walking up a cinder cone with stunning views of the preserve
Views atop the Inferno Cone
A volcano spatter cone (basically a mini volcano that spatters lava). You can look inside!
Lava cascade formations Day 7
Setting out for a long day of driving, starting in Arco, ID, population 1000. This is the number hill, where each high school graduating class writes their graduation year
Driving break at the Sacajawea Center in Salmon, ID
Lunch in Missoula, MT at the Catalyst Cafe. Half a roasted veggie sandwich and half a salad
MT highway 93 has added signs in Salish/Kootenai, the languages of the Native American tribes in the area