Road Trip to Yellowstone
Who's on this trip?
We're looking to do a road trip from San Diego to Yellowstone sometime this year. Probably a week long, stopping in Vegas and Salt Lake City along the way. Are there any awesome American tourist trap stops worth seeing? (I'm thinking World's Biggest Ball of Yarn type stuff here.) Any restaurants or hotels in the park you'd recommend? Thanks!
Trip Plan Details
- Jackson HoleJackson, Wyoming, USArecommended Jackson HoleNeat town centered in a valley, great cabins, winter and summer activities, gorgeous mountains & a lot of nature activities available. Good for shopping and walking around town.Recommended for:Veronica Raye
This might be a place to stop for a little shopping or sight-seeing!
- Temple Square50 West North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84150-9709recommended Temple SquareYou must stop by if you're passing through. Very clean, well maintained and gorgeous structures. We were able to walk around and go inside certain buildings. Saw a HUGE organ with the pipes reaching ... read morehigh into the ceiling inside the largest church/temple I have ever seen.Veronica Raye
Very neat to check out.
recommended Devils TowerThis is just amazing. Seems to rise out of the high desert. Unique rock formation that was the set for Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Great for technical climbing.D'Maris Coffman
Well worth doing though it does entail a day's drive across the state.
recommended Monument ValleyDefinitely scenic and a harbinger of things to come from the Arizona side. Keep gas in the car and water on hand! It's on the road from the Grand Canyon to Moab so enjoy the view.
recommended Grand CanyonOne of the wonders of the world. Still has the power to move and to impress. I love Moab and Canyonlands, which are much denser in scenic beauty, but this should be on your bucket list.
- Hole-in-the-WallUT, United States
recommended Arches National ParkI spent my early childhood in Moab and this remains one of my favourite places on earth! Love the playground of the gods. Has to be seen to be believed. It will change your life.
- Dinosaur National Monument4545 E. Highway 40, Dinosaur, COrecommended Dinosaur National MonumentI was obsessed with this place as a kid. One of the highest concentration of dinosaur bones anyway. Vernel Utah can be a bit touristy but the monument is awesome.D'Maris Coffman
Great for kids...
- Craters of the Moon National Monument18 Miles west of Arco on Highway 20recommended Craters of the Moon National MonumentBeen here a couple times. Geology and natural history of the place is cool, as is the human history. Well worth the self-guided tour and it's a beautiful place to hike.D'Maris Coffman
Not exactly a tourist trap, but well worth an afternoon.
- Roosevelt LodgeYellowstone National Park, WYrecommended Roosevelt LodgeI did not stay here, but there is an attached complex with a fair sized general store for camping gear, food, drinks (including booze and beers), plus they have gas and souvenirs. Good place for a pit ... read morestop.
- Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown, CA 92268recommended Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown PalaceIt apparently used to be a pretty tough biker hangout, and they have some hardcore posters on the wall from bands they have hosted in the past. Now it is more of a touristy family joint with a deal ... read moredeal BBQ outback. It has a laidback old wild west feel, with picnic tables outside for having more than a few beers and carrying on if you like. A nice place to stop for lunch on the LA to Palm Springs route. The mac and cheese is tasty.
recommended Mammoth Hot SpringsI defy anyone not to be impressed by this. Layer cake is cliche but covers part of it. Amazing springs. You won't forget them. Nor will you forget the smell!D'Maris Coffman
Pretty sure there is a classic hotel nearby. In fact, I recall having had an elk steak there back in the summer of 2000.
- Old Faithful Snow Lodge and CabinsOld Faithful Bypass Road, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190recommended Old Faithful Snow Lodge and CabinsAlthough it's changed over the years, it still retains the charm of an old national park hotel. The cabins are new if useful, especially in winter. Convenient to all the sites.
- Old Faithful Geyser and Upper Geyser Basin200 Old Yellowstone Trl, Gardiner, MT