The Rockies – Itinerary

Our Rockies itinerary includes a trip starting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and travels up through Grand Teton NP, Yellowstone NP, Glacier NP, a stop in Waterton Lakes NP for breakfast and ends in Banff NP. Most fitting is this included the opportunity to visit both America’s first national park (Yellowstone) and Canada’s first national park (Banff). Overall, this trip incorporated over 1,800 miles, two weeks, five states, two provinces, five national parks and a number of amazing activities (paragliding, white...

Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole

When deciding to travel the Rockies, you have to decide where to start and which direction to go.  And many travelers may break this trip into two separate trips – the southern Rockies (Jackson Hole, Grand Teton and Yellowstone) and the northern Rockies (Glacier, Waterton, Banff and even up to Jasper).  However, we wanted to explore as much as we could so we started in the south and made our way north over two weeks. Since we fly Southwest so...

Yellowstone National Park, Beartooth Highway

Yellowstone is filled with amazing sights (geysers, basins, waterfalls, canyons and more) as well as people.  Lots of people.  There is a reason people from all over the world and the U.S. visit America’s first national park – and you will be surprised by the sheer number of people and foreign languages you hear when visiting.  This is what you might expect when you have so many amazing things to see in one place. One of the advantages of arriving...

Glacier National Park

If you chose to stay in Red Lodge (or even drive straight from Yellowstone), it is a fairly long drive to get to the northern half of the Rockies and Glacier National Park.  On the way out of Red Lodge, you will pass through Joliet, MT and just a mile up the road at 418 E. Front Avenue is the “Skier God Sculpture” which makes for a fun photo-op for your friends as you being your drive. And while it...

Waterton Lakes, Calgary

Since we were driving from Glacier to Banff, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see a bit more of Canada on our drive – especially to see the Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton Lakes National Park as well as what we considered a few unique activities in Calgary (Bobsledding and Zip Lining).  This itinerary will not do justice to everything you could do in these areas but if you are traveling between Glacier and Banff, it does make...

Banff National Park

After a fun-filled day in Waterton Lakes and Calgary, it was time to visit Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park.  While there are multiple options for lodging in and around Banff, we prefer to end our trips in the most relaxing settings we can find and those appeared to be either The Post Hotel – Lake Louise or the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.  The Post Hotel is a bit more remote and less crowded.  However, we have heard friends refer...

Moab, Dunton Hot Springs – Itinerary

We are calling this our “Sand and Snow” vacation as it starts in the deserts and parks of Moab, Utah including Arches and Canyonlands; heads down through the southwest corner of Colorado to Dunton Hot Springs and then on to Albuquerque. What is really great is this trip allows you to plan a lot of unique outdoor activities while seeing some of the most beautiful areas of the national parks, the Colorado mountains and the Southwest. A modification travelers might...

Arches National Park

The best way we have found to describe Moab is it is like you saw and hiked the Grand Canyon – but now you want to go and play in it. Moab is a destination built for playing. The main street is filled with trucks and jeeps hauling motocross bikes, mountain bikes, camping gear, repelling gear, dune buggies and more. Add to that it is home to both the Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park and there are any...