The road trip of my dreams — Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Arches, Canyonlands. Hitting 4 national parks and multiple state parks. Exploring Wyoming + Utah the best we can in 10 days. Here is our WYOMING + UTAH ROAD TRIP ITINERARY.
The positive in all of this pandemic chaos is the fact that it slowed international travel and forced my lens back on my home country. Sometimes I forget just how huge the USA is and how driving state to state everything from the scenery to the culture changes. Now I have a goal of visiting every one of the 50 states.
This specific route is heavy on driving, so if you rather only drive shorter legs, you’ll need more days! We started in Denver, Colorado since Hannah lives there but you can save some driving by flying in closer to the Grand Tetons.
DENVER,CO >>> DUBOIS, WY.
6 hours 38 minutes — 7.5 hours with stops.
The majority of campsites in//around National Parks are first come, first serve so we knew we wouldn’t make it to Grand Tetons or Yellowstone and find a spot so we stay 1 night in Dubois, Wyoming at the KOA campsite.
Make sure to stop at a Walmart before getting too deep into the mountains to stock up on reasonably prices food + gear. This is where we got our air mattresses for the tents, all groceries, and extra hiking gear. This was perfect because we packed up at 6am and caught sunrise on the way into Grand Tetons National Park…
DUBOIS, WY >>> MORAN, WY.
1 hour 14 minutes.
… AND scored the best camping spot we’d camp in this entire trip :: spot 38 @ Signal Mountain. We spent two nights at this campsite and explored Yellowstone and hiked Delta Lake over those two days. Day 1:: We drove through Yellowstone, saw Old Faithful — and to be honest it felt like Disney. It was a one & done type of attraction. Checked off the Bucketlist. BUT the next day, we headed to Delta Lake via Lupine Meadows access. One of the highlights of this trip.
Hiking up to Delta Lake is the #1 thing to do in the Grand Tetons, imo. ProTip:: buy bear spray before getting into the National Parks because it was sold over e v e r y w h e r e and we ended up with none until at the top of Delta Lake a really nice older lady gave us one of her three canisters after overhearing us saying we have none.
TETON COUNTY, WY >>> JACKSON HOLE, WY >>> SALT LAKE CITY, UT
1 hour >>> 4 hours 37 minutes. 6 hours 15 min with stops.
We left early to go grab breakfast at Cowboy Coffee Co. in Jackson Hole. First, one of the best breakfasts we had the trip ((tied with Garage Moab)). Second, I wish we had at least a full day in Jackson Hole. It is the most charming town nestled in between the Teton and Gros Ventre mountain ranges. If you have more time than we did on this leg of the trip, definitely spend a full day or two there. There is so much to explore.
We ended up driving right through Salt Lake City to head to the Bonneville Salt Flats for sunset. Worth it. But was another hour and a half of driving! So get your road trip playlist ready.
+ 1 hour 31 minutes.
After watching one of the most beautiful sunsets in the Bonneville Salt Flats we took a break from our tent and stayed in a hotel in Salt Lake. Met up with soem friends for breakfast the next day before heading to Zion.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT >>> ZION NATIONAL PARK, UT
4 hours 24 minutes. 5 hours with stops.
Under Canvas Zion was my first experience gaming and I am in love. Don’t get me wrong, I love true camping ((with our air mattresses)) and being in nature. But Under Canvas was dreamy. Tucked away in a secluded red rock valley in Virgin, Utah — this was the best stargazing of the entire trip. ALSO, the food was incredible and there were even complementary s’mores at night. We all know good food + sugar wins me over.
We were here for two nights and would wake up before sunrise to get into Zion National Park early. Some musts:: hike the Narrows. Rent canyoneering boots + neoprene socks + trekking poles. It made all the difference. They also have a shuttle that gets you into the park earlier than the regular park shuttle so you can enjoy the Narrows before droves of people are trekking with you. It will be crowded either way, but our way back was significantly more crowded than our way up the canyon.
&& YES there is a cyanobacteria boom in the Virgin River — but we did it, and lived. Ceara and I even got some of that toxic water in our eyeballs. HOT TAKE:: Angles Landing is the most overrated hike. Pretty. But Overrated. Granted, we were there when the chain portion was closed so that may be why we felt this way.
We all know I’m a crazy foodie so… in Zion there are a few places you must eat. First, Oscar’s Cafe in Sprindale right outside of Zion Nat. Park. INSANELY good + large portions of Mexican//American. Possibly the best burrito I’ve ever had. Could’ve been shared. Easily. Next up, River Rock Roasting Company. Great views, free wi-fi and THE best cinnamon roll you’ll ever have in your life. And an honorable mention to FeelLove Coffee right near the entrance of the park. They have imaginative lattes that are worth then money.
ZION, UT >>> MOAB, UT
5 hours. 5 hours and 30 minutes with stops.
We hiked the Narrows this morning super early, grabbed lunch then drove to Moab, Utah. We stayed at another KOA campground, but there are so many accommodations in Moab so you’ll have options. Moab is situated in the middle of the triangle of beautiful parks:: Arches, Canyonlands, Mount Waas. Arches National Park was spectacular, but then again each day of this trip just got better and better so it’s really hard to play favorites. Arches is a park you drive through to explore and we didn’t even get to see all of it during our two days there.
We hiked up to Delicate Arche which is a must. A hike that is 100% worth the hype. You feel as if you’re hiking around Mars. Our start time was 5am since we ended up having the worst nights sleep due to wind and our tent overheating… Still one of the best days. Hiking up in the pitch black and having the sunrise reveal the new scenery made if one of the best hikes I’ve ever done.
Make sure to catch sunset at Dead Horse State Park which is a 40 minute drive from our campsite. Also, make sure to grab coffee + food at Moab Garage Co. I miss it already. Pasta Jay’s was also a great spot for dinner in Moab if you’re looking to carb load for your hikes. Hannah wanted to stop at the Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage and I am so grateful she wanted to because that is the only reason we ended up at Red Cliffs Lodge. Right on a bend of the Colorado River, this lodge also has their own horse stable. My only regret is not horseback riding while there. But I will be back!
MOAB, UT >>> DENVER, CO
5 hours and 27 minutes. 6 hours with stops.
Our road trip was a full circle but you can save some driving by scheduling your flight home out of Moab! Let me know if you use this itinerary!! It was truly one of the best trips I’ve been on and made me realize I need to explore more of our own beautiful country before hopping back in to International travel.
If you use our itinerary please let me know and tag me on instagram because I would love to see/hear your thoughts on it. I loved this trip so damn much and it was so nice to take a break from being surrounded by so many people all the time and be out in nature. Shoutout to Ceara because she truly put together this entire WYOMING + UTAH ROAD TRIP ITINERARY. I also vlogged daily on this trip do if you want even more detail on one of my favorite road trips, check out my youtube channel! youtube.com/laynefable
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