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Many of the national parks in the West offer amazing accommodations – historic hotels and lodges built at the beginning of the 20th century. Many from the list below were coming of age at this time. Train travel made America’s national parks more accessible, creating the need for accommodations within or nearby. Spending the nightat a national park lodge isn’t cheap, and the amenities one might expect at that price point are… Read More

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[Yellowstone National Park, WY / Grand Teton National Park , WY/ Jackson Hole, WY] As we went South towards Grand Teton today, we made one last stop in Yellowstone. The West Thumb area is a smaller caldera within the larger Yellowstone caldera, and it’s named that because it’s an offshoot of Yellowstone Lake that looks like a thumb. As we walked along the boardwalk, I noticed a couple of trees just a… Read More

[Yellowstone National Park] Today was our last day in Yellowstone, and Mother Nature finally smiled upon us with our first fully sunny day since we got here on Monday. And it was not too soon, as we were waiting for the weather to clear in order to hike Mt. Washburn, the park’s most popular trail. The hike was not too strenuous – 1400 ft elevation in just over 3 miles. What made… Read More

[Yellowstone National Park] Today’s plan was to sleep in, then go for a horseback ride at 1 pm. We’d been getting up early all throughout this trip, so it was about time we didn’t wake up to an alarm – we are on vacation, after all! We had a late breakfast at our hotel, where I had the best pancakes ever – huckleberry pancakes. They were crispy on the outside, nice and… Read More

[Yellowstone National Park, WY] Did you know that there is a Grand Canyon in Yellowstone? I didn’t either. Everyone seems to associate Yellowstone with Old Faithful, so I was surprised to find out that there is a canyon in here. The 20-mile Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is 1000 ft deep and 3/4 mile wide. Trails and roads flank both sides of the canyon. Trails and overlooks allow access to the 109-foot… Read More