Travel Diary: Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone, & Denver


This summer I took a 2+ week trip out west for days filled with national parks and beautiful sites to see. As predicted, I took lots of photos of these amazing places and thought I would share them with you. If you haven’t seen the first travel diary of Glacier National Park click here to have a look. And here is the 2nd part of my trip: Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone, and Denver!

We made the drive from staying in Idaho for the night to Grand Teton. It was a stormy day when we arrived and it even started snowing! This was the view from the drive to the cabins we were staying in.

This was the view from the main lodge where we were staying. It was amazing to wake up every morning and see this on the way to breakfast. The first full day we were there it was raining so most of the day was spent sitting in the lodge admiring this view.

Most people go to Yellowstone and completely ignore Grand Teton, but what they don’t know is it’s actually close to get to Yellowstone from there and the least crowded entrance. On the second day we made the way to explore Yellowstone. We saw Old Faithful, and explored the various hot springs which we terrifying because there were barely any barriers and people would constantly bump into you.

We then took a hike down to see the canyon in Yellowstone and got to see the most beautiful waterfall leading into it.

We then made our way back to Grand Teton after spending the day exploring, and stopped by this beautiful lake to get some dinner.

On the third full day we were there we set out on a hike to get us the closest to the bottom of the mountains/glaciers as we could.

We wound up taking a 4 hour hike up and into the mountains where we hiked through rain and snow to see the beautiful views!

After spending 3 full days in Grand Teton/Yellowstone we made the drive to the final destination of our trip- Denver. The first full day we drove an hour outside to go on a train ride tour for an early fathers day.

We spend Fathers Day exploring Rocky Mountain National Park.

A few of our days were spent exploring Denver and falling in love with the city.

And on our last night there we took the drive to Idaho Springs, which is this cute little town. We went here solely to have Colorado style pizza, which if you don’t know is where you eat the pizza, and then break off the crust (which is made to be very high) and drizzle honey on it and eat for dessert. It was honestly one of the best things I’ve ever had!

And sadly that was the end of my trip! The last 24 hours including traveling turned out to be where everything went wrong, but it was still one of the best trips I’ve ever been on. I hope you enjoyed this look at my trip, and be sure to give part one a look and let me know where you’re traveling this summer!

2 responses to “Travel Diary: Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone, & Denver”

  1. Kim says:

    Wow the nature out there is SO beautiful. These national parks are definitely on my bucket list for the near future. How was hiking while wearing Adidas? Was it okay? I wanted to get them for my fianc√© but he insists they are for fashion and not for actual outdoor activity, but honestly I don’t know!

    • Kara Callahan says:

      I loved hiking wearing the Adidas! I tried hiking in my Vans but I found the Adidas to be way more comfortable. I thought they were more for fashion too, but they actually are great for both!