My sister and I are driving from Boise, Idaho to Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, and will fly home from Salt Lake City over 6 nights from July 11-17. So soon; so exciting! Looking for any and all advice on the following, please:
1. What alternate routes are suggested from Boise to Yellowstone (we are staying at Old Faithful Lodge the 1st night and Lake Lodge the 2nd) that would provide a more scenic route or off the beaten path? We are mainly interested in the view and won't stop for museums or attractions.
2. Do you have any recommendations on where to stay on the 11th before we get to Yellowstone on the 12th? I was thinking Twin Falls, Idaho Falls, or possibly driving into Wyoming....
3. Is it worth it to drive up Red Lodge on Beartooth or out to Cody on Route 14 during our 3 days/2 nights at Yellowstone?
4. Should we stay 2 nights near the Tetons and a night near Salt Lake City/Antelope Island or do 3 nights near Tetons?
We love nature, want to do some mild-moderate hiking, and catch a bunch of sunsets. We are looking to keep budget modest (as best as can be in Jackson Hole, I guess!) and will pack snacks and eat dinners out. Thank you for any insider tips or recommendations. We would greatly appreciate it!