• Taylor Allen

4 Days Out West (not for the faint of heart)

Updated: Sep 25, 2020

Over Labor Day weekend, Noah and I decided to take a trip out West! We knew we were crazy-everyone told us we are nuts for going from Denver to Yellowstone with having less than 4 days. However, we knew what we wanted to see in a short amount of time and you can too if you don’t mind an intense road trip!

First, we flew into Denver International Airport at 11:30 am on Friday. We took the train connected to the airport to downtown and took a bus to our car rental. Noah and I typically use Turo but due to prices we decided to use an unsaid car rental place. But that ended up badly. They accidentally sold out our car we had reserved and we were left stranded in the city. For future reference, we will continue to use Turo as it’s super reliable for us!

Our first road trip stop was the Stanley Hotel where the Shining was filmed. It was a spectacular hotel! (pictured below).

Next, we continued our road trip to Rocky Mountain National Park and hiked the Bear Lake Trail. I highly recommend this trail if you would like to see a beautiful view and not have to hike miles on end to see it! It was 2 miles or so round trip and we stopped at Bear Lake, Nymph Lake, and Dream Lake (pictures below)

After this stunning hike, we got a quick meal from Mcdonalds (classic) and that’s where the road trip began! Our drive from the Rocky Mountains to a little adorable town in Dubois, WY. It’s an hour from Grand Teton National Park. The drive from Rocky Mountain to Dubois is exactly 6 and a half hours. Make sure you download lots of podcasts and pack snacks. Once we arrived to Dubois (late at night) we stayed at a super cute Super 8!

Saturday morning we woke up early and went to the local grocery market and packed all of our food for the day. Then we drove about 2-2.5 hours from Dubois to Yellowstone National Park. I HIGHLY recommend you to visit Mammoth Hot Springs to see Incredible hot springs, Lamar Valley to see a valley filled with wildlife including Bison, Elk, Moose, and Bears. Then see Old Faithful Geyser that erupts every hour and a half! that is one INCREDIBLE thing to see. Lastly, (due to time limitations) you HAVE to see Grand Prismatic Springs. We actually saw a bison waking down the trail we were on. The colors of Grand Prismatic were indescribable. Below is Grand Prismatic and Old Faithful.

After a long day we drove back to our hotel in Dubois!

Sunday morning we woke up super early to rent a canoe at Colter Bay Marina. We rented it for two hours which was the perfect amount of time! This canoe trip was in the Grand Tetons which was a little over an hour from our hotel!

so pretty!


This place was insane. This is a must for traveling out West!

Next, we took a shuttle boat to Jenny Lake where we hiked about 10 miles total and saw a grizzly bear, moose, and a bunch of cute chipmunks. Originally, we were going to just hike the trail to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point (2 miles total) but someone told us they saw moose and bear in Cascade Canyon so we hiked the extra miles. Let me tell you, Cascade Canyon was soooo worth the extra hike! It was stunning! (Pictured below)

This place is so cool! Ahhh so after a long day we drove to get some dinner in Jackson Hole. If you are able to, this is a town I would stay a night in or just hangout! It’s so cute!!! but so here’s the part where I say this trip is not for the faint of heart. Noah and I drove from Grand Tetons National Park allll the way to Colorado Springs which was a 9+ hour drive. We stopped in the middle of the night at a small hotel to rest for a few hours and then finished up our drive the next morning.

Monday, before we arrived in Colorado Springs area we stopped to get the famous Voodoo Donuts (yum!!!!)

Our final stop was definitely one of the strangest but coolest places that I have ever been to. It’s about 40 minutes outside of Colorado Springs and It is called the Colorado Paint Mines Interprative Park. I never had heard of it up until a fellow blogger posted about it! it‘s a short walk from the parking lot but can potentially go for miles. It’s free too!

Noah and I spent about an hour or so there just exploring the different sites. I would HIGHLY recommend this spot.

From here we drove to the Denver International Airport which was exactly an hour and a half from this location. It was an amazing trip and though it was a lot of driving and not too much sleep, it was so worth it!

Follow me on Instagram: ya_girl_taylor_allen for more photo dump pics of this trip! Thanks for reading! Hopefully this was helpful!:)

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