Driving the American West: Jackson Hole & the Grand Tetons

Northwest Wyoming’s Grand Tetons draped in winter snow

 

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Driving the American West: Cody, Wyoming

It had been four years since my last trip to Jackson Hole and the Grand Tetons, an August trip that also included Yellowstone National Park and celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary. We’d vowed to come back and see the area in winter someday, and well…that day had arrived.

The only thing missing was Adam. But hey — I took photos for him.

And, y’know, for you.

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Driving the American West: Cody, Wyoming

“Contemporary Sioux Indian” is one of the exquisite paintings by Wyoming artist James Bama on display in the Western Galleries at Cody’s Buffalo Bill Historical Center

 

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Driving the American West: Central to Northwest Wyoming

 

I had originally intended to drive to Yellowstone National Park from Western Colorado, but in late winter there’s an important wrinkle to consider: ’round this time of year, the south and east entrances to the park are closed.

So, enter my well-traveled mother-in-law’s excellent suggestion of Cody, Wyoming as an alternative.

The town and its Buffalo Bill Historical Center provide a vintage snapshot of the Old West, replete with Indians, bucking broncos, gunslinging and cattle. But there’s also locally-made wine. And sweet cream pancakes.

I was only in town for 20 hours, but I’d happily go back in spring or summer to drive the 50-mile Northfork Highway to Yellowstone. By all accounts, it’s full of bighorn sheep — and absolutely gorgeous.

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Driving the American West: Central to Northwest Wyoming

Central Wyoming is where the deer and the (pronghorn) antelope play

 

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Driving the American West: Western Colorado

I departed western Colorado via route 13, which, upon crossing the south-central border of Wyoming, becomes Route 789.

Zig-zagging around the Great Divide Basin, 789 is one of the most geologically fascinating — and yet almost utterly empty — stretches of highway in the United States.

By the time I veered west onto small-town Route 120 in the state’s northwest, the landscapes of Wyoming had grown quite dear to my heart.

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Go West, I Said

Call it a test of my own gumption or a simple thirst for adventure:

I’m hopping in my car and hitting the road to explore the American West!

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TWT Travel Binder: Wyoming

We traveled to Jackson Hole, Grand Teton and Yellowstone for our 9th anniversary in August 2008.
We’d love to return to see the whole gorgeous area blanketed in wintry snow.

Here are some resources to help you plan your own “travels with two” to Wyoming. 

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