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Erica’s Photo Tips:
Landscapes should be broken down into sections. Try breaking your landscapes down into thirds — foreground, midground and background. This will help accentuate the focal point and guide the viewer’s eye through the scene. Choose how much sky and fore
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East Side Stops
The best way over the Bighorn Mountains on the way to Yellowstone is U.S. Hwy. 16, known as the Sweet 16. Passing through Ten Sleep, it’s also known as the safest route because of the road’s gentle curves and lower-grade hills. For the camping enthus
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What To Pack
Celebrate Yellowstone in style. A portion of the profits from this t-shirt support Yellowstone Forever, the nonprofit fundraising organization for the park. $42; parksproject.us This midweight layer treated with odor-reducing Polygiene is great for
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Casper’s Top Seven
Experience everything Casper, from its 100-year-old art scene to local music and food at the 5150 Festival in August. FUN FACT: 5150 is Casper’s elevation. Independence Rock was an important landmark for west-bound pioneers. Countless names of pione
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The Big Six
Unlike the world-renowned expert climbing routes in the Tetons, the Via Ferrata makes mountain climbing accessible for families and individuals looking for adventure. Accompanied by a guide, you’ll secure yourself to cables and move across a mountain
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The First
If it weren’t for an artist and a photographer, Yellowstone National Park might never have become the world’s first national park in 1872. For years rugged explorers returned from the Yellowstone region with stories of a strange landscape dotted with
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Where To Stay
Historic Property Restaurant on Site Wi-Fi Access in Room Pet-Friendly Built in 1903-04, the Old Faithful Inn is arguably Yellowstone’s most iconic hotel. It’s a National Historic Landmark and the world’s largest log cabin structure. Its
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Off The Beaten Path
Whether you like motorized recreation or exploring via your own two feet, there’s an adventure for everyone on the Tetons’ western and — if you ask a local — better side. If the feel of a motor purring underneath you is your idea of a perfect day, he
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Magical Philipsburg
With flower baskets and gorgeously restored historic buildings lining its main street, Philipsburg is one of Montana’s most charming towns. Once a booming mining town, it’s the kind of place that makes you want to sit on one of its sidewalk benches a
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Best Guide
You can tour Yellowstone on your own, but if you download the GyPSy Guide App, you’ll get an insider’s perspective of the park without having to go on a guided tour. It’s like having your own perfectly social distanced guide in the car with you. “We
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Glacier’s Top Six
Start the day with a delicious breakfast in Russell’s Fireside Dining Room at this historic lodge on the west side. Shop at the park’s largest gift store in Apgar for souvenirs or ice cream. Old-growth cedar trees grow through the floor and ceiling.
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Rocky’s Top Six
Wake up early to get to Bear Lake and hike 1.1 miles around the lake to catch the sun casting light over Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain. Arrive 30 minutes before dawn. If you’re a strong hiker who has trained extensively, head to Longs Peak, the
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North Idaho Getaway
Downtown Bonner’s Ferry is a short walk from Northside School Bed & Breakfast, which has a heated pool. In the charming town of Sandpoint, stay at Huckleberry Hill Bed and Breakfast for locally sourced breakfasts with wild huckleberries. Or sleep at
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OF BIKES & BREWERIES
In Helena, locals like to say there’s a trail at the end of every street and a brewery at the end of every ride. While every town is prone to some hyperbole, Helena truly offers an extraordinary range of mountain biking for beginners all the way to e
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Utah Sand And Sky
Jump-start this fantastic road trip in Salt Lake City where the mountains shoot dramatically from the valley floor. Discover the city’s emerging hip restaurant scene and explore its stunning outdoors via a tramride at Snowbird. From there head east f
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Great Falls Sights
North America’s longest river cuts through Great Falls, Mont., and it’s worth stopping here to walk, hike or bike alongside the mighty Missouri River. Spanning nearly 60 miles on either side of the river, the River’s Edge Trail will take you on paved
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Desert Oasis
Cool down in the heat of summer by renting a stand-up paddleboard at the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area in Utah. A number of wakeless paddling trails near Flaming Gorge Dam and Sheep Creek Overlook enable you to explore canyons that rise any
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Western Colorado
Two-thirds of this striking national monument is in Colorado’s Moffat County, making the area a must-see. TIP:Explore the monument via a guided rafting trip on the Yampa or Green rivers. See one of the country’s last remaining herds of free-roaming
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Sleep Next To The Park
Stay tantalizingly close to the park but within walking distance of West Yellowstone’s shops and restaurants at four lodging options under the umbrella of Yellowstone Vacations. In the cozy Explorer Cabins, you’ll find small kitchenettes, binoculars
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Yellowstone’s Top Six
For your best chance of seeing a wolf, get up before sunrise and head to the Lamar Valley in the park’s northeast corner. It's a great 3.1-mile (one-way) hike to the 10,243-foot summit of Mount Washburn. Because of road closures between Tower-Roosev
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Roadside Stops
Founded in the late 1890s by Mormon settlers, this community was once home to 27 homesteads, a blacksmith shop, church, school and multiple ranches. Today, photographers from all over the world visit to capture images of the Moulton brothers’ iconic
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Native Experience
When hotels near Grand Teton and Yellowstone are full, this hotel has availability since it is just far enough from the parks to avoid the flood of traffic streaming out of them. Built in 2012, the 156 rooms and 11 suites have 42-inch flat-screen, hi
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Fossil Lake Gems
Drive south of Grand Teton National Park, and you will stumble on a wonderfully uncrowded national monument unlike any national park site you’ve visited. Fossil Butte National Monument is a unique National Park Service gem 15 miles west of the Kemmer
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Soak Or Splash
Soaking in the serene pools of Yellowstone Hot Springs, you’d never know you were just eight miles from Yellowstone’s North Entrance in Gardiner, Mont. The hot springs are tucked off the highway just 100 feet from the Yellowstone River. Five pools ar
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Bozeman Spirits
“Drink local” is the motto of the Bozeman Spirits distillery in downtown Bozeman. And there may be no better locally concocted cocktail than the distillery’s Montana Huckleberry Mule. Made with huckleberry-flavored vodka, it’s served in a copper mug
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Choose Your Hike
Get great views of Yellowstone Lake, the Tetons and the Absaroka Range on this short-but-steep 4-mile round-trip hike to a broad, 10,566-foot summit. From the trailhead, climb through a forest of spruce, fir and whitebark pine (watch for grizzlies) t
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Be A Responsible Public Land Owner
There are so many resources dedicated to helping white people learn about the history of public lands, such as Native Land Digital and Montana State University’s Native Land Project. When Stevenson’s out hiking in Montana, she asks herself whose land
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Sturgis Stop
There are towns in the Black Hills of South Dakota known for their gold history, historical lawlessness, hot springs or national park sites. Sturgis is known for its incredible marquis events. And while the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is its most storie
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Rocky Mountain High
Spend your first day of this incredible 1,300-mile, round-trip route in the Mile High City, checking out the art and food scene before heading north from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park. In the park, take Trail Ridge Road, the country’s high
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Lone-star Cowboy
From the high plains of New Mexico to horses galloping on Wyoming’s dude ranches, our Lone-Star Cowboy Route takes you to the heart of cowboy country. Start in El Paso, Texas, before heading to New Mexico to explore the mesmerizing landscape of White
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