Tetons and monuments: A Rockies road trip with giants

When a road trip becomes an epic adventure...

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Created by Jim Donahue - January 31st 2017

We've spent the past summer partnering with Holiday Inn to find the most epic road trip. To decide on the final route, we had travelers show us their favorite places to visit.

The Rocky Mountains provide some of the most magnificent landscapes in the entire world. From towering mountain peaks and ancient canyon cultures, to secret swimming holes and alpine valleys, there's a whole other world awaiting west of the Mississippi. According to travelers, these are the coolest road trip stops in the west!

Photo of Glacier National Park
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64 Grinnell Drive, West Glacier, MT, US

Glacier National Park

Start your Western road trip in Montana, at Glacier National Park. The pure natural beauty of America's Alps is not to be missed! Drive Going-To-The-Sun Road; boat or swim in the cold, clear water of Lake McDonald; hike out to Grinnell Lake and bask in its electric-blue beauty; pick and eat some fresh huckleberries; and make the most of your time in this special place.

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14mi 00h 23m
Photo of Xanterra Red Bus Tour
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3 Going-to-the-Sun Rd, MT, US

Xanterra Red Bus Tour

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30mi 00h 39m
Photo of Bonelli's Bistro
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38 1st Avenue East, Kalispell, MT, US

Bonelli's Bistro

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19mi 00h 25m
Photo of Montana Vortex & House of Mystery
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7800 U.S. 2, Columbia Falls, MT, US

Montana Vortex & House of Mystery

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2mi 00h 03m
Photo of Oso's
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9549 Us Highway 2 East, Hungry Horse, MT, US

Oso's

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6mi 00h 10m
Photo of Bite Size Bliss
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Columbia Falls, Columbia Falls, MT, US

Bite Size Bliss

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13mi 00h 17m

2141 US Hwy 2 E, Evergreen, MT, US

Pho Ly Asian Cuisine

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96mi 01h 44m
Photo of Garden of One Thousand Buddhas
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34754 White Coyote Rd, Arlee, MT, US

Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

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148mi 02h 02m
Photo of Historic Dumas Brothel Museum
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45 E. Mercury St, Butte, MT, US

Historic Dumas Brothel Museum

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1mi 00h 04m
Photo of Matt's Place Drive-In
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2339 Placer Street, Butte, MT, US

Matt's Place Drive-In

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95mi 01h 15m
Photo of Montana Grizzly Encounter
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80 Bozeman Hill rd, Bozeman, MT, US

Montana Grizzly Encounter

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205mi 03h 07m
Photo of Fat Racks BBQ
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208 Yellowstone Avenue, Cody, WY, US

Fat Racks BBQ

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94mi 02h 24m
Photo of Yellowstone National Park
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Grand Loop Rd, Mammoth, WY, US

Yellowstone National Park

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Of course, no road trip through the West is complete without a stop at the country's first (and most iconic) National Park: Yellowstone. Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic, The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Boiling River, Lamar Valley, and the Old Faithful Inn are all absolute gems that everyone should see once in their lives.

Photo of Old Faithful Inn
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1 Grand Loop Rd, WY, US

Old Faithful Inn

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47mi 01h 25m

North Fork Highway, 183, Cody, WY, US

Pahaska Tepee

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340mi 06h 13m
Photo of Grand Teton National Park
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Grand Teton National Park borders Yellowstone, so it's easy to experience both parks... and they're both equally worth visiting. Grand Teton is only 484 square miles (compared to Yellowstone's 3.5 thousand square miles), but those mountains pack a serious punch. Historic buildings, lush lakes, scenic drives, and more can be found here. Definitely check out the Triangle X Dude Ranch, and explore the nearby town of Jackson for Wild West vibes.

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155mi 02h 48m
Photo of Sinks Canyon State Park
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3079 Sinks Canyon Rd., Lander, WY, US

Sinks Canyon State Park

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Sinks Canyon State Park is about as wild and rugged as it gets! The rushing river, craggy canyon, and giant boulders make the hiking, fishing, camping, and climbing here incredible. Check out the visitor center for some great info about the geology and wildlife of the region!

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376mi 05h 47m
Photo of Rocky Mountain National Park
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1000 US Highway 36, Estes Park, CO, US

Rocky Mountain National Park

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Rocky Mountain National Park is an outdoorsperson's wonderland! Hundreds of miles of trails traverse the fields and mountains of the park, and there are some pretty epic peaks that the experienced can conquer. You'll also find scenic drives aplenty, as well as tons of fun attractions in Estes Park. For a quick but memorable experience, take the Estes Park Aerial Tramway!

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37mi 00h 51m
Photo of Fiske Planetarium
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2414 Regent Dr, Boulder, CO, US

Fiske Planetarium

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26mi 00h 38m
Photo of Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
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18300 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO, US

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

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Just outside Denver, you'll find Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, which is, hands down, the coolest music venue in the country. Mother Nature was the architect here: The stage is set up between tree massive sandstone slabs. Artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Rush, and the Grateful Dead all reportedly listed the venue among their favorites, and it still pulls in the biggest acts from across the country. Plus, when shows aren't going on, you can hike here, or pop in for a yoga lesson!

The landscapes of the West, from the geothermal weirdness of Yellowstone to the mountain beauty of the Rockies, to the sandstone carvings of Arches, are varied, but all equally stunning. It's an incredible place, filled with beauty, history, and plenty of hidden gems waiting to be discovered!