As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, we were in vacation mode for the first two weeks of June. We had an absolute blast and saw so many beautiful sights while visiting multiple states that we’ve never been to and a few of the gorgeous national parks that our country has to offer.
7 National Parks
7 different hotels
6 different states
1 amazing trip!
A quick overview of our itinerary for those interested in a similar trip:
- June 1: Fly into Las Vegas, rent a van, and drive to Hurricane, Utah (covered 3 states by landing in Nevada, driving through Arizona, and staying in Utah)
- June 2: Go to Zion National Park and walk some of the trails then go to Snow Canyon State Park
- June 3: Drive through Zion, stop at Bryce Canyon National Park on the way to our cabin in Boulder, Utah
- June 4: Tyler’s 5th birthday! Go to Capitol Reef National Park, then to Loa, Utah to get groceries
- June 5: Go to Escalante National Monument area and did the Devil’s Garden trail
- June 6: Drive part of the Famous Burr’s Trail
- June 7: Go to Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park and stay in Green River, Utah
- June 8: Drive to Driggs, Idaho
- June 9: Go to Grand Teton National Park then into Yellowstone to see Old Faithful, stay at a hotel in Cooke City, Montana
- June 10: Yellowstone trails
- June 11: Yellowstone
- June 12: Drive through Yellowstone on the way to Salt Lake City to stay the night
- June 13: Fly home
If you want more information about where we stayed or exactly what we did, just leave me a comment or send an email and I will be happy to share! But since this is a blog focused on food, not travel, I am not going to go into the details here.
For breakfast, we usually did the free continental breakfast at our hotels. That’s one of the things we look for when traveling to try to save money on food, although you never know what you are going to get. Some of the hotels have a much better selection of food for breakfast than others, but there was always something available.
The first morning of our vacation, we had the breakfast at the hotel. We stayed at the Wyndham Wingate Hurricane Zion which was a very clean and spacious hotel. We did a queen suite here, so only had to get one room between the 6 of us (my parents came on the trip as well).
For lunch, we were in Zion National Park so we went to the lodge and ate at the Red Rock Grill. When Justin and I were at the park a few years ago with his parents we ate here as well, so we knew the food was good. I have been trying to eat better lately, so like to get a grilled chicken salad most places, and theirs didn’t disappoint.
For dinner, we were all worn out, and not feeling like going anywhere or doing anything. So I looked up the area on my phone while we were driving back from Snow Canyon State Park and there was a Dominos a few buildings down from the hotel, so I ordered from the phone and we picked it up. It was a perfect dinner that night!
As I said, most mornings we had the free breakfast at the hotel. The Hurricane Wingate had great options, including sausage biscuits and gravy this morning, which is one of my favorites, so I went for that with a muffin.
Our plan was originally to go to Zion again, but we all decided that we had seen a lot of it, so we just started to make our way to the cabin we would be staying at in Boulder, Utah. As we were driving, we realized that Bryce Canyon National Park was on the way, so we changed the schedule even more and went at that time. Once we were done there, we were all hungry, so went to the next town on the way and ate at a place called Rustler’s Restaurant in Tropic, Utah, for a late lunch/early dinner. We were all so full we didn’t eat anything else the rest of the day.
We celebrated Tyler’s 5th birthday while on vacation! He was so worried about there not being any decorations so was happily surprised when he woke up to a bunch of green balloons (his favorite color) and a Happy Birthday banner! We had our first breakfast at Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch, the cabins we stayed at for 4 nights. We had to turn in our choices the night before and it seemed like the choices were minimal. Once we got there, though, we realized it was still plenty of food for all of us and it was delicious.
We attempted to go grocery shopping in Boulder, Utah, but the choices were very limited. We were told the closest “real” grocery store was in Loa which was about an hour away. When I looked it up, the store is in the area near Capitol Reef National Park, so we decided to go there for the day, then to Loa to get groceries. While we were in Loa, we went to Marinia’s Country Cafe for another late lunch/early dinner. I got their “hot hamburger” which was a burger on toast with a gravy sauce. It was interesting but had a bit too much pepper in it for me.
A few photos from the places we visited during these days: