Driving 4,000kms in 17 days through Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota meant that we also slept our way around hotels, lodges, B&Bs and resorts, some as monumental as the landscape itself. Drawbacks? One or the occasional two night stay means you never unpack. Benefits? If no good, moving on isn’t a problem!
Cheyenne – Laramie – Rawlins – Lander, Wyoming
Overnight: Rodeway Inn/Pronghorn Lodge, 150 Main Street, Lander www.pronghornlodge.com
Don’t miss nearby Western-style bars serving chuck-wagon cuisine.
Lander – Riverton – Thermopolis, Wyoming
Overnight: Best Western Plus Plaza, 116 E Park Street, Thermopolis www.bestwesternwyoming.com/thermopolis-hotels
Don’t miss hot springs baths just steps away.
Thermopolis – Meeteetse – Cody, Wyoming
Overnight: Holiday Inn, 1701 Sheridan Avenue, Cody. www.blairhotels.com
Don’t miss Meeteetse’s tiny museum crammed with local history and the nightly shoot-out outside The Irma Hotel in Cody.
Cody – Yellowstone Lake – Mammoth Hot Springs – Old Faithful, Wyoming
Overnight: Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Yellowstone National Park Lodges.
Don’t miss Old Faithful’s regular eruptions just outside the front door.
Old Faithful – Teton National Park – Jackson, Wyoming
Overnight: Spring Creek Ranch, 1800 Spirit Dance Road, Jackson www.springcreekranch.com
Don’t miss the superb National Museum of Wildlife Art and dinner with sweeping vistas at the Granary Restaurant, Spring Creek Ranch.
Overnight: Rusty Parrot Lodge & Spa, 175 N.Jackson Street, Jackson
Don’t miss walking to Jackson’s quaint town square to shop for sporty, all-terrain gear.
Jackson – Ennis – Virginia City, Montana
Overnight: Just an Experience B&B, 1570 MT Highway 287,Virginia City
Don’t miss Willie’s Distillery in Ennis for a Moonshine Mule and Ritter custom-made Western hats and a hunk of huckleberry pie at Bob’s Place in charming Virginia City.
Virginia City – Nevada City – Bozeman, Montana
Overnight: Voss Inn Bed and Breakfast, 319 South Willson, Bozeman www.bozeman-vossinn.com
Don’t miss the spectacular Museum of the Rockies and Planetarium
Bozeman – Laurel – Billings, Montana
Overnight: Northern Hotel, 19 North Broadway, Billings www.northernhotel.com
Don’t miss shopping on Montana Street and the incomparable Native American Nations store on North Broadway.
Buffalo – Spearfish Canyon – Deadwood, SD
Overnight: Celebrity Hotel, 629 Main Street, Deadwood www.celebritycasinos.com
Don’t miss picnicking along Spearfish Canyon’s bubbling streams, reliving pioneer times at Days of ’76 Museum, paying your respects at Boot Hill cemetery and having a nightcap at The Midnight Star alongside Kevin Costner’s movie memorabilia.
Deadwood – Rapid City, SD
Overnight: Comfort Suites, 1333 N. Elk Vale Road, Rapid City www.comfortsuitesrapidcity.com
Don’t miss graffiti-lined Art Alley, live music at Firehouse Brewery and hand-made, painted traditional drums at Dakota Drum Company.
Rapid City – Custer State Park – Hot Springs before concluding in Denver Colorado
Overnight: Hotel Teatro, 1100 Fourteenth Street, Denver www.hotelteatro.com
Don’t miss Larimer Square, Denver’s oldest street where charming Victorian buildings have been transformed into art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and cafes, the American Museum of Western Art and afternoon tea at the historic Brown Palace Hotel & Spa.
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