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2020 National Parks Trip – Day 9 Itinerary

Shoshone Falls Idaho

My 2020 National Parks Road Trip Itinerary

As I began to plan my 2020 National Parks Road Trip that I outlined for you a few weeks back, I began to realize how beneficial it might be for me to share the process I use to plan long road trips.  Believe it or not, even though they don’t include air travel or the other complexities associated with fly-and-stay travel, road trips can be surprisingly difficult to plan.  This is especially true during a global pandemic.  That is why I have chosen to share my detailed road trip itinerary and planning process with you in case it might help you in navigating the planning process for your next big road trip.  I have included links to each day’s itinerary plan, as well as the main itinerary article, below to assist you with navigation.

Main Itinerary Article
Day 1 – Driving to Colorado
Day 2 – Visiting Rocky Mountain National Park
Day 3 – Climbing Gray’s Peak
Day 4 – Visit The Great Sand Dunes National Park
Day 5 – Visit Mesa Verde NP and Canyon of the Ancients
Day 6 – Visit Canyonlands National Park
Day 7 – Explore Capitol Reef National Park
Day 8 – Drive to Great Basin National Park
Day 9 – Explore Shoshone Falls and Craters of the Moon
Day 10 – Explore Yellowstone National Park
Day 11 – Visit Little Bighorn and Badlands National Park
Day 12 – Drive Home

Day’s Driving Map

Driving for the day will be split up into two segments.  In the first segment, we will be driving from Wells, Nevada to Shoshone Falls in Idaho.  After taking some time to explore the falls, we will drive to West Yellowstone to spend the night.  On the way to West Yellowstone, we will stop briefly at Craters of the Moon National Monument.

Driving to Shoshone Falls

Summer Parks Trip - Day 9 Driving Map 1

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Driving to West Yellowstone with Stop at Craters of the Moon

Summer Parks Trip - Day 9 Driving Map 2

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Day’s Itinerary

  • Drive to Shoshone Falls
  • Explore Shoshone Falls
  • Drive to Craters of the Moon National Monument
  • Explore Craters of the Moon
  • Drive to West Yellowstone to spend the night

What to See

We will be exploring both Shoshone Falls and Craters of the Moon National Monument on this day.  I have included information for the top things to see at each site below.

Shoshone Falls

Shoshone Falls Map 1

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Open Shoshone Falls in Maps

Shoshone Falls Map 2

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Craters of the Moon National Monument

Craters of the Moon National Monument - Top Things to See Map

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Robert Limbert Visitor Center
North Crater Flow Trail
Devils Orchard Nature Trail
Inferno Cone
Snow Cone
Tree Molds Trail
Dewdrop Cave\Beauty Cave\Boy Scout Cave

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Where to Stay

Summer Parks Trip - Day 9 Campgrounds Map

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