We are planning on driving to Yellowstone this summer from Texas and are looking for advice on the best routes, most affordable places to stay, and what to see while making the best of our time without having to drive for half a day while we are there. Thank you in advance.
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Not knowing where you are starting from in Texas, I will assume Amarillo.
I would make a loop, taking US87 to I25 to Fort Collins CO and then US287/US26/US191 to Yellowstone for a total of 960 miles. I would stop at Colorado Springs to break up this distance. You might even spend a day there seeing the Garden of The Gods and other sights or take a detour to Rocky Mountain National Park (taking US36 west from Denver and US34 back to Loveland) before proceeding up I25.
On the way back I would take US89/I80/US89 south to I40 to return to Texas for a total of 1556 miles. This route will take you past many national parks, including Grand Teton (my favorite park), Bryce Canyon, Zion, Grand Canyon, and Petrified Forest. I would spend the nights in Salina UT, the Grand Canyon (north rim), and Santa Fe on the way back to Amarillo. You can spend more overnights going and returning as you find more things to see along the way.
I hope you find this helpful.
Welcome to Travelblog! What to see is a hard question to answer, as it depends entirely on your interests and available time. My best suggestion is to map out a possible route, and then read blogs from those areas to get ideas. If you like cowboy history, try to squeeze in a day in Cody WY, founded by Buffalo Bill.
To keep costs down, plan on camping when possible. If roughing it does not sound fun, bring a smart-phone or laptop and use it to find last minute lodging deals. I used a mixture of both on my trip.
Unfortunately, certain areas as so busy that accommodation must be booked six plus months in advance, and Yellowstone and surrounding towns fall in this category. I stayed in different campgrounds around the park so I would need less time each day driving to what I wanted to see.