By the middle of last year, I felt like I was getting swallowed up by concrete and pavement and all things manmade.
Earlier in the year I had gone from working at home back to a 9-to-5 office job (complete with an hour-long commute). The constant traffic and roads—even when I took the mildly scenic back roads—had me aching for a nature getaway on a deep soul level.
I was craving time to just sit and be.
To soak up nature and solitude and practice the art of sitting still. What I ended up with was three days of soulful rest followed by the most jaw-dropping scenic bike adventure.
Sit back and enjoy this photo tour through northern Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming!
Nature Retreat in Northern Utah
Even the rest areas in Utah and Idaho are stunning! After a few days in Utah, I took the scenic drive through Idaho into Wyoming, which took me through three mountain passes and some of the most stunning fall landscapes.
Scenic Bike Adventure in Wyoming
Hoping to find a landscape that was vastly different from what I was used to, I scoured Airbnb for little nature cabins throughout the western U.S. The plan was to enjoy a nature retreat for a few days, and then head out on a bike path adventure to continue my Bike 50 Challenge. I also looked at where my local airport (PHL) had direct flights to in the West—a helpful tip if you want to make the most of any short trip.
I landed on this perfectly lovely tiny house cabin on a family’s farm in northern Utah, then a drive to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming (passing through a little corner of Idaho!).
Although I could have easily spent more time in both places, this was a totally doable one-week trip (flying into Salt Lake City).
Have you ever visited Utah, Idaho, or Wyoming?
What were some of the highlights of your trip? If you haven’t visited, what would you most like to see or do there? Let me know in the comments!