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Salt Lake City to Yellowstone via Grand Tetons

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My wife and I are planning a trip to Grand Tetons and Yellowstone in mid-August. We are both in are early 60's. After reading trip reports on here we have made the following plans. These are somewhat flexible as far as sites and routes. As now planned we will arrive in Salt Lake City on a Saturday afternoon. We will pickup our rental car and check in at our motel in northern SLC. If flights arrive on schedule we should be checked in by 5 pm,
We will be picking up a few supplies during the evening. On Sunday morning we are going to Temple Square and the Mormon program. Afterward we will head north. Is Antelope Island worth a stop? We want to see the Great Salt Lake, but will a view from the marina or the highway provide just as good a view. I also considered going to AI the evening we arrive just to catch a sunset over the lake. I like taking photos of landscape.
On Sunday night we will be staying at Montpelier, ID. The clerk there said it was about a four hour drive from SLC so we are planning to leave SLC area by 3 pm. I don't like trying to find my lodging after dark. On Monday we will leave for Jackson and spend Monday night and Tuesday night in Jackson. We both are able to do limited hikes; four to five mile round trips. Any suggested hikes in addition to the one at Jenny Lake (Hidden Falls). On Wednesday we will be going to Yellowstone via the south entrance. Our Wednesday night lodging will be in West Yellowstone, Thursday night will be Old Faithful Inn, Friday night Mammoth, and Saturday night back in West Yellowstone. Sunday will be an all day drive back to SLC and a flight out the following morning. I expect we will spend most of Thursday in the geyser area. I have been trying to figure out a route with the least amount of backtracking that will catch most of the sites for a first time visit. Would it be better to go to the lake area on the way in on Wednesday or should we go the OF area on Wednesday on the way to West Yellowstone or go the lake route? Any suggestions for 'must see' sites based upon our timeline is appreciated. Wildlife isn't high on our list of things to see. I have to listen to coyotes every night where I live. There is a game reserve with elk about 20 miles south of were we live. We can see bison in the western part of the state. I would still enjoy seeing them but probably wouldn't want to sit for a while waiting for them to show up.

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