trip to yellowstone

My family and I want to take a trip from Michigan to Yellowstone and then drop down to Salt Lake City. Does anyone know of special things to see on the way, or cheaper places to stay around the park? I looked into a couple of chains and the cheapest place I could find in July was $120 a night.

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    My family and I want to take a trip from Michigan to
    Yellowstone and then drop down to Salt Lake City. Does
    anyone know of special things to see on the way, or
    cheaper places to stay around the park? I looked into
    a couple of chains and the cheapest place I could find
    in July was 0 a night. Maybe I just don't travel

    that much, but it sounds high to me! I'm sure someone
    out there has taken a longer vacation on the cheap!
    Suggestions please? Thanks in advance, Anette
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    If you know when you are going and are sure call Days Inn. They have what is
    called Daylight Savings. This means if you pay when you make the reservation you
    pay less but cannot cancel the room. There are no refunds either but I have
    saved at least 5% everytime I have called and paid up front when making the
    reservation. You have to do this when you make the reservation not after.

    This back fired on us this weekend. We were going to go out of town but my
    husband came down with the flu. So we lost $40 which was not a lot but still $40
    is $40. Patti
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    My parents went to Salt lake city and toured the big morman church there and got
    to listen to the Morman tabernacle choir practice. We are not Morman (Lutheran)
    but my parents really enjoyed seeing the church and listening to the choir.

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    If you have AAA (and if you're driving it may be a wise investment) you can get
    some money off of hotels. Also - you can get tourbooks for different areas of
    the country that have incredibly detailed listings of different things to see.

    Lots of museums, zoos, etc. And they were free last time I did it.

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    ooh! AAA is perfect and usually have deals if you sign-up for two or
    three years at one time and pay all at once. I would get
    an 'invitation' at least once a month and I knew the value from my
    parents' membership. when they offered me two years for $29.95 I
    jumped. last year I had free road-side service and trips planned that
    I didn't get to take;-\ BUT, they provided all sorts of information
    that I didn't ask for and was included. if it was on the 'planned'
    path, they listed it as points of interests with the cost if there was
    one. in addition, they pointed out the best places to stay and eat
    and their costs...of course, those places are probably paying AAA to
    be included in their listings, but who cares. the
    hotels/motels/campgrounds/resorts/restaurants, etc. usually offer
    discounts to AAA members. noo, I don't work for them the road-
    side service that I received last year at no additional charge more
    than paid for the two year membership. so I think it's a good bang
    for the buck and recommend them.
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    You might look into yurts in Yellowstone. They are a large round tent
    (native to Mongolia) and they usually come stocked with bunks and a stove,
    sometimes even cooking utensils.

    There is a theme park not to far from SLC called Lagoon. It is only open
    Memorial Day to Labor Day, but it is a really nice and clean park and there
    is a huge water park in the center called Lagoon-a-Beach. We have gone a
    couple of time and it is best to plan for one day for the amusement park
    and one day for the water park. We went this past summer and rented an RV
    (we live in Idaho, about 8 hrs away). There is a RV park next to Lagoon
    with lots of huge trees and it was wonderful to park the RV there so we
    could go out and make our own food instead of buying it in the park. Also,
    if you stay at a hotel, many of them offer discount tickets to Lagoon.

    There is also a national park where they have dug up several dinosaur
    bones. And than there is the Air Force base that has an AWESOME military
    airplane history museum! Also, Utah is the home of Promontory Point, where
    the United States was connected by railroad tracks. In the historic part
    of SLC is a train museum.

    If you google SLC you should be able to find out this info

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    Pack tents, and camp out! You don't have to do it for each stop, but
    it'll DRASTICALLY cut the amount you spend on lodging.
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    As far as places to stay - you might want to look into roomsavers.com
    I've had great luck with them for hotel accomodations on the cheap! We
    have an RV and stay in State parks cheaper. I don't know if that is of
    interest to you or if the rental cost is too outrageous.

    Happy Motoring!
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