Originally Posted by KmmFIdreamer
Sounds like you want to go into the south of Yellowstone so I would stay around Jackson if I could find something affordable! Cody is closet to the east entrance, but probably a little less expensive.... We stayed in West Yellowstone once and it is a nice town and very affordable, but a bit off the beaten path too.....
Denver to Grand Tetons/Yellowstone is a long drive - if it were me I would take the time to break it up a bit. I have been thru Thermopolis and don't recall much there unless you are really into hot springs. That would be a reason that I would consider staying there a couple of days myself though. I think it is about 2 hours from Cody, but not really on the way to Jackson....
We are stopping over in Denver for a couple nights to see a college friend. She has invited me many times over the last 30+ years and I am finally making good on my promise to visit.
DH and I first planned to just head that way and see where the car took us. Then we decided to visit Yellowstone and learned that reservations in the park can be tricky so we booked a few nights.
This is our first trip out this direction. There is so much to see and "no real plans" turned into "too many plans" while I was not paying attention.
Thank you for your input. This is all very helpful.