TOM -- We've stayed at a lot of Super 8's but never found one at $200/night! In the past, we've done like you and just walked up to the desk and tried to get our best deal, especially in the off-season when they weren't busy. I don't know if September is considered off/peak season or what. We would prefer to have our rooms nailed down before we start our trip. Thanks for the tip about Hillcrest cottages. That sounds like a real possibility. Like you, we don't really see a need to drop $200+ just for a place to sleep and shower. Since I'm traveling with my wife, of course, I want a clean/safe place.
We figured about 7 days for Yellowstone and 2-3 days for Grand Tetons. If we broke that up and stayed at a couple of different places (Gardiner, Cooke City, West Yellowstone, maybe Jackson for Tetons), how would you suggest we break that up? We're very flexible but just are unsure how long it actually takes (how many days to see Tetons, how many days in Gardiner etc).
Thanks for all your help.