One of our favorite national parks that Karen and I have visited is Grand Teton National Park. We were there after a visit to spectacular Yellowstone National Park .After visiting Yellowstone we really thought our trip would be downhill from there…we were way off on that prediction. Grand Teton National Park is one of the most scenic national parks that we have ever been to. I wish we would have spent more time there but after spending close to a week in Yellowstone we had to cut our time short and only got a few days in the Grand Tetons. We have definitely set our sights on going back to this gem of a national park. Like any top ten list it is subject to one’s opinion I hope this is helpful to anyone planning on visiting Grand Teton National Park. Here is our list of the top 10 things to do or see in Grand Teton National Park.
Top 10 Things to See or Do in Grand Teton National Park
10. Signal Mountain Summit Roadvia
Signal Mountain Summit Road is a five mile climb to the top of Signal Mountain for some great views of the Teton Range. If you go in the early summer months you will get a chance to see hillsides covered with wildflowers.
9. Float the Snake Rivervia
Taking a float trip down the Snake River is one of the great ways to get close to the wildlife that lives in Grand Teton National Park. There are several outfitters that will take you down so check out their reviews and plan to have a good time.
8. Mormon Rowvia
If photography is your hobby and you want an interesting place to take landscape shots this is the place to go. You will probably not be alone especially if it is a clear day so go early and catch some of that early morning light for the best conditions.
7. National Elk Refuge (Fall or Winter)
Just south of Grand Teton National Park is one of the best opportunities to get up close and personal with elk. Every fall and winter thousands of elk migrate to the National Elk Refuge for food and to escape the harsher conditions found farther north. Visitors can take a horse drawn sleigh ride or buy elk antlers during the Boy Scouts of America auction.
6. Oxbow Bend
One of the many must see spots in Grand Teton National Park. It is a classic spot to take pictures of the Grand Tetons and superb spot to see some of the parks wildlife.
5. Jackson Lakevia
Jackson Lake, the largest of the lakes in Grand Teton National Park, is a great place for recreational activities like boating and fishing. Colter Bay on Jackson Lake is a great place to look for activities to do.
4. Jenny Lake Trailvia
Jenny Lake Trail makes a complete loop around the scenic lake. It also leads to two great spots in Grand Teton National Park which are Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. It is a relatively short hike to the waterfall which is around 5 miles round trip, but you can shorten the distance by taking the ferry boat ride across the lake. The distance around the entire lake is roughly 7 miles.
3. Taggart Lake and Bradley Lake Trailvia
This trail is a little under 6 miles roundtrip loop and is well worth the time and effort. It is a very flat trail that is perfect for families. Both lakes offer beautiful settings since they set directly beneath the most scenic section of the Teton Range.
2. Teton Park Roadvia
If you are not much of a hiker then this is the second best way to see Grand Teton National Park. It is, in our opinion, one of the most scenic dives in the whole of the United States. Taking the road at dusk or dawn gives you the best chance to see wildlife just make sure you are able to keep your eyes off the scenery long enough to drive safe.
1. Paintbrush-Cascade Canyon Loopvia
The premier Grand Teton hiking trail is a once in a lifetime experience and arguably the best way to see what Grand Teton National Park is all about. It is not for everyone being around 20 miles in length, but this backcountry trail should be on any serious hiker’s bucket list.
We hope you enjoyed our list of the top 10 things to see or do in Grand Teton National Park. Let us know what you think of our list, is there anything that you think we left off or if you disagree with our top 10 sound off by leaving a comment. Please check out our other top to lists by clicking here. Happy Travels!
For more information on Grand Teton National Park go to their website at http://www.nps.gov/grte/index.htm.
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