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5 Reasons to visit Grand Tetons National Park and Jackson, Wyoming

5 reasons to visit Grand Tetons

grand tetons mountains with chapel in foreground

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Hello, friends! Are you itching to travel to a beautiful place with amazing views? Do you love our national parks? We've visited many of them and today I'm sharing why Grand Teton National Park is one of our favorites. 

grand teton mountains and trails


If you love hiking, wildflowers, or just gorgeous scenery, then this needs to be near the top of your bucket list. We visited there and Yellowstone in the same trip. And while we thoroughly enjoyed both places, the smaller crowds and dramatic peaks of Grand Tetons made it a much more peaceful experience. 

I recommend visiting both parks if you can. They're not too far apart and you can do them both in a single trip if you have enough time. Here are the best things about Grand Tetons and Jackson, Wyoming.

5 Reasons to visit Grand Tetons and Jackson, Wyoming


Breathtaking Scenery


tall pines and river with blue sky and white clouds in Grand Teton National Park

The scenery in Grand Tetons is simply breathtaking. Dramatic mountain peaks, tall pines, meandering streams....it's all there.

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The peaks are beautiful from all sides. This view is from the northern part of the park. 

schwabacher landing at grand tetons national park

Schwabacher Landing is a very scenic spot with the shallow waters and views of the mountains. 

schwabacker landing in Grand Tetons Nationa Park at sunset

It's an amazing place to watch the sunset, especially with the reflections on the water. 




Beautiful Trails


hiking on jenny lake trail at Grand Tetons National Park

Whether you're an avid hiker or just want to take a stroll on a gentle path through the woods, you'll find what you want in Grand Tetons. 

hiking the trails in Grand Tetons National Park

The trails are well maintained and easy to follow. And they aren't usually very crowded at all. 

Abundant Wildlife


buffalo herd at Grand Tetons National Park

Buffalo and elk and birds, oh my! And many other animal friends as well. You're sure to see plenty of wildlife throughout the park. 

blue bird on a wooden fence post at Grand Tetons National Park

There are many beautiful species of birds. Isn't the color on this bluebird amazing?

elk in a stream at Grand Tetons National Park

We spotted this elk taking a drink from a small stream after a rain shower. 


And this little chipmunk was begging us for a snack. He obviously gets plenty of them. (Please don't feed the wildlife.)

mama and baby ducks at Grand Tetons national park

A mama duck and her babies were taking an evening swim during one of our outings at the park. Such a peaceful scene. 

Wildflowers


lupines and other wildflowers at Grand Tetons National Park

The warm season is a short one at Grand Tetons, but there are so many beautiful wildflowers in bloom.

alpine sunflower at Grand Tetons National Park

fairy orchid at Grand Tetons National Park

We spotted this little fairy orchid on one of our hikes. It's very small but so unusual and pretty. 

wild geraniums at Grand Tetons National Park

wildflowers at Grand Tetons National Park

wildflowers seen at Grand Tetons National Park

Historical & Interesting Buildings

visitor center at Grand Tetons National Park

The visitors' center is a newer structure with a wall of windows showcasing the mountain peaks. The building itself is a showpiece. 

chapel at Grand Tetons National Park

And the little chapel is so picturesque. You can go inside and take pictures from there as well. 

old general store at Grand Tetons National Park

The old general store is a relic from the early 1900's and still sells a few basic items like huckleberry sodas. Our girls were enjoying some here. 


And there are some fun items inside that remind us of days gone by.


BEST WAYS TO SEE THE PARK

ON FOOT 


There's no better way to experience the park than immersing yourself in it on the trails and footpaths. If your health allows it, I highly recommend it.

young ladies hiking at Grand Tetons National Park


Being comfortable and safe is much more important than being fashionable when you're in the great outdoors. Here's what you'll need if you go out on the trails:

  • Bear Spray  - You can't fly with it but you can order it ahead of time and have it shipped to your hotel for about half of what you'll pay there. Find it here: bear spray.)
  • Water Bottle - An insulated one will keep your water nice and cold. I really like this one: insulated water bottle.
  • Lightweight Backpack - I use love and use this one: lightweight backpack.
  • Hiking Shoes - The right shoes really do make your feet feel better. I have these women's hiking shoes and love them. They've seen trails in several different national parks.
  • Snacks - almonds, peanut butter crackers, fruit, and granola bars are a great choice.
  • Hat - the sun can be brutal and a hat will help keep you comfortable. I really like this ventilated sun hat.
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain Jacket or Poncho - Weather can change very quickly in the mountains and it's no fun to get soaked. A rain jacket or poncho fits easily into a backpack. 
  • Layers and breathable clothing. Even if you're just doing a short trail you still want to be comfortable. See my favorites here Favorite Hiking Items.
  • Trail Map 

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BY CAR


view from a car at Grand Tetons National Park

Grand Teton is a great park to see from the comfort of your car. There are plenty of scenic overlooks just steps away from the road throughout the park. If you decide to tour the park this way, these items will make the journey more enjoyable:


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BY BOAT


boat tour at Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park

Boat tours are available for a unique vantage point. Or you can rent kayaks or take a float tour for a more adventurous experience. You can find out more here: Boating and Kayaking in Grand Tetons National Park.


ON A BICYCLE


There are some wonderful paved bike paths that follow the road inside the park. You can rent bicycles at the entrance to the park. It's a fun way to see everything. 

BY BUS


If visiting Grand Teton National Park is high on your bucket list but you'd rather have someone else drive and plan all of the stops, a bus tour might be the perfect way to see it. They'll take you to the best views and most popular spots and you won't even have to get out your gps.

You can also ride horses in certain areas of the park and take an airplane tour. So many great ways to see it.


OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

There are so many wonderful things to do during your stay. Here are the most popular ones, according to visitors who've experienced it first hand:



WHERE TO STAY


Inside the Park


There are plenty of accommodations including cabins and lodges inside the park. Be sure to book early because they fill up fast.



jenny lake lodge, Grand Tetons National Park

Just Outside the Park


You can find a large variety of hotels, lodges, inns, and more to stay at in nearby Teton Village or Jackson Hole. Each area is only a short drive from the park entrance.


Camping sites


There are several nice camping sites if you prefer to stay in the park this way:
  • Colter Bay Campground
  • Gros Venture Campground
  • Jenny Lake Campground
  • Lizard Creek Campgound
  • Signal Mountain Campground
  • Headwaters Campground and RV sites at Flagg Ranch

WHERE TO EAT


We stayed and ate in Jackson Hole on our trip where there are a plethora of great restaurants. (There are also dozens of charming local shops along with some touristy ones if you want a souvenir t-shirt.)

margherita pizzas

These were our favorite dining spots:

Breakfast

Lunch & Dinner


Winter Activities


If you don't mind the cold and snow, Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park are a beautiful place to visit in the winter. One of the most unique attractions is the National Elk Refuge, where thousands of elk winter in the valley. Sleigh rides through the refuge area are a great way to see the animals up close and personal. Find our more here: National Elk Refuge Day Trip.

Love skiing? Jackson Hole has some of the best ski resorts in the country. You can ski all day and relax in a cozy cabin or luxurious resort when you're done. Get details Jackson Hole Skiing.




 Rockefeller wall quote at Grand Tetons National Park

This quote pretty much says it all. It was on the wall of one of the buildings inside the park and couldn't be truer.

split rail fence and old log chapel in Grand Tetons National Park.

I hope you've enjoyed this little tour of the Grand Tetons and have seen why it's such a wonderful place to visit. 

Want to learn more? Go here for visitor favorites and reviews: Explore Grand Teton National Park

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1 comment

  1. Thank you so much for posting this! Going out west is on my bucket list and Jackson Hole is a place that I want to see. Now I know that visiting Grand Tetons is a must. We will drive out west because Sherman will come with us. Do you happen to know if any of your lodging suggestions are dog friendly?

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