In just two short months, America’s National Parks will be celebrating their 100th birthday! With this in mind, we have been doing a post a month from March through August, highlighting five of the national parks we have been to. For June, the third National Park being featured on our count down is Grand Teton National Park.
This park is situated between Jackson Hole, WY and Yellowstone National Park and features one of the most iconic, most recognized, most beautiful, and most dramatic views in North America – The Teton Mountain Range, which is home to the idyllic Grand Teton peak. Tetons, which features other amazing peaks like Moran and Teewinot are breathtaking. Honestly, no matter how many times I see these mountains in person, I am in awe of their beauty and just have to stop and stare for a while.
If you fly in to Jackson Hole, you will be able to see the peaks from the plane window as you land. Driving to Grand Teton National Park? The routes south from Yellowstone will give you great views. However, I think my favorite view is from Togwotee Pass – there is a certain point where you can see the Tetons in the distance they jut through the trees and it spectacular!
But, the mountains aren’t the only thing that make Grand Teton National Park worth visiting. This area has meadows, sagebrush flats, wildlife, and beautiful surrounding scenery. If you like hiking, rock climbing, camping, bike riding, boating, or wildlife spotting, this is the park for you!
One of my favorite activities is hiking the Cascade Canyon trail around Jenny Lake at the base of the Tetons. The hike is easy and you can see everything from marmots to bears in the area. Don’t worry though, there’s generally enough activity on the trails to scare bears. Just make sure to make some noise as you walk and go in a group – the last thing you want to do is surprise a bear! Hike long enough and you will reach Hidden Falls, which is a great waterfall nestled back in the woods, as well as Inspiration Point.
The last time we hiked to Hidden Falls was in the middle of an awful spring thunderstorm. When we were hiking in, everyone else was hiking out. That should have been a sign to turn around, but we kept going! As we crossed the rock and boulder field, massive lighting strikes and thunder claps started rolling off the mountain looming above us. All I could think of was how stupid it was of us to be alone on the boulder field during a storm like that and, if the thunder caused a rock slide, we were toast! Luckily, we made it to the falls and had the area to ourselves to enjoy!
The south end of the Teton range is also home to world class skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Most people who visit the park stay in Jackson, which you can read about here. Grand Teton National Park is a great stop before heading in to Yellowstone National Park and is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers, photographers, anyone who needs to be inspired by the beauty of our world. If you are heading to the area, you simply cannot miss it and surely will not be disappointed.
To read about the first park we featured, Yellowstone National Park, click here.
To read about the second park we featured, Rocky Mountain National Park, click here.
What are you waiting for? Now is a great time to get out and explore America’s National Parks!
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