Best of Teton – Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

May 9, 2017

Grand Teton National Park is in Wyoming, south of Yellowstone National Park. Even though, it is shadowed by the majestic and gigantic Yellowstone, Teton have exhibited their own beauty! It is one of the most scenic parks I have been, something I am glad I did not miss it. During the time we planned to visit Yellowstone, we came across Grand Teton National Park. After reading about it, we were so convinced to not miss this beauty.

I have written a detailed post on planning a trip to Grand Teton and Yellowstone here. You can also check posts on other parks of USA – Arches, Zion, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Yellowstone and Goblin Valley.

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Grand Teton – Here we come!

Our Yellowstone trip was planned as such, but we had some other issues of the rental car as Praveen’s flight got delayed and we weren’t sure if we would get the car so late in the night. Most times, car rentals are overbooked at airports and they run out of cars very often. This is how my dream trip to Yellowstone and Teton was hanging in the air!

As we had to squeeze Teton in the last-minute, we hardly hiked a few easy trails. It was a very long day for us, we never got to sleep the previous night. I was waiting for Praveen at the airport and since SLC (Salt Lake City) airport is small, it was jam-packed for the long weekend and I was standing the whole time. Praveen on the other hand wasted his precious time waiting for the flight in LAX (Los Angeles) airport. No choice we had, long distance relationships sometimes do get on your nerves.

The next day we started as early as possible. We reached Teton by 3ish pm in summer. Grand Teton National Park has multiple entrances depending on from where you would be driving. We entered via Jackson. That was the nearest entrance to us. You can get the direction details here. The first and best thing we did was visit the Visitor centre. We got the Teton map, got freshened up a bit! Had some Indian masala chai (This is like oxygen to me).

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Some great views on the way

We decided to take the scenic route, Grand Teton Loop drive and hiked very few trails.! Still I don’t regret the lack of time. I am happy we got to experience the Grand Teton National Park in its own way! It rained quite a bit and we just hoped that the rains don’t play a spoil sport. Already we had been through too much since the previous evening.

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We all need some craziness in life!
It was cloudy as you can see, our customary pic in front of the national park entrance

Snake River Overlook was so beautiful indeed. I don’t know what it was, but the beauty of this place totally trapped me.

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Wooden bridges are always so beautiful

Grand Teton National Park

At Jenny Lake, we went for boat tour. We skipped the Hidden Falls hike as we were running out of time and also it was getting cloudy.

Boating tour at Jenny Lake

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Jackson Lake Reservoir
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Colter Bay Beach

We loved this beach totally, the spectacular views, chasing sunsets and the highlight was meeting an elderly couple. They got married in Grand Tetons and they were here just watching the sunset in peace as they celebrated their 20th Wedding Anniversary. The below pic is clicked by them. 

Grand Teton National Park is way more beautiful and splendid than you would imagine. A true gem with pristine lakes, splendid views and majestic mountains.

If you have a day or two extra, we would suggest you to enjoy some nice hikes if you are visiting in the summer. It’s a popular destination in summer for mountaineering, hiking, backcountry camping and fishing. If you plan to visit in the winter make sure Grand Teton National Park is open. They do have winter activities like cross country skiing, cross country snowshoeing and snowmobiling. As we both work full time, it sometimes gets difficult, to obtain leaves. But this never stopped us from exploring and traveling.

Tips for visiting the Grand Teton National Park –

  • There are American restaurants in Jackson Hole, world class resorts with all facilities, but if you are a vegetarian like me, you may face problems with regards to finding food.
  • The restaurants usually close anywhere between 7-9 pm. Hence, plan your itinerary accordingly.
  • Get loads of water and ready-to-eat instant foods. This is the reason why I choose AirBnB’s over hotels. I can cook my meals and worry less about what to eat.
  • There are camping options available, if you would like to camp here in the Grand Teton.
  • Check for weather as it can change quickly  without a warning.
  • Pets are not allowed on trails, in the backcountry, in visitor centers, or on the Multi-use Pathway and must be leashed at all times. They are however allowed in front country areas which can be accessible by car.

Be Bear Aware –

  • Bears thrive in Grand Teton and Yellowstone, so it is always wise to carry a bear spray.
  • Dont leave food items unattended. Bears can smell anything and everything.
  • While hiking, be aware of your surroundings, if approached by a bear, don’t try to run. They might try to attack you.
  • Each bear will react differently depending on it’s mood. They are dangerous wild animals.
  • Never abandon food because of an approaching bear. Always take the food with you. When the bear gets to eat the food, they often become aggressive.
  • Most of all, do not panic, stay calm.

I have written a detailed post on planning a trip to Grand Teton and Yellowstone here. You can also check posts on other parks of USA – Arches, Zion, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Yellowstone and Goblin Valley.

Thank you for visiting! If you have any questions / suggestions / feedback you can comment below or send me an email. I would love to hear back from you.

Have a nice day!

 

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