Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (Purestock)

Lone tree in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (Drew Rush/Nat Geo/Getty)

Jackson Lake, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (National Park Service)

Cascade Canyon, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (Sarah Zenner)

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What to do in Grand Teton National Park

Even casual fans of Ansel Adams will recognize the subject of one his most famous photographs, The Tetons and the Snake River , taken just inside Grand Teton National Park. Although Adams took the photo some 70 years ago, the view is virtually the same today. This snaggle-toothed mountain range is like an otherworldly myth, rising up from the leveled landscape of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to snowcapped peaks that receive nearly 175 inches of snow annually. Come spring, it all melts and is replaced with fields of vibrant wildflowers surrounding a half-dozen scenic lake hikes. The park’s southern entrance is just five miles north of Jackson—where Hollywood, Wall Street, and D.C. elite like to congregate these days—but retains the pristine, arresting beauty that appealed to Adams, despite the fact that it sees some 2.6 million visitors a year.

Traveler Reviews of Grand Teton National Park


MrsJBolt rates Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park just outside of Yellowstone is probably on of the prettiest mountain scenes I've seen. The mountains seem to just shoot up behind the lake and are typically always covered with snow at the peak which adds more to the beauty. Days can be spent hiking the area, but if you plan on camping, take warm layers. It can get really cold as you get up in altitude. One of my favorites was Jenny Lake. It was small, pristine, and beautiful with the mountains. I'd definitely recommend at least stopping for a half day to explore the area after you are done with Yellowstone.
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