Grand Teton National Park demands your attention! You find yourself in awe looking across flat ground and out of nowhere is this massive snow capped mountain range.
Lucky for you there are several pullouts along the road. Be prepared though as each pullout is usually filled with visitors staring out at the magnificent Teton Range armed with cameras in hand trying to capture their beauty. Almost 4 million visitors a year come to see the Tetons and why not, it is only a short drive from Yellowstone National Park making it a great experience.
Like Yellowstone National Park, there is an abundance of wildlife and gorgeous scenery. It is not uncommon to see antelope, elk, moose, bear, bison and deer as you drive through the park. It is also a birders paradise so remember to bring your binoculars. The town of Jackson is located at the south end of the park. Each store tries to cash in on the star attraction of the Tetons by having moose shirts, pictures, postcards and antler chandeliers. If they have something for a tourist to buy, you can count on it having a moose on it too.
There is a great 4X4 scenic drive in the park that gets you away from the crowds. There you will find more wildlife than people and great views of the mountain range too. Jeeps with people giggling are often seen splashing in the mud puddles after a good rainfall.
Many visitors do not give themselves enough time to enjoy this park. They simply think they are going to see a big mountain, take a picture and off to see the animals and geysers at Yellowstone. There are over 200 miles of hiking trails, lakes, incredible wildlife viewing, boating, biking and winter activities to name a few within Grand Teton National Park. The town of Jackson is fun to visit and makes a great pit stop to fuel your car and your appetite. Take your time and enjoy two gems of the National Park system. The memories you make here will last a lifetime.
Here are some of our favorite photos from our last trip to Grand Teton National Park:
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