Grand Teton National Park & Jackson Hole

Chris and I embarked on a roadtrip adventure of MN, SD, ND, WY, MT, NE & ID and my upcoming posts will highlight our adventures thru these states, and share some of our favorites stops, sites and of course food options!

Named for the largest of its three signature peaks, Grand Teton National Park also contains lakes, forest and a section of the Snake River. In my opinion, Grant Teton is one of, if not the most striking and memorable locations I have visited in the United states thus far. At every turn there is a picturesque landscape, and I found myself overwhelmed with images I could look at for years to come.

Grand Teton National Park is located in northwestern Wyoming; north of the town of Jackson, Wyoming and south of Yellowstone National Park. Route suggestions are given on the website from Salt Lake City and Denver, along with shuttle service information and a list of nearby airports. We entered from Yellowstone, and due to road closures entered late at night.

Where to stay: 
 Grand Teton offers various options for those wanted to stay in the park. There are also multiple hotel options just outside the park. I recommend Hotel Terra in Jackson, Wyoming. We were able to find a great price online prior to visiting.

Why we loved it: The hotel is eco-hotel is LEED certified & they make it easy for guests to "go green as well" They offered great service, and were conveniently located to everything we wanted to see/do. The hotel had a great spa, spacious rooms, soaking tubs and C enjoyed the technology features- such as the interactive screen in each room.

Places to eat:
Spur Restaurant & Bar- welcoming fireplace, a lively bar, and free-range meat options!
Mangy Moose- great patio, eclectic vibe, we went for dinner 
Rendez-vous Bistro- the grilled Ahi tuna was amazing as were they lettuce wraps. They have a  varied menu, and we could see why the hotel suggested this as a local favorite.
Snake River Brewery & Restaurant - we went for a beer, and stayed for dinner. We both opt'd for wood fired pizzas but they also have pastas, sandwiches, soups, &  salads.

Things to do:
Jackson Hole offered a ton to do in the winter, and we look forward to going back in the summer to check out the farmer’s market (Saturday mornings) the weekly live concerts (held at the Snow King resort, and the Jackson Hole Rodeo (every Saturday and Wednesday evening)

The town square offers shopping, nightlife, and dinning. Jackson Hole is known as a home to some of the nation's best wildlife, and I already mentioned the views in the park- In my option the prior lends itself to amazing local artwork & photography. Chris and I spend hours wandering thru the galleries & spend a considerable amount of time at the National Museum of Wildlife Art (I am still wishing we bought a few pieces for the cabin)

On my  list for our next visit:
National Elk Refuge,
The Grand Teton Music Festival or Concert at Walk Festival Hall
summer visit- a hot air balloon ride, or horse back tour of Grand Teton & surrounding areas
Winter visit- a snowshoe/snowmobiling/dogsledding adventure

all of the above have various options for tours and rentals..

More on Grand Teton:

To be candid the weather conditions on our trip didn't allow for us to do a ton in the park other than hike (and we were ok with that knowing we would be back) The snow allowed for us to capture some truly beautiful images, engage in a snowball fight, craft mini-snowmen, and hike while staying cool!

We are already planning our next trip back, and thanks to the Park Activites & Park Calendar , we are looking forward to many of the things the park has to offer.

For those that have been.. do you have a favorite time to visit? Do you have things we need to add to our to do list when we return? Do you have any favorite restaurants?

1 comment:

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