While Yellowstone National Park may be the star attraction in Wyoming, there is still an abundance of other natural attractions you won’t want to miss in the Cowboy State. Just a 10-minute drive south of Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park features 310,000 acres of lush valleys, mountain meadows, alpine lakes and the majestic peaks of the Teton Range. Nearby, Jackson Hole offers hot springs, a beautiful river and numerous resorts.
If you’re planning a bucket list-worthy vacation to Yellowstone, be sure to also include these two natural treasures on your itinerary. (In fact, many guided tours already do!) Beautiful year round, here’s a guide to enjoying Grand Teton and Jackson Hole during any season.
Summer: Grand Teton’s Vibrant Season
Summer is the most popular time to visit since it gives travelers the opportunity to watch bison, elk, moose, bears, bighorn sheep and other wildlife. It’s also warm, making it the perfect weather for exploring 230 miles of hiking trails and climbing breathtaking mountain peaks. If you like fishing, there’s nothing like a summer day casting a line on the Snake River. Or, if you’re looking for scenic drives, cruise along Jenny Lake Scenic Drive and Signal Mountain Summit Road to enjoy the sights.
Fall: Autumn Colors in Grand Teton
Discover vibrant hues of red, yellow and orange bursting in Grand Teton’s landscape in fall. You’ll find ample opportunities for taking memorable photos, along with wildlife-watching expeditions, fly-fishing, horseback riding and biking along the paths that connect nearby Jackson to South Jenny Lake.
Winter: Snowy Wonderland
Experience the park when it is blanketed in snow. Lodging is limited in Grand Teton in winter but you can still find accommodations at Triangle X Ranch and Dornans Spur Ranch Cabins. Or, simply enjoy a day trip here to enjoy outdoor activities such as cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. The highways leading here are well-plowed in winter making for an enjoyable and scenic road trip with stunning views of snowy mountain landscapes.
Spring: Wildflowers and Animals
Experience wildflowers blooming and migrating wildlife during this quieter time of year. As the weather begins to warm up, elk herds move from the National Elk Refuge to the park and bison, deer and moose will start transitioning to summer ranges. For the ultimate wildlife experience, try a half-day or full day tour in a safari-style, four-wheel-drive vehicle with roof hatches for maximum visibility.
Don’t Miss Scenic Jackson Hole
Another popular stop on many mutliday national parks tours, Jackson Hole is a picturesque valley that stretches 48 miles between the Teton and Gros Ventre mountains ranges. Home to the National Elk Refuge, it contains the largest elk herd in the world. Other notable sites are the Snake River, Blacktail Butte, Jackson Lake, Granite Hot Springs, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, The Sleeping Indian, National Museum of Wildlife Art and Jackson Lake Lodge.
While there are some accommodations inside Grand Teton National Park, there is also an abundant variety of lodging in the town of Jackson. Just a half hour away, it’s a great place for kicking off a half-day or full-day trip to Grand Teton.
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