Grand Teton National Park and Jackson, WY

Jackson, Wyoming

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Snow-capped, jagged, and glistening in the sun, Grand Teton’s mountain peaks, rising as high as 13,770 feet, fulfill the vision of the American West as both rugged and beautiful. The Gros Ventre and Shoshoni tribes called the 40-mile range Teewinot, a word meaning “many pinnacles.” The mountains ascend sharply on the park’s western side, above mirror-like glacial lakes and a deeply forested valley. Grand Teton National Park, stretching for 310,521 acres across fields, mountains, and lakes and cut through by a river, is often bypassed on the way to the more famous, and more crowded, Yellowstone National Park to the north. But don’t pass this beauty by. While sharing much of Yellowstone’s larger-than-life scenery, Grand Teton is less crowded and less well known. As a result, on a visit here, families leave the throngs behind. You can hike on quiet trails, float down the Snake River, canoe on pristine lakes, and enjoy the frequent sightings of moose, deer, and elk. This eTrail is one complete vacation written with families in mind. It’s loaded with exciting things to do, family-friendly places to lodge and dine, recommended side trips, local sources of information, and detailed travel directions.
Great Family Vacations: Midwest & Rocky Mountain Region

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Great Family Vacations: Midwest & Rocky Mountain Region

by Candyce H. Stapen (The Globe Pequot Press)

Snow-capped, jagged, and glistening in the sun, Grand Teton’s mountain peaks, rising as high as 13,770 feet, fulfill the vision of the American West as both rugged and beautiful. The Gros Ventre and Shoshoni tribes called the 40-mile range Teewinot, a word meaning “many pinnacles.” The mountains ascend sharply on the park’s western side, above mirror-like glacial lakes and a deeply forested valley.

Grand Teton National Park, stretching for 310,521 acres across fields, mountains, and lakes and cut through by a river, is often bypassed on the way to the more famous, and more crowded, Yellowstone National Park to the north. But don’t pass this beauty by. While sharing much of Yellowstone’s larger-than-life scenery, Grand Teton is less crowded and less well known. As a result, on a visit here, families leave the throngs behind. You can hike on quiet trails, float down the Snake River, canoe on pristine lakes, and enjoy the frequent sightings of moose, deer, and elk. This eTrail is one complete vacation written with families in mind. It’s loaded with exciting things to do, family-friendly places to lodge and dine, recommended side trips, local sources of information, and detailed travel directions.

©  Candyce H. Stapen/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Jackson
Duration: Up to a week's worth of fun.
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Grand Teton National Park & Jackson, WY

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