Grand Teton National Park Boat Tours#6 in Best Things To Do in Grand Teton National Park
One of the most refreshing ways to explore Grand Teton National Park – especially in the heat of summertime's peak season – is via boat. A number of tour companies operate float or rafting trips down the Snake River or mini-cruises on the park's Jenny and Jackson lakes. Some of these companies also rent kayaks and canoes should travelers want to take self-guided tours of the river and lakes.
Travelers can't say enough about their boat trips, citing friendly and knowledgeable guides and wildlife-spotting opportunities. If you need a break from all the hiking, reviewers say a float or boating trip is a nice change of pace.
Most tour companies open for the season in mid-May, operating through the end of September. Although prices vary, travelers should expect to spend around $20 per person for a cruise and about $50 for a long float trip. For more information on schedules and pricing, check out the individual websites of tour operators, such as traveler-recommended Solitude Float Trips, National Park Float Trips and Jenny Lake Boating.
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#1 Jenny Lake
The 2-mile-long, 250-foot-deep Jenny Lake is the muse of many an artist and photographer –and a great place to base your Grand Teton National Park trip. Depending on the weather, visitors can fish, paddle, swim, or boat its waters, or they can take the moderate 7 ½-mile round-trip hike from the Jenny Lake Trailhead for views of Cascade Canyon, Storm Point, Symmetry Spire and Mount Moran, among others. There is also a much shorter 1 ½ -mile round-trip hike to Hidden Falls, which is a traveler favorite. It's a central spot for visitors wanting to spend a night at the campsite or upscale Jenny Lake Lodge. If travelers would rather boat than hike their way to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point, they can hop aboard the Jenny Lake Boating shuttle service, which offers shuttles every 10 to 15 minutes during the day. Taking the shuttle will knock off 2 miles (each way) to the Cascade Canyon trailhead.
Hit this popular trail early to avoid the crowds (the parking at the southern end of Jenny Lake is often full from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), but don't miss it since recent travelers describe it as a "must-see" with "great views." Others called Jenny Lake the "prettiest" in the country.
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