Teton Park Road#2 in Best Things To Do in Grand Teton National Park
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Teton Park Road winds around the base of the Teton Range, offering visitors an overview of the park, including views of the Tetons, Menors Ferry Historic District, the Snake River Overlook and Jenny Lake. You'll also likely spot some wildlife, such as elk, moose, bison and maybe even a bear or two.
If you can't hike through the park, one traveler says Teton Park Road is the next-best way to explore the park, adding that the turnouts are "amazing." As with other popular attractions within the park, reviewers advise you get an early start to avoid a slowdown. Several visitors also suggest purchasing the GyPSy Guide app for your smartphone if you're interested in a more in-depth commentary than the visitor center pamphlets can provide.
Visitors can access Teton Park Road – also known as the 42-Mile Scenic Loop Drive – from the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center. Before hopping in the car for the scenic drive, visitors should stop inside the center to pick up a map of the route. They should also check with rangers about some of the best places to stop the car and sightsee. Keep in mind that the road is open from around May to October; heavy snow makes it impassable in the winter. The drive is free to access with park admission. To learn more about Teton Park Road, visit the National Park Service's website.
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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.