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Boasting a whopping 310,000 acres of jagged, snow-capped peaks, verdant forests and crystal-clear alpine lakes, Grand Teton National Park is the highlight of any trip to Jackson Hole. It was amidst these stunning mountains that nomadic Paleo-Indians spent their summers almost 11,000 years ago and that America's 19th-century fur-trading industry thrived. Now, Grand Teton National Park plays the role of wild wonderland, offering visitors a taste of the mighty wilderness that pioneers encountered a couple of centuries ago.

There are numerous reasons to visit Grand Teton. To get a feel for the park, take a drive along the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway, which traces the eastern side of the stunning Jackson Lake and continues north to the entrance of Yellowstone National Park. However, don't spend all your time behind the wheel. Opportunities to hike, mountain climb, cross-country ski and fish are abundant. And keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of Grand Teton's full-time residents, which include moose, elk and bison. Bears and coyotes also call the park home, so take extra precautions when heading out on a hike or setting up camp.

Recent travelers raved about the park's attractions, using words like "magnificent" and "beautiful" to describe its natural wonders. If the weather allows, many also suggested going for a few short hikes to make the most of the park's beauty. The Taggart Lake Trail is a popular, short hike that offers incredible views of Taggart Lake and the surrounding streams.

Grand Teton National Park is about 13 miles north of Jackson and about 7 miles south of Yellowstone. The park is open to exploration throughout the year; however, many roads close during the winter due to dangerous driving conditions, and several of the visitor centers only operate during the spring, summer and fall. You will have to pay a fee to get in: For $35, you (and your car) will have access to both Grand Teton and the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway for seven days. Entrance to Yellowstone is separate. For more information, check out our Grand Teton National Park travel guide.

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#1 Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Occupying a large chunk of Teton Village in the northwest corner of the valley, the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a vacation destination unto itself. The primary resort area in ... Read more » Courtesy Visit Jackson Hole

#2 Grand Teton National Park Boasting a whopping 310,000 acres of jagged, snow-capped peaks, verdant forests and crystal-clear alpine lakes, Grand Teton National Park is the highlight of any trip to Jackson Hole ... Read more » Steven Olmstead Photography / Getty Images

#3 National Elk Refuge Every autumn, Jackson Hole resonates from the distinctive mating calls of one of its most prominent residents: elk. These large, deer-like creatures have roamed Jackson Hole and the nearby Teton ... Read more » Julie Palermo / EyeEm / Getty Images

#4 Jackson Hole Playhouse Just because the sun's gone down and the ski lifts have closed doesn't mean the fun has to stop. In the evenings, valley visitors head to the Jackson ... Read more » Courtesy of the Jackson Hole Playhouse

#5 Granite Hot Springs Jackson Hole's many natural attractions may cater primarily to adventure junkies, but the Granite Hot Springs are reserved solely for those in need of some rest and relaxation. Open ... Read more » pychap / Flickr

#6 Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum With a stop by the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, travelers can learn about the area's Wild West history. Through artifacts, historical narratives and photographs, visitors will glimpse ... Read more » Courtesy of Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum/CJ Adams

#7 National Museum of Wildlife Art Combining Jackson Hole's love for the arts with its age-old respect for local fauna, the National Museum of Wildlife Art is definitely worth a visit. Located less than 3 ... Read more » Courtesy National Museum of Wildlife Art

#8 Snow King Resort If you're looking to add a dash of history to your downhill run, consider a visit to the Snow King Resort in Jackson. Founded in 1939, Snow King was ... Read more » Courtesy of Snow King Resort

#9 Grand Targhee Resort For those of you who aren't quite ready for the black diamond slopes at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the Grand Targhee Resort offers easier, more family-friendly runs. Located ... Read more » KevinCass / Getty Images

# Yellowstone National Park Read more » Nina Waldmeier / EyeEm / Getty Images

# Teton Raptor Center Read more » Don Henderson / Getty Images

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Located at the base of Rendezvous Mountain, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort offers prime access to 2,500 acres of ski runs and 4,139 feet of vertical drop. Courtesy Visit Jackson Hole

The 310,000-acre Grand Teton National Park offers plenty of outdoor activities including hiking, climbing, biking, skiing, boating and horseback riding, to name a few. Steven Olmstead Photography / Getty Images

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Come for the play, but stay for dinner. The Jackson Hole Playhouse provides dinner to theater guests, not to mention singing waitors. Courtesy of the Jackson Hole Playhouse

Not only does Granite Hot Springs soothe the muscles of visitors with its high temperatures, its pictuesque location among the Bridger-Teton National Forest gives visitors a view they'll never forget.  pychap / Flickr

The Jackson Hole Museum illustrates a time when cowboys and American Indians once roamed the wild lands of the West. Courtesy of Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum/CJ Adams

The National Museum of Wildlife Art's sculpture trail features nearly 30 permanent and temporary works of art. Beginning at Bart Walter’s Wapiti Trail, the trail overlooks the National Elk Refuge Courtesy National Museum of Wildlife Art

Opened in 1939, Snow King was Wyoming's first established ski area. Courtesy of Snow King Resort

At Grand Targhee Resort, you'll find more than 2,500 acres of ski terrain that sees an average of 500 inches of snowfall each year. KevinCass / Getty Images

If you're looking for a scenic daytrip near Jackson Hole, consider a drive to Yellowstone National Park. Nina Waldmeier / EyeEm / Getty Images

Head to the Teton Raptor Center in Wilson, Wyoming, to learn about birds of prey in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Don Henderson / Getty Images

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