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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.