10 of the Best Sights at Grand Teton National Park
Rich with majestic mountaintops, blue and white glaciers, meadows of wildflowers, and serene lakes, Grand Teton National Park is a sight to behold in northwest Wyoming. It encompasses the Teton mountain range, the spectacular Grand Teton peak, and our beloved valley of Jackson Hole. This popular destination offers guests a variety of seasonal outdoor activities including mountaineering, hiking, and skiing, but is mostly known for it’s unsurpassed sightseeing opportunities. If you want to experience Wyoming from a bird’s-eye view, be sure to add a visit to Grand Teton National Park to your bucket list.
Explore Grand Teton National Park
One of the most renowned national parks in the country, the Tetons are guaranteed to take your breath away. Plus, when you stay at the Bentwood Inn in Jackson Hole, you’ll be just a ten-minute drive from all of the stunning sights! Here are some of the best things to see at Grand Teton National Park.
- Wildlife: This park is perfect for observing animals in their natural habitat. Keep an eye out for little fellows like short-tailed weasels and beavers, as well as bison, elk, wolves, black bears, and grizzly bears.
- Jenny Lake: Take a scenic drive around a loop that meanders around the lake’s eastern shore for incredible views of the mountains, or head down the five-mile Signal Mountain Summit Road for overlooks that are perfect for viewing Jackson Hole in the distance.
- Jackson Lake: This lake is the remnant of a large glacial gouging from the neighboring Teton Range and is one of the largest high altitude lakes in the United States. Numerous species of fish inhabit the lake including lake trout, fine-spotted cutthroat trout, and mountain whitefish.
- Schwabacher Landing: The wetlands and marshes found in this floodplain provide a vital plant and animal habitat and offer guests the opportunity to observe an active beaver colony.
- Death Canyon: Contrary to its name, Death Canyon is perfect for a mild and peaceful hike through the pine forest and overlooks picturesque Phelps Lake.
- Mormon Row: Visit these historic barn and ranch buildings along the Jackson-Moran Road to learn more about the settlers who established the community here in the 1890s.
- Fall Foliage: The park’s large stands of trees have leaves that blaze yellow and orange throughout the fall and are ideal for leaf-peepers. You can admire the Cottonwoods on the banks of the Snake River, beautiful Aspens on hillsides, and canyon trails covered by carpets of yellow and red.
- Snow-Covered Mountains: In the winter, the park is a popular destination for photographers who wish to capture the beauty of a frozen and serene Teton winterscape. Be sure to pack your camera!
- Yellowstone National Park: Nearby Yellowstone sits atop a volcanic hot spot and features dramatic canyons, lush forests, hot springs, and gushing geysers. It’s also home to hundreds of animal species including bears, wolves, bison, elk and antelope.
- Amphitheater Lake: Hike a trail to this lake for a stunning view of 13,770-foot Grand Teton and 12,928-foot Mt. Owen through the trees. You’ll also find another break in the canopy that offers great views of Jackson Hole.
Incredible Sights at the Bentwood Inn
From scenic views of the local national parks and wildlife refuges to stunning rooms and suites, our luxurious bed and breakfast is the perfect place to relax and admire the natural beauty that’s right outside your window. Whether you choose to explore the park or simply sit back and take it all in, a visit to Wyoming will be a once-in-a-lifetime trip you’ll never forget! For more tips on planning your perfect Jackson Hole getaway, download our free vacation guide.
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