Wyoming is known to many visitors as the primary home of our nation’s darling Yellowstone National Park. Upon arrival, these visitors must be surprised to find another equally beautiful park just to the south. After hearing all the amazing things to do in Grand Teton National Park, we’re sure they’ll find themselves pulling into its borders very soon.
We put together a one-day itinerary of things to do in Grand Teton National Park that no one should miss. Be sure to let us know what you think below in the comments, and if you’re feeling extra spectacular shoot this post a like and a share, as always, enjoy! One last thing before you get to far, remember to…
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See the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center
Assuming you’re pulling in from Jackson and heading north through the park, you’re first stop should be should be at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center. For kids, they have the Junior Rangers program and best part is, its free! It helps them learn about the park’s wildlife, history, and future preservation so they can earn a park ranger patch. For adults, the center offers free ranger guided tours around the park, a short movie about the parks famous mountains, and we also think the building is just super cool so you should at least stop in. Lastly, it’s a great place to make sure there are no closures in the park and fill up your water bottles before your adventure begins!
Hiking at Jenny Lake
We seriously can’t say enough about how beautiful Jenny Lake is. Anyone who has been knows that this is one of the best things to do in Grand Teton National Park. With wildlife everywhere you turn, mountains mirrored off the water, and endless trails, Jenny Lake is one of our favorite places in the world. We highly recommend everyone take the Hidden Falls trail along the lake’s south shore. Roundtrip the hike is around 5 miles long and features unparalleled views of the valley. The trail climbs a few hundred feet, and is well marked and maintained, making it doable for most people! There is also a ferry that takes you across the lake and pops you out just a mile away if that… floats your boat. 🙂
Picnic at Signal Mountain Lookout
Your lunch stop should always be at the top of Signal Mountain. Standing just shy of 900 feet above the valley floor, the lookout on top of Signal Mountain offers expansive views of the lakes and forests below and some amazing partial-views of the Tetons. To get to the mountain just turn right onto Signal Mountain Road and follow it to the top. If you reach the dam you’ve gone too far so turn around at the next pull-out. There are bathrooms and a few tables at the top which fill up pretty quickly. Grab one and make it the perfect spot to take a break and chow down after your hike!
Visit the Jackson Lake Lodge
This lodge is actually a bit of a misnomer because it sits around a mile from the lake’s edge. However, the lodge still offers unbelievable views of the mountains themselves via its 60 foot tall picture windows. Between the lake and lodge is a plain where you can spot moose, elk, deer, and other wildlife all day. The lodge also features numerous famous murals and Native-American artifacts that you are free to examine on your own. Depending on when you arrive, you can make this a meal stop by enjoying the amazing in-house Pioneer Grill.
Go Boating at Colter Bay
One of our favorite things to do in Grand Teton National Park is boating on Jackson Lake. The marina in Colter Bay allows you to do just that by renting kayaks, canoes, and motorboats! For two hours of your time and $25 dollars you can rent a kayak and quickly explore the bays along the lake’s shoreline. It really adds a new perspective to the scale and size of mountains above you. It also allows you to explore the park in a way most people never do!