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Grand Teton National Park - What to Expect
Sublime Sightseeing Scenery in the Grand Teton Range of Wyoming
Of all the places I have personally visited, Grand Teton National Park was the most dramatic and beautiful place -- next to Yellowstone, which is only a few miles away in Wyoming. Weather can change in an instant, from hot to cold in a matter of minutes, as the sky go from dark, ominous downpours to colorful panoramic sunsets in the next moment. The wildlife is inescapable all around, with bison herds roaming the park, large elk mobs grazing the open fields, moose and river otters wading in rivers, and black bears hunting for food in the deep forest. The sightseeing is virtually unmatched all across North America, with stunning mountain views and scenery.
Grand Teton National Park is one of the most stunning parts of the United States. Visually, it's splendor is hard to match anywhere in the west. From the city of Jackson, you can catch an excellent view of the Teton range. One of the iconic views of this mountain range can be seen on the pasture at the foot of the mountains.
This park really made an impression on me in 2005, our honeymoon trip. After driving through Yellowstone, Grand Teton was not a destination we had even anticipated seeing, but we were driving through on our way to Jackson, aka Jackson Hole. There was a storm passing through, which made the scenery especially dramatic. As we passed through to lower elevations, the steam and fog were rising across the pastures at the foothills. The sun was breaking through, just enough to light up the pasture and surrounding rain clouds. As we got closer to Jackson, there was a herd of deer grazing. It made for an incredible photo opportunity, yet we were very anxious to get to our hotel after a long day in Yellowstone.
Photo by nileguide.
Hot Air Balloon - Giddyup! A hot air balloon passes in front of the Tetons on this sunny day
Grand Teton is...
- Only miles from Yellowstone, so take the time to include it on your trip to Wyoming
- A beautiful drive that will guarantee abundant wildlife viewing
- Far from most hotels, so make a day trip of this place if staying near Yellowstone
Panorama of Grand Teton National Park - A beautiful landscape scene of the Tetons in the distance with a pond scene in the foreground
This is one of the most scenic spots in the entire USA, so bring a good camera. The best time to visit is late spring through early fall to avoid snow.
Grand Teton Mountain Crest - A warm, orange glow on the tallest of the Grand Teton peaks
Tranquility in Jackson Hole - The winding Snake River of Jackson Hole is something you'll never forget!
While the mountains are difficult to navigate (if you can get there at all) in the winter months, the base of the mountain and the town of Jackson is accessible, allowing this beautiful shot.
Dramatic Sunlight over the Teton Range - Sublime photo of a purple sunstreaked sky
The scenery here is never anything but dramatic. Calm, blue skied days are open, ever-changing, and teeming with wildlife below. The weather here is unpredictable, as you can see in this photo, the unsure skies are providing an interesting sunset over the mountains.
Moulton Barn Grand Tetons Photo Print - The beautiful mountain range provides a marvelous backdrop for this famous barn in Jackson Hole
This is one of the most photographed areas of Wyoming, and is very accessible to tourists. If you're headed to Jackson from the Grand Teton National Park, you can't miss the Moulton Barn which sits on the large pasture beneath the mountains. This photo displays perfectly the surreal environment which can be found here.
Misty Winter Snake River Photo - The beauty of Snake River in the chilly winter months
The nearby geothermal activity and the Snake River influence the scenery of this region dramatically, as you can see in this print.
Moon over the Grand Tetons - The moon says hello near dusk
You'll be hard pressed to find a clearer sky than you'll find in the Yellowstone region. Unlike the east and west coasts, the state of Wyoming has incredibly clear skies that exhibit spectacular views of the nighttime starry skies.
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