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When and If... What's Best??

lost in Ohio
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When and If... What's Best??

Hello All

We would really like to spend a full week hiking at Grand Teton and enjoying all of the best.

IF you could spend a week -- and money was not at all an issue -- what would be the BEST time of the year to visit and what would be the BEST place to stay. (And even what would be the BEST room in the best place.)

We are planning for the second half of 2011 or any time in 2012, so we have time to "get all the details right"

MANY Thanks for all your help. Great advise on TA has given us many great trips -- we really appreciate all the help.

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1. Re: When and If... What's Best??

Jenny Lake Lodge is wonderful - and expensive. The cabins are very nice and the food is great. We have not stayed at any other place in the Tetons so cannot rank it with others. We are planning to return to Jenny Lake.

AKJ
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2. Re: When and If... What's Best??

Jackson Lake Lodge and Signal Mountain Lodge are also very nice with very nice views if you find Jenny Lake Lodge to be more of a cost issue than expected.

At Jackson Lake, get a mountain view room. At Signal Mountain, some of the cottages have the views.

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3. Re: When and If... What's Best??

Time-wise, I'd suggest that you come after Labor Day. The crowds are reduced, the weather is cooler for hiking, the bugs (though never too bad) are reduced, the park is less busy. Most of our visitors come from California, so if you check on when CA schools restart in the fall and subtract about a week, that will tell when our crowds start to go down.

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4. Re: When and If... What's Best??

In response to your question about where to stay, you may be looking for more luxury than you'll find at a lodge in GTNP. If you don't mind being 20 minutes further away from hiking trails, consider these two luxurious (and quite expensive) properties, both on the top of the East Butte with fantastic views of the Teton Range.

http://www.springcreekranch.com/

http://www.amanresorts.com/amangani/home.aspx

lost in Ohio
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5. Re: When and If... What's Best??

Thanks -- but we really are looking for the best location IN the park or right next to the trails. We are wanting to spend out time outdoors hiking rather than driving to trailheads.

We'd appreciate any thoughts on what is the best place to stay -- and WHERE -- like what rooms, or descriptions of rooms -- is the best on site, since we know there are many differences at most properties.

Also, we still need to decide WHEN is the absolutely best time to go.

THANKS for all your help.

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6. Re: When and If... What's Best??

Gotcha.

Call the Jackson Lake Lodge and ask for the suite occupied by the Chairman of the Federal Reserve when he comes to JH each summer. My guess is that it's a pretty nice room with a dandy view of the lake and Tetons. The lodge is in a fine location for hiking.

As to when you come, please see my post above. If your ONLY concern is hiking, I'd come toward the end of September - great hiking conditions but too soon to get much snow even at higher elevations.

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