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GTNP for a short stay - Must Sees and Must Dos?

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GTNP for a short stay - Must Sees and Must Dos?

We are a family of 4 with 2 kids aged 10 & 12.

We will be driving from West Yellowstone to Jackson, WY early in the morning of July 19.

We will be spending July 19 & 20 in the GTNP area in Jackson, WY before leaving on July 20 in the late afternoon/early evening.

Any recommendations on attractions that are must-sees/must dos?

Many thanks.

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1. Re: GTNP for a short stay - Must Sees and Must Dos?

Actually, we will be in Jackson, WY - GTNP for 2 nights (July 19 & July 20) and leaving early on July 21.We are arriving from West Yellowstone on July 19 around midday/early afternoon.

Please advise of best /must-sees and dos activities to do and attractions for that timeframe.

Thanks!!

Edited: 27 April 2013, 08:41
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2. Re: GTNP for a short stay - Must Sees and Must Dos?

Hello -- I pulled this off the Top Questions to the Right. Hope it helps.Happy Travels.

For a two day trip in Grand Teton Park during the summer, one might try some of the following:

• Drive the Antelope Flats Road to look for Pronghorn, Moose, Bison and maybe even wolves. Also a good opportunity to visit Morman Row, where you can see abandoned homesteaders bares and houses from the turn of the 20th century. Don’t forget to take a photo of the famous Moulton Barn at Mormon Row. This is a good trip before or after your flight because it is near the airport. Head East at the Gros Ventre Junc towards Kelly. Follow this road as it loops around and comes back out on the highway north of the airport. Mormon Row intersects this loop. It’s recommended you enter the Morman Row, where it intersects at the North end for pics of the Moulton Barn as it is nearest this area.

• Take the Boat across Jenny Lake, hike to Hidden Falls, up to Inspiration Point, and even further back into Cascade Canyon as time allows one of the prettiest canyons in Grand Teton Park.

• Take the Tram to the top of Rendezvous Mountain at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, just south of Grand Teton Park, for 360 degree views of the Jackson Hole Valley, and surrounding peaks.

• Visit one or both of the fairly new Visitor Centers located in the park – The Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose, and Laurance S. Rockefeller Center off the Moose Wilson Road - both interesting and inviting in their own right.

• If you are at Laurance S. Rockefeller Center, take one of the numerous and easy hikes to Phelps Lake.

• Take a scenic float with one of the many outfitters permitted in the park. Some of these views are only tangible via a boat ride such as this!

• Sit on the back deck of Jackson Lake Lodge and look for the inevitable Grizzly that will make his/her appearance in the brush below, especially in early season.

• Rent a kayak or canoe to explore the shores of Jackson or Jenny Lake.

• Eats: Jackson Lake Lodge for wonderful breakfast buffet, Signal Mountain Lodge for mile high Nachos, Leeks Pizza for the best Pizza, or Dornans at the end of the day for wonderful views on top of a roof top deck. Don’t forget the town of Jackson or Teton Village a short drive south offers a plethora of other dining choices and activities.

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3. Re: GTNP for a short stay - Must Sees and Must Dos?

Excellent, Bluebird.

So, how feasible is this:

- July 19: arriving in Jackson, WY around midday from West Yellowstone. Drive the Antelope Flats Road to look for Pronghorn, Moose, Bison and maybe even wolves.

Do Mormon Row. Take tram to top of Rendez-vous Mountain.

- July 20. Early am (8am) : Take boat accross Jenny Lake, hike to Hidden Falls, up to Inspiration Point, and even further back into Cascade Canyon.

In afternoon, Take a scenic float with Barker Ewing.

Is the above itinerary feasible? Are we missing anything for our short stay?

How do we get to the boat across Jenny Lake?

Many thanks for your feedback and suggestions.

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4. Re: GTNP for a short stay - Must Sees and Must Dos?

Hi,

That sounds doable. If you download or reference a map of Grand Teton Park, you will see where Jenny Lake is, and its cooresponding parking lot. There will also be signs as you drive down the road heading N from the Moose Entrance.

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5. Re: GTNP for a short stay - Must Sees and Must Dos?

Excellent plans for the first day. Short drive and tram is definitely doable. You might also consider taking "The Gondola" which takes you up to "The Deck" restaurant. Especially if you wouldn't mind just relaxing, taking in the view and getting a bite to eat. (Their fried mushrooms are excellent!)

I would recommend having a plan B as well incase it is overcast, and you would just be in the clouds.

Your 2nd day is also a great plan. Although I would definitely recommend an early start to beat the crowds, as well as give you time to rest up a bit before your float trip.

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6. Re: GTNP for a short stay - Must Sees and Must Dos?

If we do the 42-mile scenic loop, will we be able to see all the main places of interest on that route?

If so, where do we start?

Thanks.

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