I'm seeking advice on a quick trip to Grand Teton NP and wonder how much we can cover in our short time there.
We plan to drive to Jackson, WY, from Gardiner, MT, and stay one night in Jackson and see as much of GTNP as possible. Google and MapQuest maps say it will take around 4 hours to reach Jackson from Gardiner. Because of the great reviews, we're considering staying at the Motel 6 in Jackson (I think about a 30-minute drive from GTNP).
We plan to spend the afternoon and stay as late as we can in GTNP the afternoon of that drive.
We'd love to drive the 42-mile scenic loop and also see Jenny Lake. Is this feasible in one afternoon/evening? How long should we expect this scenic loop drive to take, including stops and maybe some short hikes? Is it possible to cover this in an afternoon/evening?
After seeing what we can that afternoon/evening, we'll spend one night in Jackson. Do we need to worry about night driving there as we make our way back to Jackson? The next morning, we'll need to head out to Cheyenne, WY, for an overnight stop and begin making our way back home to NC.
Is it worth it to possibly stop by GTNP again before heading out on our 7-hourish drive to Cheyenne the next morning?
We really wish we had more time to devote to a Grand Teton visit, but we're covering a great deal in our 3-week roadtrip and must head back to NC from Jackson. We plan to visit Badlands NP and Custer SP in SD, and Glacier NP and Yellowstone NP during our trip. We'll be traveling with our adventurous 11-year old.
Thank you very much for any advice and suggestions you can offer.