Jusr returned from a 5 day trip to these two parks. Here is my recommendations:
1. Grand Teton is best seen in the morning light. This is because the road lies to the east of the mountains and in the afternoon, since the sun is on the other side of mountains, the mountains appear dark and their features are hard to note. However silhouttes ar sunset may be dramatic.
1. Out of all lodges in Tetons, I liked the location of the Jackson Lake lodge the best. It is one of the best places from where to see all the mountains.
3. If you want to take a float ride, book it in advance. The location of the starting point for these are in Moose, but the companies which book the excursion are not located there.
1. It is a must to go to Bear Tooth Mountains. In my view, the trip is not complete without going there. Reserve half a day atleast for this trip. This must be one of the most scenic highways in the world. It is somehwat reminescent of the "Road to Hana" in Maui, Hawaii. In some ways it may even be better! However I must say that the raod is very curvacious and it requires extreme concentration to drive there. I was very nervous during the last few miles of that highway. I have some phobia of hights and that added to my anxiety. Try to return back before the sunset. But you will be ewarded for this trip with breathtaking vistas.
3. Take enough memory cards with you. The price of these there is four times as much.
4. Lamar Valley: what a wondorous place to be in! Serene and gentle. The best part of Yellowstone for me.
5. In the Canyons, donot miss the Uncle Tom Trail to the base of the lower falls. It is very steep (equal to a 30 story building, but can be done by even sedentary folks like me and my wife.
All in all, a very beatiful trip.