Road Trip to Grand Teton and Yellowstone, Part 2

After our experience running into an elk/moose/caribou and getting a good night’s rest, it was time to continue our road trip to Grand Teton National Park. Grand Teton National Park is about two (2) hours away from Rexburg, but trust me, it is well worth the drive!

Driving through the mountains is surreal and so beautiful. However, it is winding and you need to be careful of wildlife and falling rocks.

Road Trip: Grand Teton

Grand Teton is home to insanely beautiful mountain peaks, abundant wildlife, world-class hiking terrain, and picturesque landscapes everywhere you turn. It is located just minutes outside of Jackson and connects to Yellowstone National Park.

Grand Teton Quick Facts

Location Located in northwestern Wyoming; north of the town of Jackson, Wyoming, and south of Yellowstone National Park.

Price Private, non-commercial vehicle: $35 These fees provide the visitor with a 7-day entrance permit for Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway only.

Hours Grand Teton National Park is open twenty-four hours every day, year-round. Seasonal road closures may limit auto access to some areas in the park during the winter.

Grand Teton

We made multiple stops and that included hikes to see the beauty of the Teton range. The stops were:

  • Schwabacher Landing: A popular spot to see wildlife, and catch a reflection of the Teton mountains on the waters of Snake River. This landing can be accessed from Highway 191, north of the barns. Get here early in the morning.
  • Snake River Overlook: A breathtaking overlook made famous by an Ansel Adams photograph. Continue on highway 191 from Schwabacher Landing and you’ll reach the overlook on the left side of the road.
  • Oxbow Bend: To get a panoramic view of the Tetons. The bend is also on Highway 191, and a popular spot to watch sunrise and sunset.
  • Jenny Lake: If you have time for a hike, explore Jenny Lake which is at the base of the Teton mountains.

Jackson Hole

When researching the area, I was confused about Jackson and Jackson Hole. Which one was it? Lol! Well, I found out it is both! The Town of Jackson is located in the valley of Jackson Hole.

Anywho, after spending time in Grand Teton, we opted for dinner in Jackson/Jackson Hole before heading back to Rexburg.

It is such a cute western town and we wished we had more time to explore and/or maybe stay there. Anywho, it was nice to have dinner and enjoy a drink before heading back to Rexburg.

Note: If you are traveling to the area during the touristy season, make sure to make reservations. It was hard to find a spot to accommodate 4 people. Also, since the outside was “open” not a lot of restaurants were fully operational.

Lastly, as you leaving Jackson, make sure to catch the beauty of the flora.

The best part was driving back to the hotel during sunset. The sun was guiding us.

Thank you so much for reading this blog and joining me in my adventures! Make sure to check out part one of our Road Trip to Grand Teton and Yellowstone, part one, and my other blogs. Contact me when you are ready to travel domestically or internationally. I am here to curate a trip for you, your friends, and your family.

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