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Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks

One of my most ambitious plans is to visit all the US National Parks. But, of course, it’ll be a long way: there are 59 parks! Let’s start with two of the most incredible ones: Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks

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Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks are part of the Rocky Mountains. This mountain chain crosses the US from north to south and is genuinely a planet’s gem! Anyone who loves nature should have Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks on their bucket list. You’ll see incredible landscapes, wildlife, immense lakes, and hiking trails that you can visit for between 1 and 3 days in each park.

Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks

Where Grand Teton and Yellowstone are located?

You can visit those two parks during the same trip. We landed in Salt Lake City and from there, we headed north in a rented car. We traveled a beautiful route up the mountains, with fantastic landscapes and places to stop if you want to make a no-rush journey. Also, you can get there on a flight to the Jackson Hole airport.

Traveler insight:
I recommend renting an SUV or RV since some internal roads are not paved or may be covered with snow, and you will also feel safer in the presence of animals.

Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park

Where to stay in Grand Teton National Park?

You can spend the night inside the park, either in hotels, ranches, or camping areas. You could also stay in hotels in Jackson Hole, a beautiful little town about 20 minutes from the first park entrance. There are good restaurants, breweries and souvenir shops there. (I will never forget the Philly sandwich we had at Big Hole BBQ)

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Traveler insight:
On your way to the park, go to the Visitor Center at the Jackson Hole exit. The staff is super welcoming and can recommend the best spots to see wild animals, such as bison and elks.

Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks

This park is spectacular from every angle. The mountains have such a unique charm that you will not get tired of looking at them.

7 best Grand Teton photo spots:

Mormon Row

Phelps Lake

Jenny Lake

Snake River Overlook

Oxbow Bend

Jackson Hole

Traveler Insight:

The best time to visit GRAND TETON is spring, summer, and fall. However, I prefer fall or spring since it is not as cold as in the winter and there are fewer people than during the summer.

Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks

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How to get to Yellowstone National Park

If you want to see unique things in nature, you must visit Yellowstone! The Geysers are the most incredible thing about this place, apart from its landscapes! These are craters of a thousand-year-old volcano on which the park rests.

You will find the south entrance a few hours from Jackson Hole. Although Yellowstone covers three states, it is relatively easy to travel since its roads surround the park’s interior.

We started south at Old Faithful. Here, you can see the geysers erupt every hour.

Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks

Where to stay in Yellowstone National Park

To explore the south and west of the park, we stayed in West Yellowstone, a small town 10 minutes away from the park’s West entrance. There is a wide variety of hotels at different prices. Unfortunately, the roads were closed due to heavy snowfall, and we spent another night in West Yellowstone.

Traveler Insight:

Before visiting Yellowstone, check road conditions; closures are widespread during and after a snowfall. In addition, some sections of the park are closed in some seasons.

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You can walk to the Yellowstone River Canyon from the hotel and enjoy a hiking day through the different trails along the mountains with powerful waterfalls.


Traveler Insight:

Although we had no bear encounters, we could see some tracks crossing the trails that went into the forest. We carry bear spray and a bell hanging on the backpack to prevent an untimely encounter. The bear spray must be purchased at the park since it cannot be transported by plane.

Where to See Animals in Yellowstone National Park

Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks

Our last excursion in the park was to Lamar Valley. We had to stop while a bison herd crossed the road just a few feet away! This was such a fantastic experience.

When we arrived at the valley, we wished to see the Yellowstone wolves, but we didn’t see anyone. Instead, we saw some reindeer and a fox. Bring binoculars! It’ll be worth it.

Another place that was recommended to spot wildlife is the Hayden Valley; however, you can see animals in many places in the park. The rangers constantly insist on not getting too close and not disturbing them. Yellowstone is not an amusement park. It is literally wildlife.

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Grand Teton and Yellowstone Nationa Parks are two places that I definitely would visit again, but I still have 57 national parks to visit 😉.

Which one would you recommend for my next destination? Please leave me your message in the comments!

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