The peaks are higher, rivers mightier, skies bigger, wildlife more abundant, and landscapes more spectacular. Although the state is sparsely populated, Wyoming captures our imaginative perspective of the American West. It’s a land of fur trappers, ranchers, cowboys, and legendary men like Buffalo Bill and Washakie, the brave 19th-century leader of the Native American Shoshones.
Wyoming is also home to the first national park (Yellowstone), first national monument (Devils Tower), and the first national forest (Shoshone). Of all the special places in Wyoming, Jackson Hole is perhaps the best-known. Why? Breathtakingly beautiful views, outdoor adventure options, a sophisticated vibe, and great places to stay.
Discover Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks
Jackson Hole is the ultimate basecamp to explore Grand Teton and Yellowstone, two of America’s most famous national parks. Grand Teton can easily be visited in one day. Start at the south entrance near Teton Village and explore the Laurance Rockefeller Preserve. This interactive exhibit gives you a richer understanding of the park and celebrates the legacy of the Rockefeller family, whose donation of 33,000 acres of land made possible the creation of the present-day park in 1950. After, take the boat shuttle across Jenny Lake and marvel at the Tetons towering above you. Discover beautiful hiking and biking trails, including the path to the shore of Phelps Lake (my personal favorite). From the top of Signal Mountain or Oxbow Bend, you’ll discover indelible views of Mount Moran. Frame herds of bison grazing in open fields with your camera, then raft or kayak down the Snake River as you take in stunning scenery. Finally, don’t miss a visit the historic Mormon barns, which were built by settlers in the 19th century. Whatever you decide to do, take time to stop and admire the majestic views of the Teton Range—an unforgettable sight.
There is more to discover about the Yellowstone National Park HERE
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