Sunday, June 12, 2016

grand teton national park

i've seen quite a few mountain ranges in my life, but the grand tetons just might take the cake. i mean, the french trappers who first saw them named them "les trois tetons", or the three breasts. what's not to like about that? plus, their jagged, gray peaks against a clear blue sky are pretty magnificent. 

a quick guide to grand teton -- 

eat: just outside of grand teton is the small ski town of jackson hole. in the winter i'm sure it's packed to the gills with skiers and snowboarders, but in the summer it's inhabited with families and lovers of outdoor adventure. and everyone was eating at teton thai. it was that good. 

see: moose!! 

do: grand teton national park is approximately 500 sq. miles of gray mountains, green valleys, and blue lakes. explore it all. there are little, easy hikes and incredibly strenuous ones; find the one that best fits your ability and time frame and get out there! we did a nice hike around string lake that was spectacular. it wasn't too long or difficult, but it had amazing views of the mountains and the lake. if you have enough time, plan a little picnic or rent a kayak and make a day of it. (fyi: it's $30 per car to visit grand teton, but if you want to visit both yellowstone and grand teton national parks, it's $50. both passes last for 7 days.)

sleep: the hostel, in jackson hole, is the perfect place to stay for those on a budget, as finding camping in grand teton is a difficult task. but the hostel has it all: lockers for your skis/snowboards, fridges to put your food in, game rooms and movies to watch, rooms with four beds, perfect for a family, and bunk rooms, for larger groups or single travelers. 

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