Things You Cannot Miss on Your First Visit to Grand Teton in 2023

Are you looking forward to visiting the Grand Teton National Park but don’t know where to start? Look no further! We've compiled a comprehensive list of places you can't miss on your first visit.  And if you’re searching for incredible lodging - book your stay at Continuum Hotel, located in the heart of Teton Village. Whether you enjoy hiking, photography, leisurely walks, or scenic drives, Continuum is the perfect basecamp for all of these activities in the National Park.   

Places You Can’t Miss On Your Visit to Grand Teton National Park


Schwabacher's Landing

This stop places you on the banks of the magnificent Snake River and offers the best possible views of the Tetons. Most people pass Schwabacher's Landing without realizing what they are missing because it is such a hidden gem. You can get to the water via a charming little trail, and from there, you can follow the river to a sizable beaver pond. This is an excellent place to sit and take in the views since there are a few benches close to the water.

The Snake River Outlook 

Ansel Adams made the Snake River Overlook famous when he captured the Teton Range with the Snake River meandering through the forest in his famous photograph. You may now capture the identical image he did, just with taller trees, and admire the magnificence of these mountains. Rafting down the Snake River is also one of the most exciting activities you can enjoy at the Grand Teton National Park. The Snake River is conventionally designated as wild and scenic, meaning it is stunning and well protected. Rafting down it is the only way to appreciate its breathtaking splendor. Many excellent outfitters have permits to work inside the park's boundaries.

Jenny Lake Scenic Drive 

Jenny Lake, a stunning glacial lake tucked away at the base of the Teton Mountain Range, is named after the wife of an early resident. It is accessible by Jenny Lake Scenic Drive, which travels through a forest before opening up to a stunning Lakeview. You can park in the lot located on the southeast corner of the lake and sit by the shore to take in its beauty, or you may put on your hiking boots and explore the lake and its surroundings. This 5-mile-long lake road has only one direction. It may be reached in two to twenty-five minutes and is well-maintained. On the opposite side of the lake, accessible by hiking, you can also find inspiration points or hidden falls.

Mormon Row Historic District 

Mormon settlers from Salt Lake City established 27 homesteads here in 1890. In 1997, Mormon Row was included in the National Register of Historic Places. The Mormon Row District is one of the best places to watch the sunrise in Grand Teton National Park. If interested, you can visit and take pictures of two barns. The T.A. Moulton Barn and the Historic Mormon Row Barn are both on Grow Ventre Road, across Antelope Flats Road.

Laurance Rockefeller Preserve and Visitor Center

Grand Teton National Park's land is exceptionally preserved, largely thanks to the Rockefeller family. The Rockefeller family donated this reserve, an 1100-acre refuge inside Grand Teton National Park, in 2001. A very popular hike from the preserve is to Phelps Lake. The 7-mile, challenging loop around the lake takes about three to four hours and begins and ends at Laurence Preserve and visitor center. This preserve is quiet, serene, and meditative. 

Enjoy a guided tour of the wildlife in Grand Teton with Local Outfitters

Local guides lead visitors on an adventure into America's premier national park — Grand Teton National Park. Choose from sunrise or sunset tours; land or by boat tours to view fantastic scenery and see incredible wildlife. They also give informative talks about the park's history and geology. These guided tours include transportation, lunch, and expertly trained guides who share stories about the park's natural wonders.  

Planning your next trip to Grand Teton National Park?

Everyone should visit Grand Teton National Park, one of Wyoming's most breathtaking locations. If you do, take this list with you as you travel, return to nature, and make the most of your road trip - whether hiking with kids, camping with families, or on a solo photography expedition. A great hotel can make or break your vacation. Plan to stay with us and experience the Tetons the Continuum way. At Continuum Hotel, we offer outstanding accommodations at the heart of Jackson Hole, making it easier than ever to enjoy everything Grand Teton National Park has to offer. Enjoy the best from our guest rooms/lofts, a heated outdoor pool, a hot tub, and a bar and restaurant. From hiking to skiing, there's something for everyone! So book a reservation with us today and prepare for a fun-filled stay. We look forward to hearing from you!    

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