Location: Perched on a bluff overlooking Willow Flats, Jackson Lake, and the Teton Range.
Best for: Anyone who wants an eco-resort experience inside Grand Teton National Park (and near Yellowstone).
Jackson Lake Lodge boasts 385 rooms, from the stunning suites in the main lodge to the private cottages that surround.
Location: Near the northern shore of Jenny Lake, nestled beneath the Teton Range.
Best for: Couples, families or friends seeking an exclusive national park experience.
As the only 4-diamond eco-resort in the Park, Jenny Lake Lodge is ideal for those who seek the finest service while still enjoying a National Park vacation.
Location: On the eastern shore of Jackson Lake.
Best for: Families and friends looking for a rustic experience without sacrificing comfort.
The village includes 166 authentic homestead cabins, plus tent cabins, campsites, and an RV resort, so you can choose your level of amenities.
Planning to split your time between Grand Teton and Yellowstone?
Millions of visitors pour into our national parks every year looking for a slice of heaven, a close-up encounter with nature in its purest form. They come seeking the unspoiled beauty that generations upon generations before them have enjoyed.
That's the appeal of staying overnight at a national park lodge: nothing else puts you closer to the grandeur.
Here’s what she had to say:
1. Better access to what really matters. “The park lodges are INSIDE the park so you are getting to experience the landscape, wildlife and history of the park more readily -- perhaps even from the deck of where you are staying,” says McGivney.
Many resorts, like Colter Bay Village, Jenny Lake Lodge and Jackson Lake Lodge have onsite gear rentals, outfitters, group activities and guides for everything from park tours, to fishing, boating, bicycling, hiking and more.
Some are even on the National Register of Historic Places. “These building are historic in their own right and also part of the national park's history and sight-seeing attractions.”
The Perfect Road Trip: How to combine Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park and
Yellowstone into one amazing adventure
You don’t have to be a professional photographer to capture stunning images of the Tetons or Yellowstone.
Whether you’re armed with a cell phone camera, a point-and-shoot, or fancy DSLR, you can photograph scenes that you will proudly display on your wall.
Jason B. Whitman is a professional photographer and fourth generation native of Wyoming. His landscape, nature and adventure images focus on the beauty of these national parks.
Here he shares his favorite places for photography and tips for capturing the best images on your vacation:
“After years of exploring these parks, I have a couple of easily accessible locations that are particular favorites,” Whitman says.
“Without a doubt, my favorite location in Grand Teton Park National Park is Jenny Lake.
I highly recommend you take the Jenny Lake Trailhead and follow it up Cascade Canyon.
There will be many awesome photographic opportunities, particularly as the sweet evening light approaches.”
Early morning, late afternoon and early evening provide the best opportunity for photography, as the light is soft and golden, highlighting the details of the mountains, lakes and trees.
Early morning is also ideal for spotting wildlife.
If you have to take photos midday, try to shoot in shaded areas to avoid the harsh shadows caused by the sun being directly overhead.
“One of my preferred places to visit in Yellowstone is the Norris Geyser Basin located on the northern section of the Grand Loop.
Its central location is handy in terms of visiting other features in the northern region of the park.
There are a variety of trails in the geyser basin of varying difficulty and length,” Whitman adds.
“For photography, the trail I most enjoy is the Porcelain Basin. It presents a unique combination of stark and desolate landscapes, pleasant pastel colors, and volatile thermal features.
It can be technically challenging but rewarding to shoot.”
Another photography tip: When framing your image, look not only at your subject but also everything in the background and foreground.
Does your image of the Grand Teton include other tourists?
Tilt your camera or shift your focal point until the entire frame is exactly how you want it.
Cross two life-changing experiences off your bucket list during the same vacation when you travel to Wyoming. Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone – two of the most beautiful destinations in the world – are within an easy hour’s drive of one another.
Drive #1: Best of Grand Teton and Yellowstone
Start: Jackson Hole
The drama of these peaks are in the contrast – they rise sharply from a horizon of shimmering lakes, braided river flows, thick forests, and alpine meadows.
Or just roll down the window and absorb some of the most jaw-dropping scenery in the world.
Drive #2: The Grand Teton Loop
Start: Jackson or Moose
You’ll see Jackson Hole and the Snake River as it winds in the foreground of the Tetons.
Where to stay: Jenny Lake Lodge offers a retreat that sits tucked among pines at the base of the Teton Mountain Range.
DiningJackson Lake Lodge
Colter Bay Village
Jenny Lake Lodge
Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis
Wild & Scenic Raft Trips
Jackson Lake Boat Cruise
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