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Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming: Top Things to See, Eat, and Drink

Updated: Mar 5



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The iconic mountain range of the Grand Tetons stretches 40-miles long and is one of the youngest mountain ranges in the world.


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What should I see in Grand Tetons National Park?


[7.9 Miles; 623 ft. Elevation Gain; Loop; Difficulty: Moderate]


This is a moderately difficult loop trail around Jenny Lake, offering beautiful views of the Tetons, as well as, the crystal clear lake. There are plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife on this trail, including moose and bear. This trail also connects to hidden falls and inspiration point on the opposite side of the lake from the visitors center. These are two shorter hikes off of the Jenny Lake Trail that you can also access via boat shuttle. We included these hikes as part of the Cascade Canyon Trail described below.


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[9.1 Miles; 1102 ft. Elevation Gain; Out & Back; Difficulty: Moderate]


This is an out and back trail through the beautiful Cascade Canyon. It will add 6 miles (round trip) to hike from Jenny Lake visitors center to this trailhead rather than taking the boat ($18 round trip). We decided to take the boat in order to allow more time for the Cascade Canyon trail.


Boat Tickets: $18 Round Trip



During our hike, there was a grizzly bear spotted that came up to a group of more than 10 people, therefore, be sure to bring your bear spray and know your bear safety before hiking back into the canyon. With all of the vegetation, wildlife, and water on this trail, there is a higher probability of hiking through a bear's territory. With that being said, this is an incredible trail following along the river of the canyon. The views are breathtaking and we highly recommend you hike (at least a part of) this trail!


J&L Recommended: Our favorite hike in Grand Tetons!




[7.4 Miles; 2,316 ft Elevation Gain; Out & Back; Difficulty: Hard]


This is an out and back trail to the beautiful Delta Lake. Although we did not have time during our trip to hike this trail, we received numerous recommendations to hike this trail which is why it is first on our list when we go back!


The offshoot to Delta Lake (from Amphitheater Lake Trail) technically is not recognized by NPS, however, the trail is heavily trafficked and decently marked. We recommend you downloading this trail on the AllTrails app ahead of time to make sure you stay on the correct trail. The more challenging part of the trail comes right after the offshoot, where you will have to scramble across three rock fields, however, the lake is only 0.4 miles past the shoot-off and leads to magnificent views of the lake.


Recommendation: Advanced hikers only



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[3.8 Miles; 419 ft Elevation Gain; Loop; Difficulty: Easy]


With all of the intense hikes mentioned above, we thought we would include an easier (yet equally as epic) hike with minimal elevation. This is a loop trail (recommend starting to the right) leading to the beautiful Taggart Lake. Once at the lake, the Tetons are beautifully positioned in the backdrop, allowing for a great spot to kick it back, relax for a bit, and take in the epic views.


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