As an in-house writer for Off the Beaten Path, a good chunk of my day is spent researching travel destinations – reading magazine articles, perusing traveler reviews, gaining insight from travelers’ blogs, and speaking with locals. And whether I’m writing about Sedona, Steamboat, San Francisco, or Silver City (New Mexico, in case you didn’t know), […]
Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks together hold an embarrassment of riches. The grandeur and natural features combined are truly unmatched. The Tetons rise right off the valley floor, soaring to jagged peaks that reach as high as 13,776 feet at the top of the Grand. Below are pristine alpine lakes, some of the most beautiful wildflower displays anywhere, and wildlife galore. Yellowstone is subtler in its beauty, with sweeping valleys, rambling rivers, fascinating geothermal features, and prolific wildlife inciting the park’s nickname, “The American Serengeti.”
Jackson Hole is the basecamp for the bulk of this trip, with time in the town of Jackson and time in the heart of Grand Teton National Park. There’s never a loss for things to do in this resort and national park destination. Natural beauty beckons you to hike trails, float the Snake River, picnic beside lakes, ride horses, mountain bike, take a tram to the top of the Tetons, rise early for a hot air balloon trip, attend a rodeo, eat at a chuckwagon, swim, and paddle—always on the lookout for wildlife!
Yellowstone National Park is fascinating for all ages, with its never-a-dull-moment bubbling mudpots, steaming geysers, smoking fumeroles, and wildlife galore. A naturalist guided outing always adds value, helping your interpret the mysteries behind the geothermal features and wildlife.
With well-located accommodations, an array of activities, and some of the most pristine beauty in the country, this journey through one of the most intact ecosystems in North America will leave you breathless!