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Best Things To Do In Grand Teton National Park

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Known for its winding Snake River, miles of hiking trails, lakes and abundant wildlife, Grand Teton National Park is a perfect travel destination. Grand Teton National Park has something for everyone — like Jenny Lake, the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center, and historic settlements like Menors Ferry and Mormon Row. If you’re adventurous and enjoy climbing, hiking, wildlife watching and touring, or if you just want to take in some of the most spectacular scenery in the world — this is a perfect place for you.

I’m a photographer and outdoor enthusiast and have been to more than 40 of our amazing national parks — including Grand Teton. I’ve explored many areas of the park — so I’m ready to help! Whether this is your first time to Grand Teton, or if you are returning after many years and would like to be re-introduced to the park — this list of the best things to do is just for you!

Wildlife Viewing

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Grand Teton’s wildlife viewing regularly ranks among the best in the United States. Bears, bison, elk, pronghorns, eagles, and more are regularly seen in the park. Want to see bears? These places change regularly, so just ask at a visitor center or activity desk once you’re there. The Jackson Lake Lodge Activity Desk tracks the latest wildlife observations. Some of the best places are Willow Flats in front of the Jackson Lake Lodge, at Oxbow Bend or Elk Ranch Flats.

Take a Scenic Drive

Mormon Row

There are many places to take in the spectacular and epic views — and you can do it on Grand Teton National Park’s 42 Mile Scenic Loop Drive! If you’re short on time or wanting an easier way to see many of the diverse scenic landscapes of the park, then this might be a great way for you to see the park. The loop consists of Teton Park Road, Jenny Lake Scenic Drive and Route 89. On this route you can visit Jenny Lake, the Craig Thomas Visitor Center in Moose, Schwabacher’s Landing, Snake River Overlook, Cunningham’s Cabin, Oxbow Bend, Signal Mountain Summit Road and more. Get that engine going for the ride of a lifetime!

Go Fishing

Grand Teton - Oxbow Bend

Grand Teton National Park is world-renowned for it’s amazing fishing. Rivers, lakes and ponds sparkle on the landscape and you can fish for cutthroat trout (named for the red slash under the lower jaw), the Utah chub in warm, shallow, slow-moving water or the mountain whitefish, which prefers cold, deep, fast-moving water. Fishing is a great way to have fun while experiencing the park’s beauty. From Jenny Lake to the Snake River to Jackson Lake there are many opportunities for fishing — and you can choose between a guided fishing trips or solo adventures.

Hike the Grand Teton Trails

With more than 200 miles of trails for hiking, Grand Teton National Park provides the perfect opportunity for those who want to get out and experience the most beautiful lakes, towering peaks, and stunning scenery up close. Rugged landscapes and sudden weather changes sometimes can bring on unexpected challenges, but with them come amazing views! Grand Teton National Park hosts numerous trails for all kinds of hikers — beginners and experts alike. From easy, short hikes like Hidden Falls or Inspiration Point to more challenging ones like Death Canyon and Cascade Canyon — there’s a wide choice, but none will disappoint!

Enjoy Horseback Riding

Grand Teton - Horseback Riding

One of the best alternatives for hiking — and a unique way to soak up those breathtaking views — is to saddle up and spend an amazing morning or afternoon on horseback. Horseback riding is a great way to simply take it slow and let the joy and scenic views fill your soul. Horseback rides starting at Jackson Lake Lodge let you spend a morning or afternnon in the Grand Tetons — and enjoy the same view as the early explorers. The Jackson Lake Lodge offers one-hour and two-hour horseback riding with breathtaking views of the Teton Range, Oxbow Bend, and the Snake River.

Conquer the Mountains with Climbing

The famous Grand Teton mountain range has been luring countless visitors and climbers from all over the world for generations. The park presents opportunities to conquer these magnificent peaks — or just to learn more about the sport of rock climbing. While the experienced climbers are rubbing their hands together for an opportunity to reach the sky by climbing these iconic peaks, other groups like families, kids, and inexperienced climbers shouldn’t shy away from participating. Various guides and experienced climbers are here to offer guided climbs, classes and easy daily climbs!

Engage in Water Activities

Grand Teton - Jenny Lake

With all those enchanting lakes and beautiful rivers flowing through the park, most of these waterways of wilderness are accessible for travelers and visitors. One of the most popular, Jackson Lake, offers a stunning mountain backdrop and an excellent opportunity for those interested in sailing, water skiing, and even windsurfing. With dozens of lakes within the park and rivers like the Snake River, opportunities abound. From kayaking and canoeing, to paddle boarding, drift boats and raft tours, your water adventure awaits.

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You can also go on a Jackson Lake Cruise and enjoy delicious breakfast or dinner excursion. The Colter Bay Marina offers breakfast and dinner cruises to Elk Island — a unique and exclusive Grand Teton activity. There is a hot buffet on the island. Breakfast includes trout, pancakes, pastries, potatoes, eggs, fruit, cowboy coffee, yogurt and more. Dinner features steak and trout with a variety of sides. Enjoy your meal with Mount Moran rising over the lake. After your meal, take your time to explore the island and take a short hike.

Cycle The Grand Teton’s Roads

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Biking enjoys its fair share of popularity and fame in the park, especially when the multi-use pathway was introduced. For thrill seekers, dirt roads and bike trails such as Two Ocean Lake and Grassy Lake Road will be your escape and create an exciting mountain biking adventure. But road bikers, there’s plenty for you, too! Over 100 miles of paved roads — with an extensive bicycle pathway system — let bike lovers enjoy the views while comfortably riding below the breathtaking Grand Teton Range.

Now, that the best activities have been unveiled, it is safe to say that Grand Teton is simply heaven for outdoor recreation and wildlife discoveries. With its sheer size of more than 300,000 acres, let it become the playground that will give you the memories of a lifetime!

I’ve created two posters for Grand Teton National Park — one that features a view of the famed mountain range from the Snake River Overlook. The other is of Jenny Lake after a fall snowstorm.

Grand Teton National Park - Jenny Lake

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Click here to see the Grand Teton National Park, Snake River Overlook poster.

Rob Decker is a photographer and graphic artist who had the rare privilege of studying under Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park when he was just 19 years old. Now, Rob is on a journey to explore and photograph all 61 of America’s National Parks. He’s creating WPA-style posters to help people celebrate their own national park adventures — as well as encourage others to get out and explore!

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Best Things to do In Yosemite National Park

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Charming meadows, stunning valleys, mountains and waterfalls with magnificent beauty that will strike awe in everyone who visits this amazing place. It is hard to describe how incredible the Yosemite National Park is, that’s why it’s easier to quote the man whose writings helped to preserve and establish the Yosemite National Park that can be visited today.

“It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter.” Words that still ring true, written by legendary naturalist and mountaineer John Muir. If a sentence like this describes the Yosemite National Park, you know you are up for something truly special! Let’s wait no more, and discover the best things to do in one of the most famous and beautiful national parks of them all, the Yosemite.

Hiking & Backpacking

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When you visit a national park with such diversity like Yosemite, there is no doubt that hiking and backpacking will be your best bet to experience the epic natural surroundings. And Yosemite is simply outstanding for hiking and trekking lovers! The park hosts all kind of trails from strenuous and challenging treks to moderate and easy walks. Every single one of them has their own distinctive rewards. But only for those who dare to step foot into the wild! Striking mountains, breathtaking vistas, spectacular waterfalls, and marvelous lakes. Hiking and backpacking will reveal all the gems and jewels that Yosemite has to offer. With 95% of protected wilderness and more than one thousand square miles of pristine nature, the trails of Yosemite National Park will show you how beautiful this part of the Sierras can be!

Rock Climbing

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From the legendary El Capitan to the iconic Half Dome, there’s no secret that Yosemite National Park is one of the best playgrounds on the planet for rock climbing enthusiasts. Rock climbing is a year-round activity in the park, with various programs from Yosemite Mountaineering School to help achieve a great experience regardless of your ability. From half-day and full-day climbs to multiple-day and overnight sessions and adventures, Yosemite has it all for climbing lovers, world-class athletes, and aspiring beginner climbers. The choice is yours in the unlimited climbing arena that is Yosemite National Park!

Water Play

Yosemite - Merced River
From tubing on the Merced River to fishing and exploring, you must take advantage of the great water activities at Yosemite! You can do some amazing fishing for rainbow and brown trout in the lakes, streams and rivers at Yosemite National Park — but you’ll want to make sure you follow all the rules and regulations! The season for stream and river fishing begins on the last Saturday in April and continues through November 15. All lakes and reservoirs are open to fishing year-round. Fishing supplies are available in Yosemite. Fishing licenses (for those over 16) are available at the Mountain Shop at Half Dome Village (formerly Curry Village) and the Pioneer Gift & Grocery in Wawona.

Birdwatching

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Whether it’s a crisp mountain breeze, a lovely stream or powerful waterfall, nature sounds are always soothing and harmonious. But here, in Yosemite National Park one of the most melodic notes comes from one of the most lovely inhabitants of the park. With nearly 200 species of birds migrating, breeding and wintering in Yosemite, birdwatching is one of the essential activities that combines educational and adventurous aspects to create an unforgettable experience! From the Acorn woodpecker, American robin to Ravens and beautiful Western tanagers, to mention a few, Yosemite National Park is home to birds worth discovering and admiring.

Ranger & Other Programs

Whether its for you or maybe your curious kids, consider participating in one of the Yosemite’s programs to tackle the informative side of Yosemite. For the little ones keen on becoming real explorers and rangers, the most notable program is Junior Rangers where kids aged 7-13 take a one-hour Junior Ranger Walk while completing activity book and picking up litter to keep the park clean.
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If you are up for packing in some knowledge too, opt for simple programs to spice up your stay and make your other activities much more interesting. Participating in free programs like the Naturalist Stroll, you’ll only spend an hour, while the naturalist will shed some light on Yosemite’s trees, John Muir and more. Or be entertained by listening to stories about native people, early settlers, geology and nature with Yosemite Ranger Walks & Talks. All kinds of programs are available in the park, and are easy to fit in your adventurous schedule!

Winter Activities

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Winter is where a national park like Yosemite turns into something special and magical with plenty of different activities to tackle. This is where you will find even more tranquility and solitude. While some trails are accessible during the winter and snowshoeing is available, the most fun attractions are winter sports like cross-country skiing, snowboarding and ice skating. Take a look at the snowy Half Dome while ice skating at Half Dome Village Ice Rink or visit the oldest downhill skiing area in California, the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area. Other opportunities like snow tubing or sledding are also available in the park. Winter is a wonderful time of year to experience nature from a different perspective and conquer the Yosemite National Park with new challenges.

There you go! All you need now is to embrace the opportunities and beautiful adventures Yosemite National Park has to offer. With so many different activities and attractions combined with the vastness of the park and not-to-be-missed marvels of nature, consider planning extensively beforehand to make sure you’re ready and good to go once you arrive!

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Rob Decker is a photographer, artist and craftsman who is passionate about preserving the nostalgic style of the WPA-era. Rob had the rare privilege of studying under renowned photographer Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park when he was just 19 years old. Now, Rob’s creating WPA-style posters of our national parks. He’s picking up where the masters from that time left off, building on what they began to create a whole new body of National Park poster art for today’s generation. Every Limited Edition poster, Artist Proof and postcard he produces is printed in the USA on “Conservation” a 100% recycled, domestically produced stock with soy-based inks. And they are printed by one of the greenest printers in America, right here in Colorado.

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Best Things to do in Glacier National Park

Glacier - Lake McDonald - Winter

Are you ready for something extraordinary and spectacular? Located in Montana‘s Rocky Mountains, Glacier National Park will dazzle you with its mirror lakes, jaw-dropping scenery, wild nature, and picturesque snow-capped peaks. With over one million acres, you could spend a lifetime exploring and experiencing this unbelievable spectacle of nature. Read on to discover the best things to do in Glacier National Park.

I’m a photographer and outdoor enthusiast and have been to more than 40 of our amazing national parks — including Glacier. I’ve explored many areas of the park — so I’m ready to help! Whether this is your first time to Glacier, or if you are returning after many years and would like to be re-introduced to the park — this list of the best things to do is just for you!

Drive Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road

Connecting east and west side entrances, the Going-to-the-sun road is one of the most popular and iconic attractions in Glacier National Park.

Glacier National Park - Going to the Sun Road

Sit back and enjoy the 50-mile ride enchanted in sweeping views of nature with mighty mountains, snowy peaks, sparkling glacier lakes, and beautiful waterfalls. I recommended holding your breath — because the amazing views along this road just might take it away!

Go Hiking

Venturing out on the picturesque trails and camping in the heart of nature is hands down, one of the best things you can do in Glacier National Park.

Hiking in Glacier National Park

Glacier offers something for everyone. Short hikes or long, Glacier sports more than 700 miles of trails for all comers. Overnight trips provide the perfect opportunity for camping . It’s clear why more than a half of the park visitors decide to embark on a journey through these epic trails. Yes, the views from a car window are just as spectacular, but don‘t limit yourself because the wild & marvelous world can only be truly discovered through the pathways of nature!

Drift On The Glacial Waterways

Whether its canoeing, kayaking, rafting or simply taking a boat tour, drifting along the magical lakes of Glacier National Park is simply a must!

Glacier National Park - Glacial Waterways

After all, the park hosts more than 700 bodies of water within its territory and they are nothing short of spectacular. The biggest, Lake Mcdonald, leads the way and draws countless visitors. Enjoy the crisp air and sparkling waters while taking a look and soaking up the experience from a different angle while drifting peacefully along the pristine glacial lakes.

Participate in Guided Tours

Feeling like learning while doing something fun or maybe you found yourself simply looking for more alternatives?

Glacier National Park - Lake McDonald - Kayak

Another great way to enjoy and experience the stunning park is participating in one of the many guided tours. Glacier National Park offers a great variety of quality guided tours for any type of traveler and adventure seeker! From educational Field Courses to backpacking and Horseback Riding to traditional guided affairs like boat tours, guided hikes and more — you’ll find it in this beautiful corner of the world!

Glide & Ski On Snow-White Blankets

Known for record-breaking amounts of snow, there is good news for winter and snow activity lovers as well!

Glacier National Park - Deer in Snow

While the majority of visitors come in summer, especially for the drive-through opportunity, winter time in the park becomes one big moment of tranquility. Glacier National Park presents great opportunities for backcountry skiing, snowboarding or downhill skiing at one of the nearby resorts. Take the opportunity to see the park when it’s dressed in white, avoid the crowds and have the adventure of a lifetime while gliding along its snowy trails.


As you can see, Glacier National Park doesn‘t shy away from hosting many wonderful opportunities for those seeking to experience it. If Glacier National Park wasn‘t on your bucket list, make sure to put it in there because this place will turn you into a storyteller and bring out the adventurer you never thought you knew!

Glacier National Park

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Rob Decker is a photographer, artist and craftsman who is passionate about preserving the nostalgic style of the WPA-era. Rob had the rare privilege of studying under renowned photographer Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park when he was just 19 years old. Now, Rob’s creating WPA-style posters of our national parks. He’s picking up where the masters from that time left off, building on what they began to create a whole new body of National Park poster art for today’s generation. Every Limited Edition poster, Artist Proof and postcard he produces is printed in the USA on “Conservation” a 100% recycled, domestically produced stock with soy-based inks. And they are printed by one of the greenest printers in America, right here in Colorado.

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