Grand Tetons, Yellowstone National Park
If you can, fit in a visit to this neighboring national park, even if it is just a day to drive the park road. From Yellowstone’s South Entrance, the road leads directly into Grand Teton National Park. This park offers spectacular mountain scenery of one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the country. The peaks in the Teton Range stand a sheer 7,000 feet above the valley floor. I think it is the best view of mountains in the entire Rocky Mountain range, if not in the whole country. They just suddenly rise up above the Snake River, Jenny Lake, and the grassy meadows. Outside of Grand Teton Park is Jackson, Wyoming, a hot tourist destination. The cost of living, should you fall in love with it, is extremely high. Only the very wealthy can afford homes here, and a number of movie stars have residences here. The town is geared for the tourist, with lots of bars and shops just waiting to help you have a good time. You can also get float trips on the Snake River, which I did years ago. It offered some nice views of the mountains and the possibility of seeing wildlife along the river.
For detailed information on Grand Teton National Park, visit my VT pages, Enjoy the Beauty of Grand Teton National Park.
My second photo is of the Teton Glacier turnout along the park's main road. The third photo was taken while hiking in Grand Teton National Park.
If you are in Yellowstone National Park, you really ought to set a day aside to go south and explore Grand Teton National Park. It has such a different personality than it's famous northern neighbor. I found Grand Teton to be quiet and peaceful. Those beautiful mountains looming in the distance are so impressive. Even if you just drive their version of the Loop road, and stop into one of the lodges for lunch (most will have mountain views) it will most definately be worth it.
I happened to be lucky enough to drive to Yellowstone from the south. This gave me the wonderful opportunity to view the Grand Teton Mountains. They are some of the most beautiful mountains I've ever seen! Driving through the actual Grand Tetons Park costs money, but they can be seen from miles away along the main highway nearby for free. Not far from Yellowstone and worth the trip.
To the south of Yellowstone, is another great National Park. Make it a point to schedule the the Grand Tetons in for at least a day visit, you will not be disappointed.