Serenity Found: Grand Tetons National Park

Driving north from Jackson Hole is the magnificent Teton Mountain Range.  Hang a left after passing the airport at “Moose Junction”.  There, you’ll find the southern entrance to Grand Tetons National Park ($30/vehicle for 7 days).

We stayed two nights at Signal Mountain Lodge, which is a central location within the park.  It is a beautiful property on Jackson Lake, with individual cabins, a restaurant with a view, camping and boating.

Our cabin at Signal Mountain was so cute!  This is a triplex unit, with ours on the far right.

View from the room:

Plenty of room to spread out & make yourself at home, with a gas fireplace, bar area, coffee maker, fridge and microwave.  No TV though.  And no WIFI.  Who brought the Scrabble!!  This is a Deluxe Country Room.

Just south of Signal Mountain is the second largest glacially-carved lake in the Tetons, Jenny Lake.  Some of the best hiking trails in the area, boating and swimming points – and Jenny Lake Lodge – are located there.  Unfortunately, the shuttle boat to the Inspiration Point trailhead was closed at the time of our visit.  Alternatively, you can walk the Jenny Lake Trail around the south end to the other side, roughly 2.4 miles each way.

The one-way drive through the Scenic Loop to Jenny Lake Overlook is serene & the perfect place to contemplate life for a moment.

Heading north from Signal Mountain is Jackson Lake Lodge, a very large, traditional looking lodge with great restaurants, shops and panoramic views of Jackson Lake and the Teton Range.

The tourists were going a lil nuts with their “photo-shoot”.

Leading from the back patio of the Jackson Lake Lodge is an easy hiking trail up the hill to a scenic viewpoint.

Just a bit further north from Jackson Lake is Colter Bay Village and Marina.  This is a great place to rent a kayak or canoe, with nice calm waters.

Now headed towards Yellowstone National Park, a must-stop viewpoint for a photo-op is located at Oxbow Bend Turnout.

We stayed one night in Flagg Ranch.  It’s located on the far northern end of Grand Tetons, with easy access to Yellowstone’s south entrance.

This place sure looks nice in pictures online, but it’s a wee bit rustic for me!  There is one restaurant, which… would not be my first choice in dining.  And, one small convenience store.  Other than that, you’re on your own.  The rooms themselves are fine; However, some of them have dirt paths leading to the front door and very little lighting on the exterior.  We made sure to get one with a proper pathway.  Unfortunately, the day we were there was just after some rain, and the mosquitos were out of control.  The Park Service does not spray for mosquitos inside any National Parks, nor does it stock or sell any bug spray.  Um, do you guys watch the news?  Hello… Zika.

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