First, I have to say how impressive Yellowstone National Park is. It is an incredible place with a wonderful history, and hosts very impressive geysers and wildlife. We had decided to visit Grand Teton National Park as a last minute change of plans before heading home from our All-American Road Trip. I am so glad we did. I literally watched people come to tears when they saw the Tetons. It is such an amazing site, you can’t help but become emotional about it. This post is on northern Grand Teton National Park.
As you exit Yellowstone National Park, you will be driving through the John D. Rockefeller, JR Memorial Parkway before entering nothern Grand Teton National Park. The basic history of this tract is that John D. Rockefeller, JR wanted to connect these two amazing parks. So, he bought the land and gave it to the park for all of us to enjoy today and tomorrow. From this roadway, you begin to see glimpses of the Teton Range ahead.
You will actually enter the Grand Teton National Park just before Jackson Lake. The first site you will see is a campsite called Lizard Creek. Just past this are several picnic sites. The first ones are the best. These are magnificent places to picnic. You will look over Jackson Lake with an awesome view of the Grand Tetons. Make sure to stop at one of these just for the view. This is a good place to get a glimpse of what is coming next. The mountains tower 7,000 feet above the lake and the range lasts for 40 miles. It is stunning and the views only get better as you head south.
Continue south following the lakeshore. Past Leeks Marina is the Colter Bay Visitors Center. This is a good stop to make. It has nice bathrooms, some exhibits, and a deck you can overlook their marina and the mountain from.