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Re: Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park
« Reply #195 on: March 19, 2017, 11:29:13 AM »
Also, in the Tetons area there are only north-south roads. So if you get clouded in, there's no where to run a few hours earlier for a better chance.

You want a spot that has easy east-west access.

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Re: Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park
« Reply #196 on: March 19, 2017, 12:45:02 PM »
What exactly is this "US trip"?  Lots of car time?  If your kiddos could handle lots of time in car, I wouldn't skip Yellowstone.  There are lots of great views that require a walk, not exactly a hike.  I'm not really into hiking either.  I'd skip Grand Teton.

(As part of a two week trip, we went to Glacier and Yellowstone/Grand Teton.  Did the seven hour guided hike to Iceberg Lake in Glacier NP.  It was beautiful, but arrived back at the car in such pain (leg and knee), I would not have been able to drive.  I was doing nothing even remotely like that the following week in Yellowstone.  We did mostly walks of about 20-30 minutes IIRC, and had a great time.  I was underwhelmed with Grand Teton. This was pre-kids.)


Basically for the last four years the DW and i have been trying to visit all states, mainly leveraging our SW CP.
Now that we have two children and two Companion Passes we are hoping to for our fourth time with all four of us.

Reading the few posts after your reply is why we have stayed away from the national parks until now, we are lazyish and enjoy staying in a nice hotel and maybe doing one or two big things in each state (we have roughly two months).

Problem is, we did already most states and only have some states with big parks left.. This summer I hoping to do Minnesota, both Dakotas, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon.

Just a bit confused about these huge parks, if its worth it driving around to some of the famous places within, taking some pictures and leaving.
Having a stroller or two wont make hiking to practical and - like i mentioned - its not our thing.

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Re: Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park
« Reply #197 on: March 19, 2017, 01:08:15 PM »

Basically for the last four years the DW and i have been trying to visit all states, mainly leveraging our SW CP.
Now that we have two children and two Companion Passes we are hoping to for our fourth time with all four of us.

Reading the few posts after your reply is why we have stayed away from the national parks until now, we are lazyish and enjoy staying in a nice hotel and maybe doing one or two big things in each state (we have roughly two months).

Problem is, we did already most states and only have some states with big parks left.. This summer I hoping to do Minnesota, both Dakotas, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon.

Just a bit confused about these huge parks, if its worth it driving around to some of the famous places within, taking some pictures and leaving.
Having a stroller or two wont make hiking to practical and - like i mentioned - its not our thing.
Many of the short "hikes" in Yellowstone are wheelchair accessible, so strollers are no problem.  By "no hiking," do you mean you won't walk 5 minutes to see something spectacular?  What about 10 minutes? 15?  Whatever your limit is, even if just driving and not getting out of the car, I personally would not skip Yellowstone.

Regarding stuff to do in the other states, ask in appropriate threads.  I recently started a Washington State thread, but not that much interest it seems.  I can answer some questions, maybe post a TR if you'd find that helpful.
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Re: Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park
« Reply #198 on: March 22, 2017, 11:24:28 PM »
Couldn't agree more
We went with 2 little kids
Yellowstone requires very little walking

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Re: Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park
« Reply #199 on: May 07, 2017, 01:10:25 AM »
Following up to what i wrote above, I know its been asked before, but is five days too much?
The new Marriott in Jackson Hole is  really expensive paid, but 35k a night. (Fifth night free..)

Given that we like staying put and cant really hike, maybe short day trips will work for the few days?


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Re: Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park
« Reply #200 on: August 04, 2017, 02:27:22 AM »
The couple of days around 8/21 are gonna be absolutely crazy in the Tetons, I'd avoid it at all costs. Otherwise both parks would make for an incredible few days.
Why? What's goin on around 8/21?

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Re: Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park
« Reply #201 on: August 04, 2017, 02:30:58 AM »
Teton is awesome.  I recommend the Teton crest trail. Take lift at Jackson hole to start and avoid that ascent. 4 days on trail.
Really?! I was so annoyed that I wasted a whole day driving around Teton last summer. So underwhelming.

OTOH I was so awed by the wonders at Yellowstone, that I actually plan to go back there this month!

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Re: Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park
« Reply #203 on: August 04, 2017, 07:29:52 AM »
Really?! I was so annoyed that I wasted a whole day driving around Teton last summer. So underwhelming.

OTOH I was so awed by the wonders at Yellowstone, that I actually plan to go back there this month!

Yah. But I hiked the Teton crest trail

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Re: Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park
« Reply #204 on: August 04, 2017, 08:26:49 AM »
Really?! I was so annoyed that I wasted a whole day driving around Teton last summer. So underwhelming.

OTOH I was so awed by the wonders at Yellowstone, that I actually plan to go back there this month!
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Re: Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park
« Reply #205 on: August 04, 2017, 10:35:27 AM »
Did you read @somethingsfishy TR?
The pics, yeah.
He's always gonna have spectacular pics whatever he photographs ;) .
Really, think about it, the entire Teton NP is all literally about one mountain view?! Whatever you're photographing (unless you're zoche to see wildlife) is all that mountain!
Yellowstone is about so much more.

Anyways, obviously this is just my (and my wife - who was with me) personal opinion, perhaps a little too simplistic, but a simple guy I am.
Yellowstone talks to me. Bryce, GC, they talked to me too... to give you an idea.
So, my advice to anyone reading this: If you're a simple guy, not one of those sophisticated folks sitting around NP with fancy camera equipment waiting for a nice sighting or many different views of the same mountain, if you're short on time (like most simple folks ;) ) either skip Teton entirely or just drive through it on your way to Yellowstone and that'll be way more than enough for you.

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Re: Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park
« Reply #206 on: August 04, 2017, 11:14:36 AM »
Really, think about it, the entire Teton NP is all literally about one mountain view?! Whatever you're photographing (unless you're zoche to see wildlife) is all that mountain!
Yellowstone is about so much more.

So, my advice to anyone reading this: If you're a simple guy, not one of those sophisticated folks sitting around NP with fancy camera equipment waiting for a nice sighting or many different views of the same mountain, if you're short on time (like most simple folks ;) ) either skip Teton entirely or just drive through it on your way to Yellowstone and that'll be way more than enough for you.

I happen to agree that Yellowstone deserves the larger share of time spent, but I think you are vastly underselling Teton. First, Grand Teton is hardly the only mountain in the park, and is certainly not the only scenery. If you want to hike up a mountain, in Teton you'll have lots of choices and variety in terms of both elevation and difficulty. Jackson Lake is spectacularly beautiful, especially from the road with the mountain range in the background. Also, with the exception of bison, I found it was much easier to spot wildlife in Teton than in Yellowstone.
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Re: Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park
« Reply #207 on: August 04, 2017, 11:54:45 AM »


The pics, yeah.
He's always gonna have spectacular pics whatever he photographs ;) .
Really, think about it, the entire Teton NP is all literally about one mountain view?! Whatever you're photographing (unless you're zoche to see wildlife) is all that mountain!
Yellowstone is about so much more.

Anyways, obviously this is just my (and my wife - who was with me) personal opinion, perhaps a little too simplistic, but a simple guy I am.
Yellowstone talks to me. Bryce, GC, they talked to me too... to give you an idea.
So, my advice to anyone reading this: If you're a simple guy, not one of those sophisticated folks sitting around NP with fancy camera equipment waiting for a nice sighting or many different views of the same mountain, if you're short on time (like most simple folks ;) ) either skip Teton entirely or just drive through it on your way to Yellowstone and that'll be way more than enough for you.

I agree 100% that Yellowstone is definitely more interesting and should be the bulk of the trip.

But there are definitely nice things to see in the Grand Tetons. And many things are based on the time of day ( or night ) sunrise, sunset, stars at night. You can just drive through it but without being at the right place at the right time, your missing out what Aurora of it. If I actually get to finnish my TR maybe you get to see some...

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Re: Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park
« Reply #208 on: August 04, 2017, 12:11:59 PM »
The pics, yeah.
He's always gonna have spectacular pics whatever he photographs ;) .

LOL. If it makes  you feel better, I was in Acadia National Park a week ago and didn't really get any pictures I like very much - for the second time. I have some sort of Acadia-curse or something.


Really, think about it, the entire Teton NP is all literally about one mountain view?! Whatever you're photographing (unless you're zoche to see wildlife) is all that mountain!

Interesting - this was precisely my conclusion when I looked into visiting many years ago. One mountain view - why in the world would I go?

But then a few years later I did some real research and discovered that it was vastly more than that. As others have mentioned, amazing hikes, the most spectacular sunrises pretty much anywhere in the lower 48, and amazing wildlife. On top of that you have fantastic off-roading that you can do in any SUV, Gros Ventre is completely different than anything else in the area, and so much more.

That being said one day is probably enough for most people, and the bulk of your time will be better spent in Yellowstone.
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Re: Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park
« Reply #209 on: August 04, 2017, 12:14:02 PM »
Also, with the exception of bison, I found it was much easier to spot wildlife in Teton than in Yellowstone.

And I found the exact opposite to be true.

In short, it's wildlife - they come and go as they please and aren't beholden to tourists. No question that you'll have amazing wildlife sightings in either park.
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