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Re: Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park
« Reply #150 on: March 19, 2017, 11:11:43 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.

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Re: Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park
« Reply #151 on: March 19, 2017, 11:21:51 AM »
Have you picked out somewhere else to be? I wanted Teton even though it will be crazy. I'm ending up in middle america

Not sure if I'm going yet, but leaning towards somewhere in central Oregon.

You're aware that the eclipse happens in the opposite direction than the Tetons, right? Really no sense in going there for that.
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Re: Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park
« Reply #152 on: March 19, 2017, 11:22:58 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 #153 on: March 19, 2017, 11:28:00 AM »
Not sure if I'm going yet, but leaning towards somewhere in central Oregon.

You're aware that the eclipse happens in the opposite direction than the Tetons, right? Really no sense in going there for that.

I wasn't aware... what do you mean? I would climb at least part way up one of the mountains if there.

my strategy is to either be somewhere I can be mobile (in case of clouds) or someplace that I'd enjoy being even if viewing conditions don't cooperate. Middle america fits the first, Teton fits the second.
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Re: Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park
« Reply #154 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.

Got it. I disabled that warning setting that tells me someone has posted while I was typing and thats what i get :)
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Re: Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park
« Reply #155 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 #156 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 #157 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 #158 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 #159 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 #160 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 #162 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 #163 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 #164 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.