SUMMER ROAD TRIP, DAYS 13 & 14
We took a side trip from Yellowstone to hit our third national park of the trip, Grand Teton. And oh so grand it is! We drove through the entire park, took a boat ride on Jenny Lake, hiked up to Inspiration Point, canoed on Jackson Lake and got a tip from a worker that saved us $20!
And so our epic 80 day summer road trip continues – 12 U.S. states, 1 Canadian province and 11 national parks. For the upcoming months, I will be sharing with you our highlights, lowlights, adventures, favorite spots, best tips and our thoughts on three months of road tripping and living in a pop up. I’ll try to answer any and all of your questions too! You can also follow our journey via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Miles Driven Last Two Days: 462
Total Miles Driven: 3,009
Average Gas Price per Gallon: $2.61
Day 13: Grand Teton National Park, Side Trip from Yellowstone
Since we are staying at Grant Village Campground on the south end of Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park isn’t too far of a drive. If you do what we did today – drive around the entire park – well then the miles add up!
Even though the Tetons are Yellowstone’s neighbor, the park has a completely different feel. As we drove out of Yellowstone, the mountain range greeted us in the distance.
We started out with a stop at Colter Bay on Jackson Lake where we decided we would come back the following day to either canoe or kayak. The paved path from the visitor center along the lake is a nice stroll.
We then drove up the narrow road to Signal Mountain which provides breathtaking panoramic views of Jackson Lake, the valley and the mountain ranges.
We took Antelope Flats Road for animal stalking and then Mormon Row to see some of the most photographed barns in the country, Moulton Barns.
Just before sunset, we were fortunate to see a moose and her baby trotting along down a ravine. Don’t they look like they are talking to each other?!
The day ended with the sun ducking behind the mountains, delivering incredible views throughout the park.
Day 14: Hiking to Inspiration Point
We woke up bright and early today (around 5 am) so we could make the 7:00 am shuttle across Jenny Lake. When we were talking with one of the worker’s yesterday, he let us in on a little secret that the first boat of the day is $5 (cash) instead of $15 a person. Of course, Dave was not going to pass that up! So we were up at the buttcrack of dawn, driving to the boat.
It worked out great; we were able to get a parking spot, pay the cheap rate, see some wildlife since it was so early, and it wasn’t busy on the trail. Unfortunately, the hike to Hidden Falls was closed so we only hiked to Inspiration Point. The hike is short, about 1.4 miles round trip, but it is a steep climb. We passed cascading waterfalls before reaching the beautiful overlook.
Lunch at Signal Point Lodge
We stopped in Signal Point Lodge for a heaping mound of nachos (this is the half order by the way) and a few drinks. I had a huckleberry lemonade which had a unique flavor and the hubby tried a local IPA.
Canoeing on Jackson Lake
We ended the day with a canoe ride on Jackson Lake. We rented it for two hours since it was the minimum at $19 an hour before tax. We had a blast making our way around the small islands and taking in the mountainous views.
Tips on Visiting Grand Teton National Park
- If you want to photograph the popular barns of Mormon Row, drive to the barns then turn around. The road is rough and dusty and doesn’t provide any additional views.
- To save $10 a person on the Jenny Lake shuttle (a $15 ride for $5), take the 7:00 am boat. It is cash only and is the first boat to go out for the day. Bring a jacket, the ride is chilly!
- Free Wi-Fi near the general store at Colter Bay
- Trailers are not allowed on the narrow drive up to Signal Mountain’s peak.
Next Stop: Northwest Yellowstone
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