Grand Teton was a last minute addition to my adventures out west and I truly believe my accidental stumble on a Pinterest itinerary was destiny.
Grand Teton National Park is officially my favorite place on this earth.
The beauty. The magnitude. The ruggedness. The serenity. The contrast of the snow-capped, rocky mountains and the beautiful blue lakes had me in awe from the time I crossed the northern peak and saw it for the first time.
The Tetons are everything I could have dreamed of and more. I spent and entire day mostly just driving around the park and hiking new paths that gave me new views of the mountains.
Consistent with the rest of my trip I only dedicated one day to Grand Teton and it was a jam-packed day that included a 7 hour drive to Missoula after my trip. I wanted to see as much as I could in as little of time possible. This meant an extremely early morning and a long drive from Bozeman, MT.
I woke up around 3:30am in Bozeman and started the drive towards Yellowstone. The southern roads of Yellowstone had been closed the day before, but thankfully they were re-opened for Saturday. This made access to Grand Teton easier because of the connecting entrance with southern yellowstone.
I got to the park around 8:30am after a quick pull-over to nap, and a stop in West Yellowstone to have breakfast. The first view of the Tetons came when I was driving around a huge bend near Yellowstone lake. As seems standard at this point, I choked up in awe of the beauty. They are just so rugged and daunting, yet serene and beautiful.
As soon as I entered the park I pulled over at the north end of Jackson Lake. The skies were unbelievably blue (finally cleared from smoke and clouds) and the mountains were freshly snow-capped. I sat and journaled for what seemed like hours before I kept going.
I pulled into Jackson Lodge and had lunch. The lodge is absolutely gorgeous with floor to ceiling windows and views of the Tetons. I had steak because honestly that's all I've been having while here. It's legit so fresh and so tender and I absolutely love it.
I spent the afternoon hiking about 8 miles around Jenny Lake and simply enjoyed nature and the mountains. In that moment I felt the least stressed and the most at peace that I may have ever. It was just gorgeous and honestly I will say to my death that the Tetons are my absolute favorite place on this earth.