Yellowstone National Park

5 highlights of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

Last year at this time, I was exploring Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. To mark the anniversary, I’m sharing my five favorite places in the parks. If you’re short on time or aren’t sure where to start planning, these spots are a good place to begin . (You can see my full itinerary here.)

1. Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone Lake is beautiful. My favorite hike in Yellowstone was the Storm Point Trail, a 2.1-mile loop that leads to lovely views of the water. On a future visit, I’d love to take a cruise on the lake.

Storm Point Trail, Yellowstone National Park

2. Lamar Valley (Yellowstone)

Lamar Valley is a great place to spot wildlife — we saw lots of bison — and the scenery is lovely. I highly recommend hiking the Lamar River Trail.

Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

3. West Thumb Geyser Basin (Yellowstone)

West Thumb Geyser Basin had my favorite geothermal features of the park set against the backdrop of Yellowstone Lake.

Yellowstone National Park

West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

4. Jenny Lake (Grand Teton)

My favorite hike in Grand Teton National Park was from Jenny Lake to Inspiration Point. It starts with a boat ride across the lake and ends with beautiful views of the water from above. The hike is 2.2 miles round trip. It’s popular, so arrive early to get a parking spot.

Grant Teton National Park

5. Teton Range

I loved taking in the views of the Teton Range from different angles at the scenic viewpoints around the park. My favorites were the Willow Flats Overlook, Oxbow Bend Turnout and Schwabacher Landing (all pictured below).

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park