In Grand Teton National Park, it’s easy to get distracted by the world-class views.
Don't miss these seven places to eat, sleep and play.
1. Jackson Lake Lodge
Why stay: It’s a 385-room lodge with hotel rooms and cottages, a heated swimming pool and several restaurants in the middle of Grand Teton National Park, giving you a classic national park experience.
Little-known fact: On the lodge's front terrace, U.S. Secretary of State James Baker and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze signed a statement of peace and friendship in 1989, which helped lead to the end of the Cold War. The lodgepole pine table, made in the lodge's carpenter shop for the signing, is in the Upper Lobby area.
2. Jackson Lake Boat Cruise
Why go: Go on a scenic cruise or a breakfast, lunch or dinner cruise on Jackson Lake where you’ll fuel up on great views and food on Elk Island.
Main attraction: Being out on Jackson Lake gives you a whole different perspective. Eating breakfast or lunch on Elk Island beneath Mt. Moran is unforgettable.
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3. Blue Heron Lounge
Why go: Wind down with a cocktail after a day in the park at this casual lounge with outdoor deck seating in the Jackson Lake Lodge.
Little-known fact: The National Park Foundation named this the “best watering hole” for humans in the park.
4. Pioneer Grill
Why go: Travel back in time at this 1950s-style restaurant in the Jackson Lake Lodge that serves American buffalo burgers along with chili.
Main attraction: The huckleberry milkshake is legendary among those in the know.
5. Colter Bay Village
Why stay: Sleep in historic refurbished homesteader cabins relocated from various places in Wyoming, stay in tent cabins, pull your RV into one of 112 RV spaces (reserve in advance) or pitch your tent in the first come, first-served campground.
Main attraction: Stay here on the northern shore of Jackson Lake for an affordable vacation with access to a general store, kayaking, horseback riding and beyond.
6. Jenny Lake Lodge
Why go: Luxury awaits here in the form of three types of cabins with incredible access to hiking trails and a five-course restaurant with a sophisticated menu that changes nightly.
Little-known fact: Cruiser bikes are complimentary and allow you to explore the area on two wheels.
7. Mural Dining Room
Why go: Tucked in the Jackson Lake Lodge, this fine-dining room offers authentic western cuisine.
Main attraction: Floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows offer views of the Tetons.
Tip: To make lodging accommodations, book early. Reservations open in mid-May.
For more information:
P.O. Box 250, Grand Teton Park, WY 83013
Reservation questions Reservations@gtlc.com