Welcome to my article on Grand Teton National Park! My name is Kane C. Andrade. I was born in San Francisco, California but was raised in Seattle, Washington. I was never really into photography growing up. It wasn’t until I got out of the Marines that I wanted to take photography seriously.
I needed something to preoccupy my time. There was this one photo that grabbed my attention on Instagram and that is what motivated me to pick up a camera. I never had any experience with photography before – so I was on YouTube for a couple of weeks learning what I could about the camera I had just bought. I like to think I have come a long way since!
Road Trippin’ to Grand Teton National Park
Recently, my friends and I planned a road trip and we knew we wanted to go somewhere relaxing but beautiful enough to capture with our cameras. We decided to visit Grand Teton National Park! This was our first visit, so we relied on blogs and the net to guide us. Grand Teton is popular and we had no issue finding info. There was a lot to see but so little time.
I quickly realized after arriving that I wanted to put my camera away. Grand Teton was possibly the most relaxing place I had ever been to. There was one destination inside the park that really took my breath away: Delta Lake. It’s a tough hike to get there but not an impossible one. If you plan on doing this hike, I would recommend preparing yourself properly.
Bring food and lots of water. I hiked this trail quite fast which made me sick from the elevation. So I would say go slow and rest throughout the hike. There are other trails at the mountain. I don’t recall seeing any signs – so have a map ready on your phone. Phone service was limited as well.
Best Things To Do at Grand Teton National Park
Kayaking at Jenny Lake is another must-do as well as visiting Delta Lake. We brought snacks and parked the kayak while we rested. Swimming here was a lot of fun. We spent half the day doing this and didn’t realize where the time went! We ended up spending the entire day at Jenny Lake and even saw bears. Jenny Lake would be my first suggestion.
I love horses and couldn’t pass up on a horse ride adventure at Grand Teton. It lasted for about an hour. We went on such an amazing trail – up such a nice little mountain and navigating our way through some wicked terrain. If you love horse riding then this experience is an absolute must-do.
I’m not going to lie – we did so much hiking that I got sick from the elevation. If you are going to hike in Grand Teton (like to Delta Like) then please take your time, rest when you can and don’t rush like I did. Other than getting sick, the landscapes that I saw were all incredibly beautiful.
For something a bit different, you can drive the 42 mile scenic loop through Grand Teton National Park. This route is a must-do, especially for road trip lovers. This is possibly where I took the most pictures. I can’t say we saw everything we wanted to see since we kept shooting. But the views looked surreal and it’s impossible to get a bad shot throughout this route.
Need to Know Before you Go
First and foremost, if you plan on hiking to Delta Lake, I recommend preparing yourself. I got sick from the elevation. Make sure you hike at a comfortable pace. Next, if you plan on doing more travel around Wyoming then be sure to stop off at Yellowstone. The hot springs are insane!
Lastly, my friends and I had an RV and so we didn’t need to rely on hotels for our accommodation. I would say renting an RV is a good call. It gives you more time to see things in the park. Above all, take your time and soak in all the natural beauty that Grand Teton National Park has to offer.