Greetings from Grand Teton National Park

It didn’t matter that we were lost, the scenery was so beautiful. My father stopped the car, and my sister and I got out to take pictures. It was a warm day, with a hint of a breeze. The scene in front of me looked like one of the puzzles my sister would do, but even grander. My parents had taken my sister and I on a tour of the Yellowstone Grand Teton loop. Despite the rugged mountain range in front of me, Yellowstone Park seemed more open and expansive than Yosemite, where we had visited the summer before. I didn’t know at the time that Yellowstone was the first national park in the United States. The same day, not long after this picture was taken, we saw a herd of bison. They were so close to the car, it seemed that they were as big as the SUV we were driving in. We did not get out this time. That night, we stayed at the rustic Bar N Ranch, where I relished a bowl of gouda and tomato soup. It was a perfect way to end a veritable feast.

Emily Lum

Grand Teton National Park

This spectacular destination preserves a dramatic stretch of the Teton Range bordering the Snake River. One of the unusual features of these distinctive mountains is the absence of foothills, meaning that there are no smaller mountains blocking the view. The park also features glacier-carved lakes, a historic district of weathered buildings made by 19th century Mormon homesteaders, and an abundance of wildlife large and small, including nearly 1,000 bison that roam the grassy fields in herds.

State(s): Wyoming

Established: 1929

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