Ever fall asleep in Geology 101? Well, it wasn't the subject. You have to experience it actively! These places—from the Tetons' dramatic granite landscapes to Yellowstone's spectacular geysers—will change everything for you. Delve into these epic parks with wranglers, guides and locals. They'll fill you in on what you missed in class.
1-2 Welcome to Grand Teton National Park, a paradise of sparkling lakes and towering mountains Float on the Snake River amid pine-covered shores and distant granite peaks Keep an eye out for wildlife grazing along the banks and bald eagles soaring overhead Boat across Jenny Lake, set in a glacially carved valley Walk along tree-lined trails to Hidden Falls Relax at the Jackson Lake Lodge, whose massive picture windows frame the Tetons' jagged spires.
3 Get ready for Yellowstone, the world's first national park and home to some of Earth's most extraordinary geothermal wonders Saddle up with local wranglers for a horseback ride through meadows speckled with wildflowers Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park's most renowned feature, provides the quintessential introduction to the region's natural treasures The geyser's dazzling eruptions can last as long as five minutes and shoot up thousands of gallons of boiling water into the air!
4-6 Give your camera a workout on a wildlife safari through the Lamar Valley Marvel at the bubbling thermal features of the Upper Geyser Basin, Morning Glory Pool's beautiful colors and the otherworldly silica formations at Grotto Geyser With a little luck, you may even see Giant Geyser put on a show! Get set for an adventure! In vehicles and on foot, explore Yellowstone's northern reaches in search of antelope, bison, coyote, elk and elusive wolf Experience this wilderness through the eyes of a seasoned naturalist Visit Fort Yellowstone, a relic of the area's human history Or witness another geologic wonder: the snow-white travertine terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs.