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 Float on the Snake River amid pine-covered shores and distant granite peaks | Keep an eye out for bald eagles soaring overhead | While adults explore the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve, kids learn about the history of Jackson Hole | Boat across Jenny Lake for an easygoing hike to Hidden Falls, set in a glacially carved valley.
3-4 Saddle up with local wranglers for a horseback ride through meadows dotted with wildflowers | Get to know Yellowstone, the world's first national park and the home to some of Earth's most extraordinary geothermal wonders | Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park's most renowned feature, provides the quintessential introduction to the region's natural treasures | The geyser's spectacular eruptions can last as long as five minutes | Discover the steaming and bubbling thermal features of the Upper Geyser Basin | Marvel at Morning Glory Pool's beautiful colors and the otherworldly silica formations at Grotto Fountain.
5-6 Give your camera a workout on a wildlife safari through the Lamar Valley | In vehicles and on foot, explore Yellowstone's northern reaches in search of antelope, bison, coyote, elk and the elusive wolf | Experience this wilderness through the eyes of a seasoned naturalist | Visit Fort Yellowstone or witness the colorful travertine terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs.