The Tetons. Majestic peaks above, meadows and glacial lakes below. Yellowstone is one of a kind. Geysers really do erupt hourly. Sulfur-scented hot springs glimmer like jewels. Bison and elk are as common as tourists. As you hike, bike, raft and explore these epic regions, your experience will be just as spectacular.
1 Welcome to Jackson, once the crossroads of American Indian trade and travel routes Raft thrilling Class II and III rapids on the Snake River with expert river runners Enjoy a Backroads spread in the scenic town of Wilson, founded in 1889 by author and Pony Express rider Elijah Nicholas Wilson.
2-3 Bike through Jackson Hole, the broad valley that leads into the park There's glorious hiking—whether you're up for 4 miles or 14—and a scenic boat ride to show off Grand Teton National Park, a paradise of flower-strewn meadows, shimmering lakes, thick forests and sawtooth mountains.
4 Keep an eye out for wondrous wildlife, from elk to eagles, osprey to otters and bison to bears After kayaking across Yellowstone Lake, pedal along its shore, taking in views of the Absaroka Range from both vantage points.
5 Hike to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the park's most dramatic feature, where waterfalls cascade over pastel-colored cliffs Open meadows and stands of lodgepole pine lead to the canyon rim and Inspiration Point, with a breathtaking look deep into the gorge Has it been 91 minutes? Then watch as Old Faithful shoots into action, projecting thousands of gallons of water more than 100 feet into the air.
6 Spot geysers, bubbling mud pots and steaming vents at Yellowstone As you ride along the Madison and Firehole Rivers, savor the sights, sounds and smells of this strange wonderland.