If you’re all about hiking, eating yummy food, and taking in breathtaking scenery, then you’re going to LOVE Jackson Hole, Wyoming!!! Even though we only spent 4-days in the Grand Tetons, the views took my breath AWAY! We could have easily spent more than two full days exploring the park. But I truly believe we made the most of our short visit which is why I have to share our itinerary with you!
This “babymoon” trip to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, was just what Alex and I needed before baby Jack arrived! 🙂 Not only did I have a field day taking photos, but we really soaked in every second of this experience. Check it out below and don’t forget to save this itinerary below!!!
4-Days in the Grand Tetons
Alex wrote a great blog post about the best sunrise spots in Grand Teton National Park!! Check it out HERE!!!
Welcome to Jackson Hole, Wyoming!!!
Many flights took us into Jackson Hole, Wyoming during the sunset, and I couldn’t imagine a prettier landing!! After we got our rental car (super easy process since it’s a tiny airport), we checked into Mountain Modern Lodge. Cute and reasonably priced hotel!
T.A. Moulton Barn and Schwabacher Landing
Nothing says going on a trip without waking up at the crack of dawn to watch the sunrise at the T.A. Moulton Barn. By far, my all-time favorite sunrise!!! But I had great company to enjoy it. 😉 Beware that if you go in October, it is FREEZING. I was dressed in a winter coat and gloves… But again, so worth it! The light hit the top of the Tetons and we were in awe as each minute passed. While we were hanging around taking photos, we met some new friends who happened to be from Richmond, VA! Small world. 🙂
Just before leaving, we spotted a MOOSE walking towards!!! It was a picturesque moment seeing it with the sun rising behind it. So be sure to always be on the lookout for animals during your travels around the Tetons. 🙂
After the moose was scared off by tourists, we headed to Schwabacher Landing to enjoy the late sunrise. By this time, I was ready for a hot breakfast/beverage, so we headed to Jackson Hole to warm up at Cafe Genevieve before our day hike!
When preparing for your day hike around Jenny Lake, be sure to pick up some deli sandwiches at the Creekside Market! Not only are the sandwiches yummy and filling, but also decently priced which is hard to come by around Jackson Hole. 😉
Jenny Lake is not only a great spot to enjoy the scenery of Wyoming, but it’s known for boating adventures and hiking too! This hike from Jenny Lake is also great during the peak season for backpacking!! We would love to do this in the future. 🙂
Inspiration Point, Hidden Falls, and Cascade Canyon Trail
For this “babymoon” trip, we made it to Cascade Canyon and it was beautiful!!! A little challenging getting to that point because the trail up to Inspiration Point was very crowded (it was a Saturday, though). But at least we didn’t have to worry about bears with the amount of traffic. 😉 And after visiting Hidden Falls, the crowds died down because the majority of hikers turned around. That left us finding a secluded spot for our yummy sandwiches from the Creekside Market!
We wandered along the Cascade Canyon trail for a couple of miles before turning around, but it was worth reaching that point!! After 10+ miles, we made it back to Jenny Lake just in time for the beautiful sunset.
To conclude the busy, active day, we grabbed dinner at the Gun Barrel for a “Wyoming atmosphere experience.” I was SOOOOO tired and exhausted that I could barely eat my dinner! The time change caught up to us (or maybe just me). Haha!
Snake River Overlook
Snake River Overlook is an iconic spot that is best viewed at sunrise. So we made this a must on day 3! 🙂 In fact, Ansel Adams took his famous photo here. What does that mean? Don’t be surprised to find a bazillion other photographers here. Haha!
If you’re going for an epic shot of Snake River Overlook, I would suggest not going during the wildfire season. During our visit, wildfires from nearby states carried smoke into the view. You might notice that haze below! But it was still a pretty sight. And we got to hear wild elk swimming across the river below us which was cool to watch!
I’m a fan of breakfast and warmer temps (HA!), so we headed back to Jackson Hole to Persephone Bakery. Beware of the long lines, but I promise it is worth it!! Our tummies were very satisfied and made sure to grab a couple of their famous croissants for our day hike. 🙂 This place is a MUST and I would dare to say to eat here every morning! Haha!
A Challenging Hike to Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes
You might be warned to bring bear spray for the Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes Trail. I was a little on guard during our hike in case we stumbled across a grizzly bear. Fortunately, we didn’t see any! 🙂 And here’s a tip that will save you $60! Go to the hotel lost and found and ask if they have bear spray. Thank me later. 😉
I’ve done a lot of hikes across the U.S. and this one has to be one of my favorites!!! From the views to the change of scenery to the blue/green lakes, we recommend this to seasoned hikers!! After climbing 2,980′ for 12+ miles (round trip), I impressed myself by doing this hike 30-weeks pregnant. 🙂
When we got to the top, we spotted the second lake where we decided to camp out for lunch — leftover sandwiches from Creekside Market and Persephone Bakery croissants. YUM!!! 🙂 While we were enjoying our pastries, a CHIPMUNK ran up to me and climbed my shoe!!!! SO cool!!!!
Chapel of the Transfiguration and Glamping at Moose Creek Ranch
After our long day hike, we were wiped!!! We quickly stopped by the Chapel of the Transfiguration, which was beautiful — I cannot imaging having a church with a view like that! Breathtaking. And then we were off to check into our glamping safari tent at Moose Creek Ranch!
While we were in Victor, Idaho, we stopped by a Grand Teton Brewing to grab some beers for later. Not only are the beers good, but the can labels are photo-worthy. 🙂 Before heading back for the night, we enjoyed dinner at Big Hole BBQ — The steak and cheese sub was amazing! When we got back to our safari tent, we lit a fire and enjoyed our beer (root beer for me!) and then experienced the coldest night in the 30s. Despite not properly using the wood stove inside our tent throughout the night, it was still an incredible experience! Ha!!!
Before we left Victor, Idaho, we grabbed a delicious breakfast at Butter — SOOOOO good!!! For our last stop of our 4-days in the Grand Tetons, we stopped by Oxbow Bend which was DEFINITELY a favorite spot to check out… Especially with the beautiful fall colors reflecting on the water! If you’re able to make it out here for the sunrise, it would be worth it!!! Absolutely gorgeous!
We said goodbye to Grand Teton National Park, but we cannot wait to visit again!!!
Our 4-days in the Grand Tetons was not only a great getaway, but a great outdoor adventure!!! I hope this inspires you to get out west at some point! It exceeded my expectations!!! 🙂
4-Day Itinerary | Grand Tetons Babymoon
1) Pack some water and a breakfast bars for those early morning explorations!
2) Bring LAYERS!!! October was very chilly in the morning and warm in the afternoons.
3) Don’t bother with the bear spray in advance! You cannot carry it on the airplane. The airport has it available to rent for about $30 OR you can do what we did and borrowed it from the “lost and found” at our hotel!
4) If you want to drive the “scenic route” around the National Park, drive it counter-clockwise so you have the Teton views the majority of the drive!!
Sunrise at the T.A. Moulton Barn
Wander around Schwabacher Landing
Breakfast at Cafe Genevieve
Pick up deli sandwiches at the Creekside Market
Park and walk around Jenny Lake
From Jenny Lake, hike to Inspiration Point, Hidden Falls, and Cascade Canyon.
Sunset at Jenny Lake
Dinner at Gun Barrel Steak + Game House (friends of mine loved The Blue Lion if you want another option)
Sunrise at Snake River Overlook
Breakfast at Persephone Bakery (A MUST!!!!)
Check out of Mountain Modern Lodge
Hike the strenuous Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes Trail
Eat lunch on top of the mountain (we packed leftover sandwiches from Creekside Market and croissants from Persephone Bakery)
Make friends with a chipmunk (HAHA… seriously, though)
Drive to the Chapel of the Transfiguration
Check into Moose Creek Ranch to glamp in a safari tent for the night!
Grab some beers from Grand Teton Brewing
Eat or grab dinner at Big Hole BBQ
Enjoy camping at Moose Creek Ranch
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer