While vacationing in Jackson Hole, a trip into Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park are one of the many must-do Jackson Hole Summer Activities. Owners of Inn on the Creek, a small bed and breakfast in downtown Jackson Hole, Casey and Amy Morton are experts at exploring the parks. The Mortons take a bi-annual trek through Yellowstone via Grand Teton National Park with the goal of experience something new each trip. This May’s trip was their 33rd anniversary of this trek. One of this year’s new experiences was perfecting picnicking in the park. The Mortons are excited to share this and more tips about the parks with all our guests at Inn on the Creek.
Casey and Amy’s Recommendations:
- Get an early start- There will be many other folks hitting the road up to Yellowstone, so getting an early start will get you ahead of the crowd. Coffee is on at 7am at Inn on the Creek and breakfast starts at 8pm. Grab a cup of joe, pack up the car and grab a seat at the breakfast table at 8am. Fuel up for your day of exploring with our full, delicious breakfast and good conversation with fellow guests. Now you’re ready to hit the road and it’s only 8:15/ 8:30 and your ahead of the crowd.
- Pack your Picnic- There is a wonderful deli, Creekside Market and Deli, located right on the way out of Jackson. Order your sandwich with us at the Inn the night before to avoid waiting. We also supply little coolers to keep your goodies cold and folding camp chairs so you can picnic anywhere your heart desires and avoid congested designated picnic sights.
Creekside Market & Deli is the place to stock up on all your picnic supplies.
- Don’t miss West Thumb- The West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake is the first major highlight once you enter Yellowstone from the southern entrance. This amazing spot is often overlooked in one’s haste to get to Old Faithful, the most iconic of stops in Yellowstone, but this is a mistake. You will be ready to stretch your legs by the time you reach West Thumb, and why not, since you will be reward with awe-inspiring sights. See the pictures below if you need more convincing.
The warm pools of the West Thumb area with the Yellowstone Lake in the background.
Casey enjoying the sights and stretching his legs at West Thumb.
- Drive counterclockwise through the park- Most folks visiting Yellowstone from Jackson will drive around the lower loop road of the park and are able to see the major highlights. The typical visitor will turn left onto the lower loop at West Thumb and bee-line it to Old Faithful driving around the loop clockwise. To avoid the herd, turn right at West Thumb and drive the loop counterclockwise. This will put you on a different schedule then the other visitors and get you out of the parade. Below is the do not miss stops and the order you will be visiting them.
1. Yellowstone Lake Hotel- This beautiful historic building is definitely worth stopping in. Grab a coffee or tea from their cafe and enjoy it with views of the lake.
2. Canyon Village- The upper and lower falls of the Yellowstone River are quite the sight! Many trails and overlooks in the area enable you to enjoy the majestic beauty of the falls.
3. The Geyser Basin- There are numerous pull outs along this stretch of road to stroll the boardwalks surrounded by geysers.
4. Old Faithful- Saving Old Faithful for last enables you to really enjoy this wonder without feeling rushed to see the rest of the park. Explore the boardwalks around Old Faithful and the lodges. Grab a refreshment at the 2nd floor bar that overlooks Old Faithful.
Now you can head back to the Inn on the Creek with lots of memories, tons of pictures and happily exhausted. Just another amazing day during your vacation full of Jackson Hole Summer Activities…. life is good here!