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Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

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Grant Teton National Park is one of America's most spectacular and scenic national parks. The classic triangular peaks of the park, which stretches for fifty miles between Yellowstone and Jackson, are every bit as dramatic as the mountains of its congested neighbor. The sheer faced cliffs of this place make a magnificent spectacle, rising abruptly to tower more than 7000 ft above the valley floor.

No road crosses the Tetons, but those that run along the eastern flank afford stunning views at every turn. `Two excellent side trips are the Jenny Lake Scenic Loop, leading to a face-to-face encounter with the towering Grand Teton Mountain, and the narrow track up Signal Mountain, which gives a fine view of the five main Teton pinnacles.

Hiking trails, too have been laid out so that no time is wasted getting to the highlights. One popular walk is along the sandy beaches of Leigh Lake, where the 12,600 ft Mount Moran rises dramatically from the lake shores. Also very accessible are the Hidden Falls, reachable by a two mile walk along the south shore of Jenny Lake. For the more daring, the rocky nine mile trail from Hidden Falls through the U shaped Cascade Canyon leads to Lake Solitude.

The overgrown community of Jackson is located ten miles from Teton park's southern gate. Every summer evening, an amateurish shoot-out is staged in the town square. In winter, you can visit the National Elk Refuge on the north edge of town, where you can take a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Jackson is also home to Snow King and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, two of Wyoming's best ski areas.

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