Grand Teton National Park

Awesome in their grandeur, the Tetons have captivated the imagination from the moment humans laid eyes on them. This wilderness is home to bear, moose and elk in number, and played a fundamental role in the history of American alpine climbing.

Some 12 imposing glacier-carved summits frame the singular Grand Teton (13,775ft). And while the view is breathtaking from the valley floor, it only gets more impressive on the trail. It's well worth hiking the dramatic canyons of fragrant forest to sublime alpine lakes surrounded by wildflowers in summer.

Designated a National Park in 1929, much of the Snake River Valley was later donated to the park by John D Rockefeller, who acquired it through secret purchases. While their name is often ascribed to French trappers, the range was more likely dubbed for the Thítȟuŋwaŋ band of the Lakota Sioux who inhabited the area long before.

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