The Oregon Trail

North of Jackson, south of Yellowstone, the silver peaks of Grand Teton National Park cut into the sky, their slopes offering some of the best hiking and mountaineering in the lower 48 states. US-26/89 runs right along the base of the mountains, giving grand views and tempting travelers to stop and explore. West of the main highway, Teton Park Road winds past Jenny Lake, where you can rent a kayak or board a boat ($15 round trip) and ride across to a short trail that leads up past Hidden Falls to Inspiration Point, at the foot of 13,776-foot Grand Teton.

Details on the abundant hiking, skiing, fishing, and other recreational activities, as well as camping and lodging options, are available by contacting the main Grand Teton National Park visitors center (307/739-3300), a mile west of US-26 on Teton Park Road.