Grand Teton National Park
While it’s typically less crowded than its neighbor, Yellowstone, Grand Teton is no less impressive. Keep a camera on hand for bear, moose, and bald eagle sightings, or stick to the scenery: nearly 310,000 acres of snowcapped crags, clear mountain lakes, and meadows dotted with wild flowers. Located on the shores of Phelps Lake near the park’s southern tip, the LEED Platinum Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve is the base for eightmiles of additional trails, part of a $20 million endowment from the Rockefeller family, which opened in 2008.
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