Beautiful sunset in oxbow bend, grand teton national park

The Ultimate One, Two, or Three Day Itinerary for Grand Teton National Park with Kids

Only have a few days to spend in Grand Teton National Park? This post contains all the highlights you need to see in your one, two, or three days in the park. The Grand Tetons are incredibly beautiful, and you could easily spend a full week and not get bored. However, in this post I’ll point out all of our favorite spots for a shorter trip, as well as optional items if you want to stay longer. Our favorite is the two day Grand Teton National Park itinerary (you’ll get the most bang for your buck!) This is a great trip to visit alongside Yellowstone National Park, they are actually connected! If you want more information about where to stay, where to eat, and a more in depth guide to Grand Teton National Park, check out our Complete Guide to Grand Teton National Park With Kids!

Beautiful view of the teton mountain range, Grand Teton National Park

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This action packed itinerary will be starting in Jackson, Wyoming and driving North. If you are entering the park from the other direction (Yellowstone National Park), I will provide an abbreviated alternate route below!

STOP #1: Jackson, Wyoming

Get an early start from Jackson to get into the park in the morning. If you’re feeling up to it, get a to go breakfast and coffee from Persephone Bakery and hit the road!

Optional: Make a quick stop in the downtown square to take a picture with the iconic Antler Arches.

antler arch jackson wyoming
STOP #2: Jenny Lake

Drive about 30 minutes to your next stop, Jenny Lake! Hop on the Jenny Lake Shuttle Boat to take you across the lake. Check shuttle times and prices here, but generally shuttles run every 10-15 minutes. Then, ride the boat across the lake and follow the trail 0.5 miles (one way) to Hidden Falls. If you’re feeling up for a little more hiking, I would recommend hiking the additional one mile roundtrip to Inspiration Point. Hop back on your shuttle to ride back across the lake.

Hiking with kids? Here are our favorite packs depending on how old your kiddos are!

BONUS: Get your National Parks Passport stamped at the Jenny Lake Visitor Center!

STOP #3: Jackson Lake Lodge

Only about a 20 minute drive from Jenny Lake is one of my favorite National Park Lodges that I’ve been to, the Jackson Lake Lodge. The view of the Tetons from this lodge is incredible, and depending on the time of day you may be able to see wildlife from the lodge as well. If you’re getting here around lunchtime, this or the Signal Mountain Lodge are places to fuel up for the rest of the day if you didn’t pack lunch. Also, if you’re looking for souvenirs, this would be a good spot to do a little shopping.

view of the tetons mountains from jackson lake lodge
STOP #4: Drive the 42 Mile Scenic Park Loop Road

You’ve already started this drive and driven half the loop! Some of the most iconic stops are on the other side of the loop, so we will finish off the day with visiting some of these beautiful overlooks and photo locations. Below are my favorite stops on this road, but feel free to stop whenever you see something interesting.

Oxbow Bend

This is one of the best spots to spot wildlife, and one of the most beautiful places in the park. Although this stop is best seen during sunset, it’s still beautiful any time of day. Park the car and get out your binoculars! Animals you may see here are moose, beaver, muskrat, river otters, white pelicans, bears, or trumpeter swans.

Make sure to bring your binoculars so you can view wildlife from a safe distance!

Beautiful sunset in oxbow bend, grand teton national park
Snake River Overlook

Beautiful drive up photo spot that was initially made famous by the photographer Ansel Adams.

couple in front of teton mountain range at snake river overlook
Schwabacher Landing

Beaver dams have helped make this water very still and creates a perfect reflection of the Tetons in the water on a windless day.

Mormon Row

Stop and see the famous Moulton Barns with an amazing view of the teton mountains in the background. This stop will give you a bit of insight into the history of the park, where leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent groups from Salt Lake City to this area to help support expansion of the Mormon religion.

moulton barn grand teton national park
STOP #5: Back to Jackson!

Grab dinner or a beer at Snake River Brewing or one of Jackson’s many other restaurants. If you have extra time, spend a little time walking around Jackson exploring the shops.

NOTE: If you are making this trip from Yellowstone, start the morning driving to Oxbow Bend. Early in the morning, this is a great place to see animals. Then make your way to Snake River Overlook, Schwabacher Landing, and Mormon Row. Head to Jackson (if you want) for lunch. Then back to Jenny Lake for the hike. End your day at the Jackson Lake Lodge for sunset!

2 Day Itinerary in Grand Teton National Park

Day One Activities

  • Explore Jackson, spend a part of the morning walking around downtown and explore souvenir shops, art galleries, etc. Don’t forget to get a picture with the iconic antler arches in the downtown square. Get some ice cream at Moo’s Gourmet Ice Cream to satisfy the kids before heading out on your drive.
  • When you’re ready to head into the park, drive part of the 42 mile scenic loop, exploring Mormon Row, Schwabacher Landing, Snake River Overlook, and Oxbow Bend. Try to hit Oxbow bend around golden hour so you can catch an incredible sunset and hopefully see some animals! Take your time and hit any extra stops you see along the way!
  • Get dinner back at your campsite or stop by Dornan’s Pizza and Pasta in Moose, Wyoming.

Day Two Activities

  • Start your morning early and head to Jenny Lake. This is where you will take the boat shuttle and hike to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. Watch for animals if you are going early in the morning and don’t forget your bear spray (we saw a mom and baby black bear right on the trail!)
  • Spend the afternoon at Colter Bay Beach soaking up the sun and letting the kids play in the water (although it’s very cold water!). Don’t forget a beach blanket (we love this one!) – and be warned the beach is a bit rocky. Although there are some picnic tables too!
  • For dinner and sunset, head to the Jackson Lake Lodge. Enjoy your meal with an epic view at the Mural Room or the Blue Heron Lounge. After dinner, grab a cocktail from the Blue Heron Lounge and enjoy this on the deck of the lodge while watching one of the most beautiful sunsets of your life. Don’t forget your binoculars here either, golden hour is a great time to spot animals in the park!
drink at heron lodge in front of teton mountains

3 Day Itinerary in Grand Teton National Park

Day One Activities:

  • Spend the morning exploring Jackson, Wyoming
  • Drive part of the 42-mile scenic loop visiting Mormon Row, Schwabacher Landing, Snake River Overlook, and Oxbow Bend (try to hit Oxbow Bend for sunset)
  • Dinner at camp, Dornan’s Pizza and Pasta, or back at Snake River Brewing in Jackson depending on where you are staying

Day Two Activities:

  • Head to Jenny Lake and hike to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. You can hike the whole way or take the boat shuttle to shorten your hike
  • Spend the afternoon at Colter Bay Beach (be aware it is a rocky beach)
  • Eat dinner at the Jackson Lake Lodge and have a cocktail while watching one of the most beautiful sunsets of your life

Day Three Activities:

  • Spend the morning at the Jackson Lake Lodge with a coffee and looking for wildlife. Walk the 0.5 mile interpretive trail to Lunch Tree Hill
  • Make a trip to the Signal Mountain Lodge. Consider booking a scenic float trip if your kids are over the age of 6 or rent kayaks
  • Visit the Jackson Lake Overlook and consider watching sunset here or at one of the photography spots along the scenic loop
view of teton mountain range from heron pond

Optional Things to Do if You Have Extra Time:

  1. Hike around Swan Lake and Heron Pond (kid friendly)
  2. Do a longer hike like Cascade Canyon and Delta Lake
  3. Take the aerial tram up Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in the summer
  4. Soak in Granite Hot Springs
Family with baby at the Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park

Headed to Yellowstone National Park as well? Check out some of our favorite things to do in Yellowstone with kids.

If you’re ready to explore more places with your kids, check out some of our other trip guides to plan an amazing adventure!

Happy travels!

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