Featured Destination: Grand Teton National Park

Road Journals Blog—Dina Mishev is an expert on Grand Teton National Park, just outside Jackson, Wyo. She lives nearby and spends much of her outdoor time there. Her story, "An Insider's Guide to Grand Teton National Park," runs in VIA's spring edition in the Mountain West region, comprising Montana, Wyoming, and Alaska.

There's only so much inside information one can fit into a magazine story, however, so Dina filled in the blanks with a collection of Road Journals posts, detailing things that most visitors don't know about the area

—but should.

  • Spring biking: Do like the locals and take advantage of the window each year during which plowed roads are closed to cars.
  • Snowshoeing: Guided tours let you see GTNP in a whole new light.
  • Dornan's: Grand Teton adventures are perfectly topped by a drink on the patio with the best view in the country.
  • Phelps Lake: The most accessible hike doesn't have to be the most crowded.
  • Snake River rafting: Nothing relaxes quite like floating languidly in the shadow of Grand Teton.
  • Historical touring: Many of the park's lodges have historic significance. Meet some of the people who can explain it to you.
  • Colter Bay Indian Arts Museum: American Indians have a long history in the area, and one particularly colorful docent is happy to share it.

This blog post was first published in January 2011. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.