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48 Hours in Grand Teton National Park

Only have two days? Here's what to do.

Get ready for a 2-day Grand Teton vacation of a lifetime. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Grand Teton National Park from amazing hiking trails to scenic boat rides and the best huckleberry milkshake ever.


Breakfast in the Mural Dining Room

The Mural Dining Room at Jackson Lake Lodge
The Mural Dining Room at Jackson Lake LodgePhoto courtesy of Grand Teton Lodge Co.

Start the day with breakfast at the Mural Dining Room in Jackson Lake Lodge for a delicious breakfast with unforgettable views. The floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows offer outstanding views of the Tetons.

Drive Teton Park Road

Driving an inner-park road in Grand Teton National Park
Driving an inner-park road in Grand Teton National ParkGrant Ordelheide

Spot wildlife and stop for a picnic on this 21-mile scenic drive in the park. It stretches from Moose to Jackson Lake Junction.

String Lake Loop

String Lake in Grand Teton National Park
String Lake in Grand Teton National ParkTony Hochstetler via Flickr

Hike this easy 3.8-mile loop around String Lake and see mountains reflected in the lake’s waters. Its shallow, warmer waters make it a good spot to take a dip or rent a kayak. Walk clockwise to mellow the elevation grade. Access it by heading northwest at the North Jenny Lake Junction and right at String Lake.

Get a Huckleberry Milkshake

Huckleberry Milkshake
Milkshake with the viewCourtesy of Grand Teton Lodge Company

Stop at the Pioneer Grill in the Jackson Lake Lodge for the best milkshake ever. After you take a sip, you’ll understand why bears seek out huckleberry bushes to feast.



Jackson Lake Boat Cruise

Breakfast cruise on Jackson Lake to Elk Island from Colter Bay in Grand Teton National Park
Colter Bay Scenic Lake Cruise on the RendezvousCourtesy of Grand Teton Lodge Company

Go on a scenic cruise  on Jackson Lake where you’ll fuel up on great views.  Being on Jackson Lake gives you a whole different perspective.

NOTE: In 2021 and 2022, water levels have dropped in Jackson Lake. This caused Colter Bay Village Marina operations closed down earlier than anticipated in summer 2021. Check ahead of time with Grand Teton Lodge Co. for details on whether cruises will be offered in summer 2022.

Visit Mormon Row

T.A. Moulton's barn on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park
T.A. Moulton’s barn on Mormon RowAdobe Stock

Founded in the 1890s by Mormon settlers from Idaho, this community was once home to 27 homesteads. Today you can see T.A. Moulton’s famous barn that appears in many photos of the Tetons. Drive north from Jackson on highway 191 past Moose Junction and turn right onto Antelope Flats Road and drive for about 1.5 miles. A trail brochure and interpretive sign can be found at the parking lot.

Hike to Taggart Lake

Taggart Lake in Grand Teton National Park

This beautiful 3-mile round-trip trail cuts through sagebrush flats and forests before rolling into Taggart Lake. You’ll gain 350 feet of elevation on this trail rated “easy.” From the lake, you’ll have great views of the awe-inspiring, 13,770-foot Grand Teton.

Blue Heron Lounge

Blue Heron Lodge at Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park. Managed by the Grand Teton Lodge Company
Blue Heron LoungeCourtesy Grand Teton Lodge Co.

Wind down after a 2-day Grand Teton vacation full of activities. Get a drink in the evening at the Blue Heron Lounge in Jackson Lake Lodge, named the best watering hole for humans in the park by the National Park Foundation.