I've been itching to go back to Grand Teton National Park. I realized that we haven't been there since 2005. We moved to Montana in 2006 and have been to Yellowstone several times, but haven't made it further south to the Tetons. Of all the national parks we've been to, Grand Teton is my favorite.
Grand Teton has it all -- beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife, amazing lodges, lakes, rivers, and great campgrounds. Sadly, the majority of people skip GTNP on their way to Yellowstone. They might stop at a few scenic pull-outs, but many just drive through the park. Whenever we've gone, we've stayed at least 3 nights before heading into Yellowstone. Now that we're 6 hours from the West Entrance, we can go to Yellowstone a lot more. Grand Teton is further down though, so it will take us awhile longer to get there because we have to drive through Yellowstone. It's hard to drive through Yellowstone and not stop.
However, I've really been wanting to go back there. We always see moose in Grand Teton along with grizzlies, black bear, deer, elk, bison, eagles, and so forth. It's kind of funny now because we see those animals so often in Montana. Back when we lived in California, our annual trip was usually to the Teton/Yellowstone area, so seeing the wildlife was a big thrill. It still is to me and hopefully we can plan a trip there this summer.
Do you have a favorite national park?