T+L’s Editors Share Their Favorite National Parks Experiences

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Grand Teton National park

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

One winter, my husband and I stayed at the gorgeous Amangani, a luxurious retreat perched high on a hillside in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We aren’t big skiers—we were really just there to après-ski and soak in the gorgeousness of the Teton Mountains. One (early) morning, we took a 4 x 4 excursion with an Aman guide to Grand Teton National Park, where we saw three wolves playing in a snow-covered meadow at 6:30 a.m. Our guide freaked out—wolves are skittish creatures—and couldn’t believe his eyes. Needless to say, we couldn’t, either. —Jacqueline Gifford, special projects editor

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

The view from the top of the Grand Canyon is stunning, no doubt. But the view from the bottom, walking along the 20-plus-mile trail that winds through this sedimentary layer cake, is even more unforgettable. We did it as a three-day backpacking trip (lucking into campground permits the morning before our hike), but you can also stay in the lodging on the canyon floor if you reserve a few months in advance. Tip: hike from north to south—the north rim is about 1,000 feet higher in elevation. Your leg muscles will thank you. —Richelle Szypulski, editorial operations assistant

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