If you want to kick back, relax and just have some fun for a day, then you need to head for Moose, Wyoming. Moose is an unincorporated community located in Grand Teton National Park along the Snake River. This is a charming area that offers lots of summertime activities in and around Moose. You can pick and choose among the following to make the most of your day.
Chapel of the Transfiguration
If you need a little solitude, then take a break and stop by the Chapel of the Transfiguration. Don't just drive by, stop and check out this beautiful little chapel. The interior is very rustic with stained glass windows, wooden benches and a picture window that frames the Teton range. This is a very peaceful place to take a little time out, reflect and connect with your inner self.
Moose Wilson Road
If you want to catch a glimpse of wildlife, especially moose, then Moose Wilson Road is a great place to visit. In fact, it's one of the best places between Yellowstone and Jackson to spot moose. The best time to encounter the moose is either early morning or around dusk. These intriguing animals frequent the ponds in this area. The road is narrow and partially paved so go slow and take your time.
John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway
If you want to spend part of the day taking a scenic drive then check out John D, Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway. The 27-mile parkway connects Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. The parkway consists of ancient lava beds in the north that transitions to granite rocks in the south. The Snake River flows through the parkway as well. The road is lined with lush green forests and a deep canyon. Be sure to stop and check out the waterfalls or enjoy a picnic along the way.
Jackson Lake Dinner Cruise
Enjoy a nice dinner by taking the Jackson Lake Dinner Cruise. The boat leaves the marina at 5:30 p.m. The seating on the cruise is mostly inside with large glass windows. The cruise sets across Jackson Lake to the base of the Grand Tetons and then around Elk Island. On Elk Island, you can enjoy a nice dinner on the island with a salad bar, grilled ribeye steaks and grilled fresh trout.
Snake River Overlook
Another scenic spot to check out is the Snake River Overlook. This is the exact spot where Ansel Adams took his iconic picture. The view of the Snake River with the backdrop of the Tetons is spectacular, one of the prettiest in the state. This is definitely one of the most beautiful roadside overlooks in Grand Teton National Park. As an added bonus, time your visit at sunrise.
Snake River Float Or White Water Rafting Trip
There's nothing any more epic than spending a summer day white water rafting or floating on the river. These trips are a very leisurely way to spend an afternoon. The trips average around 10 miles and take a couple of hours. The views are absolutely gorgeous and chances are you will see wildlife. Typical wildlife includes beaver, moose and bald eagles. The Grand Tetons are a spectacular backdrop along this route down the Snake River.
Chapel of the Sacred Heart
If you want to visit another quaint little chapel, then stop by the Chapel of the Sacred Heart before you take your Jackson Lake Dinner Cruise. The chapel is at the top of a hill and is a small log chapel with pretty stained glass windows. There are picnic tables outside the chapel too. Take the trail right out of the parking lot and meander down to Jackson Lake.
You can even enjoy the morning or afternoon horseback riding. There are several options for horseback riding in the area. You can ride through valleys or to the tops of peaks and mountains. This is just like going back in time and seeing the area just as the pioneers saw it. This is truly a great way to spend part of your day.