A Scenic Day Drive
…some of the most spectacular scenery in North America
Visitors to Teton Valley, Idaho and this entire Yellowstone-Teton region, typically have more choices than time when it comes to spending a day pursuing some of the most spectacular scenery in North America. Guests of Teton Springs Resort, nestled just outside the charming town of Victor, can virtually head out in any direction and be treated to unobstructed mountain vistas, rolling fields of farmland and wild and scenic rivers. There will be many stops along any route chosen, giving sightseers more than enough reasons to stop the car and stretch one’s legs, all while taking in the splendor of this world-acclaimed destination.
Scenic drives in this area literally get kicked off as soon as you walk out of your accommodations at Teton Springs Lodge. Whether you’re staying in a luxurious mountain log home or a spacious suite in the lodge, there’s eye candy everywhere you look. Your scenic drive day could very well be interrupted shortly after departing Teton Springs, but only if you seek an experience of a lifetime. The magic starts here. It’s a hot air balloon ride that justifies this stop. Conveniently located out of Driggs, Idaho, just 12 miles from Teton Springs, a balloon ride soaring high above the valley floor affords unparalleled views of the Teton Mountains, as well as the incredible landscape in their shadow; the Teton River as it snakes through the valley, the vast wilderness of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, miles and miles of open space, and even a glimpse north all the way to Yellowstone National Park. You’ll revel in man’s oldest form of air travel once you hop aboard an eight-story balloon and take in Teton Valley’s sights and sounds from far above the valley floor. It’s quiet and serene, the beauty staggering.
There’s plenty more to do after your trip skimming high over the countryside, attractions to check out that will undoubtedly add richness to your Idaho experience. First stop is the Teton Valley Historical Museum. This impressive facility, conveniently located on Highway 33, is a terrific resource for local residents and guests alike. At this museum you’re treated to a virtual stroll through the history, lifestyle, culture and challenges faced by the local pioneers who settled in this valley of the Tetons in the 1800’s. And while it’s the extraordinary beauty and recreation that primarily draw people to this region, it’s the generations of families who call Teton Valley home who have created an atmosphere of genuine western hospitality and opportunity.
No one is considered a stranger here. It’s that all embracing welcoming spirit that appeals to everyone who spends time in this mountain-river country. Thus, it continues to also feed the trend of what’s been occurring throughout the entire North West; the population base in Teton Valley has been growing in leaps and bounds. The lifestyle and employment opportunities here and in neighboring Jackson Hole, Wyoming, create the perfect lifestyle scenario for outdoor recreation and limitless opportunities for discovery and adventure.
Families too have been flocking to the land of the Tetons, reaping the many benefits that are synonymous with living in rural America.
If your day trip through Teton Valley happens to be on a Friday, the Farmers Market is next on the agenda. Besides fresh produce compliments of local growers, unique arts and crafts and handmade jewelry abound. And, before heading back to Teton Springs, be sure to stop at the Victor Emporium for a huckleberry shake and don’t be surprised if there’s others waiting. Ice cream lovers are willing to travel unreasonable distances for one of these creations.