Swan Valley Idaho
The Yellowstone-Teton region isn’t simply an attraction for visitors from the United States. In fact, annual Yellowstone National Park statistics demonstrate year after year that we indeed share this treasured area of historic importance with a solid percentage of visitors who arrive on America’s shores from around the globe. Our nation’s first national park over the past few years is surpassing the 4 million mark for visitors entering thru one of the park’s five gates each year, and that trend only promises to increase. The word continues to spread; Yellowstone is a glorious and wonderous place. Like most world-renowned destinations, most people clamor to Yellowstone during the summer months, but the spring and fall seasons are now attracting larger numbers of those looking for a more serene experience with fewer crowds. Winter access is limited to over-the-snow travel via snow coach, snowmobile, snowshoes or cross-country skis and is, by many accounts, the most bewitching time of all to experience this magical national park.
Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, the award-winning year-round boutique hotel, couldn’t be more perfectly situated geographically to explore this Yellowstone-Teton environment. Located just outside the quaint town of Victor, Idaho, Teton Springs Resort is the optimum base camp for adventure seekers, in any season, and contrary to many sought after destinations in the Northern Rockies, the Teton Springs Lodge is easily accessible by air, with two airports serving the region. Depending on preferred airlines and schedules from departing cities, guests have the option of flying into the Idaho Falls or Jackson Hole Airport. Given the relatively small populations of both these cities, the airports follow suite and are extremely manageable in scope and thus easy to maneuver. You’ll find all the major car rental companies at your disposal and it’s an easy drive from either Idaho Falls & Jackson to reach Teton Springs in beautiful Teton Valley.
Swan Valley, a Fun – Small Town with Square Ice Cream
From the Idaho Falls Airport, and If time constraints are not an issue, a fun detour and a terrific opportunity to stretch those legs after a long flight, is a stop along the Idaho Falls Greenbelt, located in the center of historic Idaho Falls. Complemented by waterfalls on the beautiful Snake River, there’s a wide array of restaurants and shops to cruise before you head to Teton Springs, a 66-mile trek via US Highway 26 East. It’s a scenic drive with rolling hills and vast farmland stretching in all directions as you follow the Snake River. Another stop at the Snake River scenic overlook is warranted and when you reach Swan Valley, you’re almost there! Swan Valley is a picturesque community that literally nestles on the banks of the famous South Fork of the Snake River. If you’re traveling during the summer months, be sure to stop for a square ice cream cone, a yummy treat that has literally put Swan Valley on the map.
Travelers setting down in Jackson Hole have undisputedly arrived at one of the most beautiful places in the country with a beautiful view of the Teton Mountain Range. As your plane circles for landing in Grand Teton National Park, you’re treated to your first glimpse of how magnificent this Yellowstone-Teton region truly is. Thus, your sense of arrival with the towering Tetons bordering the runway sets the tone for what you can expect to experience in this entire Yellowstone-Teton region, with views of the Snake River winding thru the valley and wildlife grazing throughout the sage. Many flights into Jackson are direct flights from major cities, giving visitors plenty of time to explore the iconic town of Jackson before they head over to Teton Pass into eastern Idaho.
It’s less than 34 miles to Teton Springs from Jackson Hole and you’ll enjoy the thrill of travel over the famous Teton Pass via Highway 22 with its summit reaching into the sky at just under 9,000 feet in elevation. The views from the top of the pass are staggering so have your camera ready. As you approach Teton Springs Lodge & Spa on the western side of the Tetons, you’re immediately struck by how quickly the pace of life seems to change when compared to the more popular and fast-paced, sometimes frenzied, tourist driven Jackson Hole. In Teton Valley, Idaho, you have definitely arrived in a most special place, and what many consider to be “the quiet side of the Tetons.” However, all the recreation you could ever dream about is at your fingertips here.
Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, the optimum base camp for adventure…
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