Naomi Everett

This is a must-do for the Tetons. I definitely prefer to hike in from the Preserve because I find the hike prettier (and flatter if you prefer a lazy day) and why not stop by the Laurence S Rockefeller Preserve Center while you're in the area? I definitely second bringing bear spray and I would also suggest maybe adding water shoes to the list.

I loved taking day trips to the Rainbow Falls area when I lived in North Carolina. If you're feeling adventurous (and the water is high enough), there is an area just to the left of Rainbow Falls where you can scramble up the hill and jump off of a little cliff into the pool. Additionally, I always loved to see how far I could get down the river by boulder-hopping (feel free to call this game THE RIVER IS LAVA). The only downsides? -Crowded on summer weekends -Slightly steep hike out (which is only annoying because you've just spent the whole day chillin' out/ maxin' / relaxin' all cool)