Grand Teton, Ketchum land on Times’ travel list

Grand Teton Nation Park landed near the top of the New York Times’ “52 Places to Go in 2017” travel list — and a big reason is the total solar eclipse coming to our region Aug. 21.

“The eclipse will cut a diagonal swath across America, but city lights and overcast skies can be obstacles to prime viewing,” the Times writes. “A good bet is Grand Teton in Wyoming, which will get a generous two minutes and 20 seconds of darkness.”

The park was ranked No. 7, behind destinations such as Botswana; Agra, India; and the Atacama Desert in Chile. The entire country of Canada took the top spot. Ketchum was the lone Idaho destination at No. 35.

“If you miss the eclipse, you’ll still be surrounded by the jagged peaks, mountain lakes and wildlife of a pristine national park in its summer glory,” the paper writes of Grand Teton.

This is true, but you’ll also be surrounded by lots of people: Between eastern Idaho and western Wyoming, hundreds of thousands are expected to visit for the eclipse. It is the first visible from the U.S. in 38 years. Lodging is already booked from Idaho Falls to Jackson.

The list called Ketchum “low-key,” a “hideaway ski town” that has remained “more ‘Papa’ than Prada.” But it said a number of new developments indicate “a more prominent future.”

Vogue also excited Idaho tourism officials earlier this week when it named the state one of its top 10 destinations — and the only one that doesn’t require a passport. It singled out Boise, “one of America’s most desirable second-tier cities,” as well as Sun Valley, with its “laid-back mountain-town feel,” as reasons for the No. 7 ranking.


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