From spacious skies to rugged mountains, Jackson Hole offers an unforgettable experience in the American West. Nestled in a valley with picturesque lakes, nature preserves, and a wildlife refuge, this small city is found in the Northwest corner of Wyoming, near the border with Idaho.
Day trips include a visit to Grand Teton National Park, filled with hiking trails, fly-fishing, and scenic rafting tours down the Snake River. Or look for bison, elk, and the plumes of hot steam from Old Faithful’s geyser when you tour Yellowstone National Park, the bulk of which is located in Wyoming.
Winter sport aficionados love Jackson Hole for its world-class downhill and cross-country skiing, as well as its snowboarding, dog-sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and sleigh rides in the National Elk Refuge. After a day outdoors, visitors gratefully unwind by the fire and enjoy being pampered at any one of the convenient slope-side luxury resorts.
For a quieter experience, the best time to visit is April-May and September-October. In the spring, melting snow refills the rivers and helps wildflowers bloom on the valley floor. By Memorial Day, Jackson Hole celebrates “Old West Days” with a colorful parade, stagecoach rides, rodeos, and a brew fest. Active travelers can try mountain biking, fly-fishing, or wildlife spotting. For a unique perspective, enjoy a ride in a covered wagon or the panoramic view from above on an aerial tour.
In the fall, as the golden leaves of the Aspen trees compliment deep blue skies, you’ll never forget witnessing the Great Pronghorn Sheep Migration. Be sure to take your camera and capture the moment these majestic animals leave their summer grazing grounds in the Grand Tetons and head to lower pastures.
On another day, spend some time at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum, or the Wyoming Dinosaur Center. For a one-of-a-kind adventure, get up close and personal with hawks, eagles, owls, and falcons at the Teton Raptor Center. Round out your visit by browsing the local festivals, art & antique shows, and craft markets that showcase fine leather goods, bespoke jewelry, and Western art.
As mealtime beckons, start off with locally produced wines, spirits, and brews, or expertly crafted cocktails. At high-end restaurants, award-winning chefs prepare locally sourced, steak and game delivered daily from nearby ranches, as well as unique ethnic dishes. Casual bistros offer lighter options such as fresh seafood, pasta, or tapas. For a truly unique meal, reserve your seat on one of Jackson Hole’s famed chuck wagon dinner trips. Travel back in time and enjoy the Old West atmosphere with a half-day trail ride, cowboy serenades, and a hearty barbecue meal.
At night, lay your head on the soft pillows of a grand hotel and resort in town, or experience life on the range at an all-inclusive luxury dude ranch. Additional lodging options include private mountain home rentals, glamping, or cozy log cabins on the shores of Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park.
With the local airport, only 10 miles from downtown, vacation arrivals and departures are easy. Flights from 12 major cities arrive daily at Jackson Hole Airport, the only US airport located entirely within a National Park.
While you dream of Western skies, let Pegasus Travel Advisors create a treasured vacation experience for you in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.