Sandwiched between Grand Teton National Park to the north and miles of national forest in every other direction, the Jackson Hole valley has remained relatively isolated from the burgeoning travel industry. Instead it has survived on local industries like logging, ranching and, during the 19th century, fur trading. But recently, Jackson Hole has encouraged the rise of tourism. Former blue-collar settlements like Jackson and Grand Teton now boast notable art and performance venues, and mega ski resorts have transformed the region into an up-and-coming winter wonderland. When planning an opulent getaway, many people don't give western Wyoming a thought. To those travelers, we say: Think again.
Sure, you won't encounter the glitz and glam of Aspen or Lake Tahoe, but the beauty and vastness of the Jackson Hole region has caught the attention of Hollywood celebs like Harrison Ford and politicos like former Vice President Dick Cheney. Yet, even with its fresh and luxurious upgrade, Jackson Hole remains first and foremost the heart of mountain country, with rugged trails and miles of open space that recall a time before the West was won.
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The best times to visit Jackson Hole are the months of April, May, September and October. Although the weather during these shoulder seasons can be unpredictable — temperatures can range anywhere from the low 30s to the low 60s — you can expect to find prices at their lowest and a region practically free of tourists. Expect rates to rocket in the summer since both Yellowstone and Grand Teton are open and draw in thousands of visitors. Although you'll save a few bucks on a winter trip, the arrival of powder hounds will keep hotel rates relatively high.
Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center
The best way to get around Jackson Hole is by car. Rental offices are located in the town of Jackson and at the Jackson Hole Airport (JAC), about 9 miles north. There is also public transportation available around the town of Jackson and to Teton Village. However, service isn't very frequent. Taxi cabs are also available in the area.
To get to your hotel from the airport, you can use the Alltrans shuttle service. One-way trips vary from $16 to $55, depending on destination.See details for Getting Around
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