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Why Go to Jackson Hole

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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Jackson Hole Travel Tips

Best Months to Visit

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.

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What You Need to Know

  • Jackson Hole isn't Jackson Many travelers confuse Jackson Hole, the valley region, with Jackson, the town. But remember that Jackson town is located inside the Jackson Hole region.
  • You're not alone here Jackson Hole is a common stomping ground for wild animals, including bears. If you plan on hiking, go with a friend and make plenty of noise on the trails. 
  • Avoid driving in the winter Heavy snowfall and ice in the colder months can make road conditions obviously a little dangerous. If you don't have experience with winter driving, it's best to stay off the road.

How to Save Money in Jackson Hole

  • Visit during the offseason Jackson Hole experiences two high seasons: summer and winter. A visit during the shoulder seasons (especially in the months of May or October) will save you big bucks.
  • Order the early-bird special Many Jackson Hole eateries offer happy hour food and drink specials in the late afternoon and early evening. You'll save on eats and enjoy local company at the same time.
  • Just enjoy yourself The majority of Jackson Hole's most memorable experiences  hiking in the Grand Tetons, hearing the notorious elk bugle  are free of charge. Make the most of it!

Getting Around Jackson Hole

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.

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