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Best Things To Do in Jackson Hole

Because of its prime location near Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, Jackson Hole beckons to outdoors enthusiasts. Opportunities to hike abound here, while winter travelers can hit the slopes at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort or Grand Targhee Resort. This is also a haven for wildlife. Come in the fall to hear the shrill bugle calls of male elk searching for mates, or get up-close-and-personal with these magnificent animals at the National Elk Refuge. When you're ready to relax, soak your cares away in the Granite Hot Springs.

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#1 in Jackson Hole

Occupying a large chunk of Teton Village in the northwest corner of the valley, the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a vacation destination unto itself. The primary resort area in the valley, this property boasts several hotels and timeshares and an adventure park, not to mention a variety of dining options on top and below the mountain. However, the main reason people visit the resort is to take advantage of the skiing; located at the base of Rendezvous Mountain, the resort offers prime access to 2,500 acres of ski runs and 4,139 feet of vertical drop. And with over 400 inches of snowfall annually, it's no wonder why the area is considered to be one of the best ski resorts in the country.
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Hiking Type
More than Full Day Time to Spend
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Occupying a large chunk of Teton Village in the northwest corner of the valley, the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a vacation destination unto itself. The primary resort area in the valley, this property boasts several hotels and timeshares and an adventure park, not to mention a variety of dining options on top and below the mountain. However, the main reason people visit the resort is to take advantage of the skiing; located at the base of Rendezvous Mountain, the resort offers prime access to 2,500 acres of ski runs and 4,139 feet of vertical drop. And with over 400 inches of snowfall annually, it's no wonder why the area is considered to be one of the best ski resorts in the country.
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#2 in Jackson Hole

Boasting a whopping 310,000 acres of jagged, snow-capped peaks, verdant forests and crystal-clear alpine lakes, Grand Teton National Park is the highlight of any trip to Jackson Hole. It was amidst these stunning mountains that nomadic Paleo-Indians spent their summers almost 11,000 years ago and that America's 19th-century fur-trading industry really thrived. Now, Grand Teton National Park plays the role of wild wonderland, offering visitors a taste of the mighty wilderness that pioneers encountered a couple of centuries ago.
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Hiking Type
More than Full Day Time to Spend
Grand Teton National Park
Boasting a whopping 310,000 acres of jagged, snow-capped peaks, verdant forests and crystal-clear alpine lakes, Grand Teton National Park is the highlight of any trip to Jackson Hole. It was amidst these stunning mountains that nomadic Paleo-Indians spent their summers almost 11,000 years ago and that America's 19th-century fur-trading industry really thrived. Now, Grand Teton National Park plays the role of wild wonderland, offering visitors a taste of the mighty wilderness that pioneers encountered a couple of centuries ago.
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#3 in Jackson Hole

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Every autumn, Jackson Hole resonates from the distinctive mating calls of one of its most prominent residents: elk. These large deer-like creatures have roamed Jackson Hole and the nearby Teton Mountains by the thousands for many years, but they still have difficulty finding food during the harsh winter months. So as temperatures begin to drop, the Hole's herds make their way to the National Elk Refuge, a massive non-enclosed sanctuary. Visit the refuge in winter to find them waiting for spring thaw, munching on staff-provided alfalfa pellets.
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Parks and Gardens Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
National Elk Refuge
Every autumn, Jackson Hole resonates from the distinctive mating calls of one of its most prominent residents: elk. These large deer-like creatures have roamed Jackson Hole and the nearby Teton Mountains by the thousands for many years, but they still have difficulty finding food during the harsh winter months. So as temperatures begin to drop, the Hole's herds make their way to the National Elk Refuge, a massive non-enclosed sanctuary. Visit the refuge in winter to find them waiting for spring thaw, munching on staff-provided alfalfa pellets.
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#4 in Jackson Hole

Just because the sun's gone down and the ski lifts have closed doesn't mean the fun has to stop. In the evenings, valley visitors head to the Jackson Hole Playhouse. This small dinner theater in downtown Jackson is housed in the oldest building in town, and is famous for its fun atmosphere and quality performances. The productions are so good, some past audience members have compared them to those on Broadway, despite the venues diminutive size. 
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Entertainment and Nightlife Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Jackson Hole Playhouse
Just because the sun's gone down and the ski lifts have closed doesn't mean the fun has to stop. In the evenings, valley visitors head to the Jackson Hole Playhouse. This small dinner theater in downtown Jackson is housed in the oldest building in town, and is famous for its fun atmosphere and quality performances. The productions are so good, some past audience members have compared them to those on Broadway, despite the venues diminutive size. 
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#5 in Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole's many natural attractions may cater primarily to adventure junkies, but the Granite Hot Springs are reserved solely for those of you in need of some R & R. Open during the winter and summer, this thermal pool offers bathers beautiful views of the surrounding Bridger-Teton National Forest. The water's average temps range from a steamy 93 degrees in summer to 112 degrees in winter. Visitors can also take advantage of the area's scenic hiking and snowshoeing paths, or try whitewater rafting through the nearby Hoback Junction.
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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Granite Hot Springs
Jackson Hole's many natural attractions may cater primarily to adventure junkies, but the Granite Hot Springs are reserved solely for those of you in need of some R & R. Open during the winter and summer, this thermal pool offers bathers beautiful views of the surrounding Bridger-Teton National Forest. The water's average temps range from a steamy 93 degrees in summer to 112 degrees in winter. Visitors can also take advantage of the area's scenic hiking and snowshoeing paths, or try whitewater rafting through the nearby Hoback Junction.
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#6 in Jackson Hole

With a stop by the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, travelers can learn about the area's Wild West history. Through artifacts, historical narratives and photographs, you'll glimpse exciting characters like animal trappers, dude ranchers and cowboys, as well as the Native Americans that used to inhabit the region. The museum also offers various specialty programs and events for visitors, including year-round walking tours of the town of Jackson and local author talks. 
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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum
With a stop by the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, travelers can learn about the area's Wild West history. Through artifacts, historical narratives and photographs, you'll glimpse exciting characters like animal trappers, dude ranchers and cowboys, as well as the Native Americans that used to inhabit the region. The museum also offers various specialty programs and events for visitors, including year-round walking tours of the town of Jackson and local author talks. 
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#7 in Jackson Hole

Combining Jackson Hole's love for the arts with its age-old respect for local fauna, the National Museum of Wildlife Art is definitely worth a visit. Located less than 3 miles north of downtown Jackson  just off Route 89  this small museum is home to more than 5,000 works of wildlife art from more than 550 artists. Some pieces even date back to 2500 B.C. While the museum features several European pieces, American works dominate the 14 galleries.
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Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
National Museum of Wildlife Art
Combining Jackson Hole's love for the arts with its age-old respect for local fauna, the National Museum of Wildlife Art is definitely worth a visit. Located less than 3 miles north of downtown Jackson  just off Route 89  this small museum is home to more than 5,000 works of wildlife art from more than 550 artists. Some pieces even date back to 2500 B.C. While the museum features several European pieces, American works dominate the 14 galleries.
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#8 in Jackson Hole

If you're looking to add a dash of history to your downhill run, consider a visit to the Snow King Resort in Jackson. Opened in 1939, Snow King was Wyoming's first established ski area. Ever since, avid winter sports enthusiasts have flocked here for a taste of Jackson powder. The resort boasts 400 acres of skiable terrain — 110 acres of which can be used for night skiing — and 1,571 feet of vertical drop. Novice skiers take note: only 50 percent of Snow King runs cater to beginners and intermediates. For easier feats, consider visiting Grand Targhee instead. Also located within Snow King are several areas reserved for snowboarding and tubing, as well as an ice rink and lodgings that cater to moderate budgets. 
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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Snow King Resort
If you're looking to add a dash of history to your downhill run, consider a visit to the Snow King Resort in Jackson. Opened in 1939, Snow King was Wyoming's first established ski area. Ever since, avid winter sports enthusiasts have flocked here for a taste of Jackson powder. The resort boasts 400 acres of skiable terrain — 110 acres of which can be used for night skiing — and 1,571 feet of vertical drop. Novice skiers take note: only 50 percent of Snow King runs cater to beginners and intermediates. For easier feats, consider visiting Grand Targhee instead. Also located within Snow King are several areas reserved for snowboarding and tubing, as well as an ice rink and lodgings that cater to moderate budgets. 
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#9 in Jackson Hole

For those of you who aren't quite ready for the black diamond slopes at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the Grand Targhee Resort offers easier, more family-friendly runs. Located in Alta, Wyoming — a small town about 38 miles northwest of Jackson — this resort has claimed two of the Teton Mountains as its own. Here you'll find more than 2,500 acres of ski terrain that sees an average of 500 inches of snowfall each year. A sizeable portion of the resort caters to beginner and intermediate skiers, plus you can take ski lessons at Grand Targhee. However, recent visitors said that more advanced powder hounds will find several runs that cater to their skill level as well.
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Skiing Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Grand Targhee Resort
For those of you who aren't quite ready for the black diamond slopes at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the Grand Targhee Resort offers easier, more family-friendly runs. Located in Alta, Wyoming — a small town about 38 miles northwest of Jackson — this resort has claimed two of the Teton Mountains as its own. Here you'll find more than 2,500 acres of ski terrain that sees an average of 500 inches of snowfall each year. A sizeable portion of the resort caters to beginner and intermediate skiers, plus you can take ski lessons at Grand Targhee. However, recent visitors said that more advanced powder hounds will find several runs that cater to their skill level as well.
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