Jackson Hole Travel Guide

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Best Things To Do in Jackson Hole

Thanks to 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 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
    Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
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    Hiking, Recreation, Skiing
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    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

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  • #2
    Grand Teton National Park
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    #2 in Jackson Hole
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens
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    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens
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    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 thrived. Now,

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  • #3
    National Elk Refuge
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    #3 in Jackson Hole
    Parks and Gardens, Zoos and Aquariums, Free
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    Parks and Gardens, Zoos and Aquariums, Free
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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

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    Jackson Hole Playhouse
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    #4 in Jackson Hole
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    Entertainment and Nightlife
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    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

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  • #5
    Granite Hot Springs
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    #5 in Jackson Hole
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    Recreation, Spas
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    Jackson Hole's many natural attractions may cater primarily to adventure junkies, but the Granite Hot Springs are reserved solely for those in need of some rest and relaxation. Open during the winter and summer, this thermal pool offers bathers beautiful views of the surrounding Bridger-Teton National Forest. The water's average

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  • #6
    Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum
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    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, visitors will glimpse exciting characters like animal trappers, dude ranchers and cowboys, as well as the Native Americans that used to inhabit the region.

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    National Museum of Wildlife Art
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    #7 in Jackson Hole
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    Museums
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    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

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  • #8
    Snow King Resort
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    #8 in Jackson Hole
    Skiing
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    Skiing
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    If you're looking to add a dash of history to your downhill run, consider a visit to the Snow King Resort in Jackson. Founded 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

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    Grand Targhee Resort
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    #9 in Jackson Hole
    Skiing
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    Skiing
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    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

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  • Yellowstone National Park
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  • Teton Raptor Center
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