Planning a Trip to Jackson Hole: The Insider’s Complete Guide

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 A must-visit for skiers, snowboarders, and outdoor enthusiasts, Jackson Hole, WY attracts tourists from all over the world. But with so many options and attractions, it can be challenging to figure out what to do (and what not to do) when you plan your trip to Jackson Hole.

This guide will help you find the best things to see and do in Jackson Hole, including where to stay, restaurants, bars, nightlife, shopping, activities, events, and more. We’ll also give you insider tips on how to save money while traveling, such as free or cheap things to do in Jackson Hole, discounts, and deals.

So let’s get started!

Read this Jackson Hole travel guide and we hope you have an amazing time here!

Where to Stay in Jackson Hole, WY?

Whether you're coming during the summer months or over the winter, there are numerous lodging options in Jackson Hole and around the Grand Teton National Park.

Here's what to consider:

- Teton Village. If you're looking for a ski-out, ski-in experience, then you'll want to consider Teton Village. Located at the base of the mountain, this is convenient for visitors who plan on spending a lot of time and multiple days on the slopes. However, it's important to note that you will be approximately 12 miles from Jackson Hole's Town Square.

Options for slopeside lodging in Teton Village include Hotel Terra, Jackson Hole Resort Lodging, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole, Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa, Snake River Lodge and Spa, Caldera House, and Continuum. 

- Downtown Jackson Hole.  Downtown Jackson Hole offers guests some of the most unique accommodations in town. With a variety of boutique hotels, bed & breakfasts, and historic inns, downtown Jackson Hole has something for everyone. While you won't be staying slopeside, you can easily access Snow King Mountain.

Staying downtown will place you closer to the airport, local museums, and attractions. Popular hotels downtown include Hotel Jackson, Antler Inn, The Lexington at Jackson Hole, and Snow King Resort and Hotel.

- Air BNBs, VRBOs, and Bed & Breakfasts. These short term rentals provide travelers with an affordable option for lodging. These vacation rental properties offer private bedrooms, full kitchens, living rooms, and dining areas. You can choose between homes, condos, cabins, and cottages.

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What to Do in Jackson Hole, WY?

Skiing is one of the main draws of visiting Jackson Hole. There are several mountains in the region, but arguably the two most popular are Taggart Lake and Rendezvous Mountain. Both offer excellent skiing and riding conditions throughout the year.

Besides skiing, other popular activities in Jackson Hole include hiking, fishing, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and cross country skiing. Jackson Hole is also home to three golf courses. 

The National Museum of Wildlife Art (NMWA) is located just outside of Jackson Hole. It features art by renowned wildlife artists, and showcases their work through permanent exhibitions.

Right around the corner is Grand Teton National Park. This national park was established in 1887 and covers 1,688 square miles of land. Within the park lies the famous Grand Tetons, which includes Mount Moran, Jenny Lind Peak, Moose Ponds, and Jackson Lake. The park hosts many outdoor recreational activities including hiking, camping, boating, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and more.

Finally, no matter what time of year, you can simply enjoy nature and the wildlife in the area.

Jackson Hole is known for its beautiful scenery. The views of the surrounding mountains are breathtaking. Visitors can enjoy these views while sitting at the bar or enjoying dinner at one of the restaurants found in the area. While there are many wildlife tours, it's not uncommon for visitors to see animals such as Elk, bald eagles, moose, and bighorn sheep from their hotel room.

Where to Eat and Drink?

Come to Jackson Hole for the skiing, and you'll want to stay for the food! Many people visit the area specifically because they love the cuisine. From steak houses to casual eateries, there is plenty to try. Here are some unique boutiques in the area:

- The Bunnery. This joint is a favorite among locals. They're known for their breakfast items, many of which are available all day. Their menu features everything from eggs Benedict to pancakes.

- Pig Candy. Who knew bacon and sugar could taste so good together? Pig Candy serves up a wide selection of sweet treats that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Try the chocolate covered bacon, caramel apple pie, or banana pudding. Fun fact: they've been featured on Food Network and the Today Show!

- Palate. Located in the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Palate offers a unique dining experience thanks for its incredible scenic views. Plus, you can enjoy the art in the museum after lunch with family and friends. Here's the cool part: all the ingredients are sustainable and locally sources. Try the Idaho Trout Fish & Chips (Beer-battered Idaho Rainbow Trout, Malted Onions, Tartar Sauce, Lemon, Crispy Fish Skin). Yum!

- Creator's Crawl. If you want to sample flights of various beverages at the top brewery, winery, and distillery in Jackson Hole, then you'll want to sign-up for the Creator's Crawl. This bar crawl in Jackson Hole is 4 hours long and transportation is provided by Double Black Transportation. You'll enjoy a state-of-the art party bus that features surround sound, two TVs, and stunning lighting. Perfect for groups!

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Tips for Free and Cheap Things to Do in Jackson Hole

Before booking your stay, we recommend coming up with an action plan or bucket list of things you want to do. This will help you save the most money possible.

For example, at first, it might seem cheaper to stay in a hotel downtown.

But if you know you want to spend multiple days hitting the slopes, then it might make more sense to stay at a resort where skiing and full-day lift tickets are included in your stay.

If you want to visit Grand Teton National Park, you'll have to pay $30 per vehicle. For this reason, we recommend carpooling.

There are also free things to do, such as going hiking. Trust us, there is plenty of beautiful scenery and stunning wildlife everywhere you go!

For most groups or families, it's cheaper to rent a party bus in Jackson Hole or shuttle service than it is to Uber or Lyft every time you have to go somewhere. 

With Double Black Transportation, you can even book tours that will take you through national parks, local hot spots, and much more!

Request your free quote today!

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