The Last of the Wild West
There is no question about it- Jackson Hole is one of the greatest places on Earth.
The Grand Tetons, at minimum, will give you goose bumps. But for the people who truly connect with Jackson– they will probably bring tears to your eyes.
What to Do:
There is no shortage of things to do in Jackson, Wyoming. Here is a list of the best.
There is incredible hiking in the park. Some of the hikes are not for the faint of heart- like Middle Teton and the Grand (guide required for most people on the Grand). But they are all incredible experiences. Be very careful. On the easier side, Jenny Lake and Inspiration Point are gorgeous hikes.
A turn key hike is Jackson Hole Mountain. You can hike to the top and take Jackson Hole’s infamous Tram (affectionately called ‘Big Red’) down the mountain. It is free that way. Alternatively you can take the Tram up and walk down. You can get a nice view of some of Jackson’s most hairy slopes– notably Corbet’s Couloir.
Stop by the Mangy Moose for a beer when you get down.
In Jackson Hole, you border Grand Teton National Park. The picture below was taken from my iphone just 25 minutes into the park.
A further drive from Jackson Hole brings you into Yellowstone National Park. This most likely requires a full day or multiple days. It is wonderful if you have the time. For those of you who are 62 years old and over, you can purchase a lifetime pass to all national parks for only $10!
Spas in Jackson
The spas at the Four Seasons and the Amangani are incredible. The Spa at the Snake River Lodge is supposed to be excellent.
Fly Fishing and Float Trips
You can fly fish on the Snake River and most rivers in Jackson with a permit. We do really like Dave Ellerstein of Jackson Hole Anglers. Insanely good ski instructor by winter- fly fishing guide in the summer- he figured it out. You can also float the rapids on the Snake in a raft. Once you arrive in Jackson you will see many options for this.
If you like suede and antlers, you’re in luck. Sort of kidding- the shopping is unique and very western.
For unique handmade items: Four Daughters and MADE Jackson Hole are great.
Rock Lobster has adorable preppy clothes.
WRJ Home is an incredible interior design store- stop in and say hi to Klaus Bear and his fabulous dog Marley.
Dinner: Snake River Grill (in town- try the steak tartare pizza), Q Roadhouse for Bar-B-Q and Osteria (incredible Italian in Teton Village) are tied for favorites. Masa Sushi inside the Inn at Jackson Hole is low key but great sushi. Rendezvous Bistro is also great.
Lunch: Lotus Cafe is all organic with great green juices, and breakfast items.
Breakfast/Brunch: Cafe Genevive is amazing. People also love the Bunnery. Down on Glen or D.O.G. is a place to grab an awesome burrito before a hike or fishing trip.
The Million Dollar cowboy in town is a classic. The Mangy Moose in Teton Village is the place during ski season. And the Snake River Brewery is where to go to for local beer– and ladies– very attractive mountain men.
Jackson Hole Babysitting is a reputable agency: Here is some information.