Nestled in Teton County’s Jackson Hole valley, tourists consider the town of Jackson a gateway when they wish to visit the nearby Yellowstone National Park. While there is no arguing with the park’s status as a national treasure, there is plenty more to see and do in this charming valley town. Here are four ideas to help you make the most of your visit.
Choose the Perfect Hotel
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Despite its small size (the town is home to less than 10,000 people), Jackson has an extraordinary number of hotels. It is hardly surprising considering the sheer number of tourists who pass through here each year. Stay within steps of the quaint Jackson Town Square and the iconic Antler Arch when you book a room at the Jackson Ranch Inn or Cache Creek Lodge. Prefer to enjoy a little luxury during your stay? Head up into the mountains where you will find upmarket lodges such as the White Buffalo Club and the Alpine House Lodge and Cottages.
Sample Local Hospitality
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You may well have heard of the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. It is Jackson’s famous Wild West style watering hole with a killer drinks menu. There are some tasty bites on offer at the bar’s own restaurant, Philly’s Phinest Grill, but be aware that this landmark bar is chock full of tourists these days. If you would like to eat elsewhere, there are plenty of local eateries attracting rave reviews. Favourites include Nora’s Fish Creek Inn, which stands as a log cabin greasy spoon; the slope side Italian Il Villaggio Osteria; and the fine dining restaurant, Snake River Grill.
Explore the Great Outdoors
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You simply cannot visit Jackson without expending a few thousand calories on outdoor adventures. A visit to the National Elk Refuge is a must, and in the winter months you can hop on a horse-drawn sleigh for a wildlife excursion you will never forget. Want to go a little faster? Book a dog sledding trip to Grand Teton National Park’s Granite Hot Springs. Plus, who could forget the skiing? The resorts of Snow King, Jackson Hole, and Grand Targhee offer everything from nordic skiing to heliskiing.
Don’t Miss Other Must-Visit Attractions
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Despite Jackson’s reputation for outdoor activities, you will want to venture away from the piste to explore some of the town’s other attractions. A visit to the National Museum of Wildlife Art, housing more than 2,000 works of art showcased across 14 galleries, is a must. Plus, there is the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, where you can learn more about the area’s Wild West heritage. You should also add a dinner show at the Jackson Hole Playhouse to your itinerary.
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Author Bio: Linda Forshaw likes to write about local haunts and far-flung places. She lives in Liverpool, England, and spends her free time exploring new places, going to live gigs, and planning her next adventure. She is currently writing for the #HipmunkCityLove project.