The mountains are calling and I must go.”John Muir
Jackson, Wyoming is also known as Jackson Hole, Wyoming was voted as one of the best small towns by Conde Nast Traveler in 2020, and for good reason! Jackson Hole is home to their famous ski resort, they are minutes away from Grand Teton National Park, and they are home to numerous delicious restaurants and bars in the town. Depending on your preferred activity, Jackson Hole is a great destination to visit all year long with hiking, skiing, hot springs, great food, and plenty of beautiful sites to see!
As we continue to take more domestic trips over international trips and people travel for ski season, here are my recommendations for when you visit the beautiful town of Jackson, Wyoming:
Grand Teton National Park
This one is obvious and it’s the only national park that has an airport in it! Flying into the Jackson Hole airport is a dream landing spot. There’s snowshoeing and limited hiking in the winter, then come spring, summer and fall there’s endless hiking, lakes, and more! As the time I’m writing this (January 2022), I’ve been to 27 national parks and the Grand Teton National Park is easily in my TOP 3 of national parks so far!
Persephone’s French Bakery
Persephone’s French Bakery is an adorable café and bakery a few blocks from the town square (near the iconic elk antler arches)! They have indoor and outdoor seating where you can enjoy a variety of baked goods, treats, jams, coffee and teas, and more! This award-winning French bakery is a must when you visit Jackson Hole! I recommend a stop for breakfast or some treats before you head into Grand Teton National Park. They are open: Monday-Saturday: 7am – 6pm and Sunday: 7am – 5pm.
Hatch Taqueria & Tequilas
A great restaurant with a modern style of Mexican cuisine with a bar to serve up some delicious beverages! I got the elk quesadillas and they were very delicious and incredibly filling, definitely add Hatch Taqueria & Tequilas to your list when you visit Jackson, WY.
Make a reservation for The Kitchen on your last night in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, because this place is incredible! The Kitchen is a more upscale restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating available for you to enjoy a very memorable meal. From impeccable wines to a variety of Asian and American dishes, put this restaurant on your Jackson Hole itinerary! It’s located close to the town square and they are only open Tuesday – Saturday at 5:30pm.
If you enjoy sushi, noodles, and other Asian-inspired cuisines, head to Noodle Kitchen and get something off the daily menu. The waiter recommended a few items on the daily menu and I loved all of them!
Million Dollar Cowboy Bar
An iconic stop that you should end your night at when you come to Jackson! Great for live music, dancing, and a fun evening!
Elk Antler Arch
The iconic elk antler arches are located in the town square on all four corners and even in the airport! This is a great place for the classic photo op when you visit Jackson Hole. The first elk antler arch was constructed back in 1953 and stood for about 60 years. Over time, the anklers worn down and were replaced in 2015, which should last for another 50 years. Each of the four ankler arches located in the town square contain roughly 14,000 anklers each! Plus, you can even find one at the airport as well if you fly there.
National Elk Refuge
The National Elk Refuge is located just outside the main town of Jackson on your way to Grand Teton National Park that is a protected space for the local elk heard to take shelter during the winter months. From December to April, depending on the conditions, you can even take a sleigh ride that runs for about 45-60 minutes for $30. Depending on the time of year that you visit it’s not guaranteed to see the elk, but you typically have a higher chance in the winter months!
Other recommendations I received that have great reviews, but were closed or had limited hours during the off-season (late October) when I visited Jackson Hole, Wyoming:
- Cowboy Coaster at Snow King Mountain
- $20 per driver, $10 per passanger
- Winter Hours: 11am – 4pm
- King Sushi
- Snake River Grill
- Snake River Brewing
I hope this helps you plan your next trip to the beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming to create some incredible memories that will last a lifetime!