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Jackson (Wyoming)

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Jackson [1] is in Northwest Wyoming, close to the south end of Grand Teton National Park. It is the gateway to two of the United States' best-known national parks, Grand Teton itself and nearby Yellowstone. Many famous people maintain vacation homes in and around this area. The combined elements of beautiful mountain scenery, Old West heritage, tourist traps and celebrity residents give this small town a unique atmosphere both cosmopolitan and frontier.

Understand

The terms "Jackson" and "Jackson Hole" are often mistakenly interchanged. "Jackson" is the name of the town, while "Jackson Hole" refers to either the greater valley area, the Jackson Hole Ski Resort, or the airport. While most tourists don't know the difference, it can be a sore spot for the locals.

Be aware that Jackson transforms from a popular ski town during the winter into an all-out tourist mecca during the summer. Meanwhile, in the spring and fall seasons, the town can feel empty as only the 6,000 or so year-round residents remain (and many of them may leave during this time as well) and many of the hotels and restaurants close for the season. Each of the seasons have their pluses and minuses depending on the visitor's expectations and desires, but it pays to know what time of year is best for what activity, especially in Jackson's unique high-altitude environment.

  • Jackson Hole Visitor Center, 532 North Cache Drive, +1 307 739-3606 [2]. Mostly a gift shop, but also very friendly staff with good maps and local knowledge, and some wildlife exhibits on the upper floor and outside. On your right on the way out of town on Hwy 89 north.

Get in

By plane

Jackson Hole Airport (IATA: JAC) [3] lies within the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park. The airport is regularly serviced by American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Northwest, and United. Some airline service is seasonal.

By car

Jackson is a few miles south of Grand Teton National Park on U.S. Route 191. Wyoming State Highway 22 intersects US-191 in Jackson, connecting to Victor, Idaho. The nearest city of size, Salt Lake City, Utah, served by several major airlines, is about a five hour drive from Jackson.

Get around

The town is small enough to be explored by car, walking, or bicycle. Also, the town provides a bus service [4].

See

  • Town Square — On U.S. 26/89/191 (which become Cache Drive), with Deloney Avenue to its north and Broadway Avenue to its south. Jackson's town square has unique arches at each of its four corners. These arches were constructed from hundreds of elk antlers. In the center of the square is a memorial to area soldiers. Surrounding the square are many shops and art galleries. During the summer months, actors stage a shoot-out skit at one corner of the square, complete with bank robbers, showgirls, a stage coach, and a lovable drunk doc.
  • Jackson Hole Museum, 105 North Glenwood Street, +1 307 733-2414 [5]. Open M-Sa 9:30AM-6PM, Su 10AM-5PM. Over 50 years old, this museum houses almost 12,000 antiquities that range from Native American artifacts, to objects and tools from the area's first settlers and traders. Also features exhibits on the history of Jackson, Jackson Hole, and the surrounding National Parks. Walking tours available. $3 adults, $2 seniors, $1 students.
  • National Elk Refuge, +1 307 733-9212 (email: <nationalelkrefuge@fws.gov>) [6]. Every day, 8AM-7PM summer, 9AM-5PM winter. The National Elk Refuge preserves land for the more than 5000 elk that migrate to the area each winter. Though wildlife is easily viewable from the main Refuge Road, a highlight of a visit to the refuge is a ride on a horse-drawn sleigh, offered daily every year from December to April, depending on snow conditions. Hiking is limited in the refuge.
  • National Museum of Wildlife Art, 2820 Rungius Road, + 800 313-9553 [7]. Open M-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PM. Features over 5000 pieces of art, focused on wildlife and nature. $10 adults, $9 students/seniors, children 18 and under free.
  • RARE Gallery Jackson Hole Arts, 485 West Broadway, +1 307 733-8726 [8]. Jackson Hole Art gallery featuring western contemporary art from Warhol, Lichtenstein, Ansel Adams, Tomas Lasansky, Michael Kalish, and many others.
Snowboarder at Snow King Resort

Do

  • Skiing is a popular activity during the winter in Jackson, with a handful of top-notch resorts nearby.
  • Snow King Resort, 400 East Snow King Ave., +1 800 522-5464 [9]. The base of this smaller mountain is incredibly convenient to the town, located a mere 6 blocks from the town square.
  • Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, 3395 Cody Lane, Teton Village, +1 307 733-2292 [10]. Featuring a vertical rise of over 4,000 feet, this resort offers world-class skiing, and is in Teton Village, about a 15 minute drive from Jackson. Accessible by bus.
  • Grand Targhee Resort, 3300 East Ski Hill Rd., Alta, +1 307 353-2300 [11]. Located over Teton Pass, about an hour and a half from Jackson, this mountain that receives of 500 inches of snow every winter might be worth the trip for a taste of fresh powder.
  • Hiking — An extensive network of trails runs through the mountains just outside of town, most easily accessible from the Cache Creek trailhead. Superb hiking opportunities abound in the nearby National Parks.
  • Horse Creek Ranch, 9600 South US Highway 89, +1 307 733-6556 [12]. Offers morning and afternoon rides up to the top of a mesa for a spectacular view of a section of Lewis and Clark's trail, followed by a pretty good cowboy meal. Guides are helpful and friendly. Great family activity. Around $45 per rider for a 2-hour ride plus meal.
  • Mad River Boat Trips, 1255 South US Highway 89, +1 800 458-7238 [13]. One of several float companies in Jackson, offering scenic leisurely trips or whitewater rafting trips with up to Class 3 rapids on the Snake River. Great fun with safe and knowledgeable guides. Great for older kids.

Buy

  • Cloudveil Mountain Works, 120 West Pearl Avenue, +1 307 739-3930, [14]. A showcase for Cloudveil's extensive line of innovative mountain apparel.

Eat

  • The Blue Lion, 160 North Millward St., +1 307 733-3912 [15]. Somewhat pricey but well worth it. The stuffed mushrooms and mud pie are incredible.
  • Dornan's Chuck Wagon [16] — 7 miles north of town on Route 89 in Moose, Dornan's offers hearty chuck wagon fare for lunch and dinner (beef stew, ribs, beans, corn bread). But the real attraction is the view: picnic table dining at the foot of the Grand Tetons. Great for kids.
  • Pica's, 1160 Alpine Lane, +1 307 734-4457 [17]. Every day 11AM-10PM. Inexpensive burritos made with fresh, healthy ingredients. Excellent guacamole.
  • Snake River Grill, 84 East Broadway, +1 307 733-0557 [18]. Every day, from 5:30PM in summer, 6PM in winter. Offers excellent dinners, with local touches found in not only the atmosphere, but the menu and ingredients, too. Rather expensive, about $40-$50 a person.
  • Sweetwater, on the corner of Pearl and King St, +1 307 733-3553. Great homemade soups and sandwiches for lunch, slightly expensive but awesome dinner (the macaroni and cheese side dish is a must).
  • Teton Thai, 135 North Cache Drive, +1 307 733-0022 [19]. Open M-F 12PM-2PM, M-Sa 5PM-9PM. Where the locals go for Thai food. Except for about 6 seats at the counter, seating is outside and BYOB. Excellent Thai food at a reasonable price.
  • Pearl Street Bagels, 145 West Pearl Avenue, 307-739-1218.. breakfast & lunch. Great service, good vibes, free wi-fi, totally yummy menu (including totally yummy bagles, sandwiches, coffee), long but reasonably fast moving line.
  • Jedediah's, 135 E Broadway (1 block East of Town Square), (307) 733-5671. 7AM-2PM. From the street this restaurant might not look like much. but once you go inside you'll find excellent service, great food, and awesome atmosphere. Be sure to try the sourdough cinnamon roll. Note: Downtown location has closed. Restaurant now located at Jackson Hole Airport but lacks the great atmosphere. $5-15, but typically have earlybird specials for breakfast.

Drink

  • Silver Dollar Bar & Grill, corner of Glenwood and Broadway, +1 307 773-2190 [20]. Located inside the Wort Hotel. Offers great drinks and food in an Old West saloon-style setting.
  • Snake River Brew Pub, 265 South Millward St, +1 307 739-2337, [21]. Every day 11:30AM-1AM. A good place to go for an excellent microbrew at the end of a long hike or ski. Award winning beer and a boisterous atmosphere.

Sleep

Generally speaking, hotel prices and availability in Jackson can fluctuate wildly by the season. During the summer months (and especially summer weekends) hotel rooms can be very difficult to obtain without a reservation or without a lot of money. During the wintertime, there are typically always rooms available, however prime rooms near the ski resorts may require advance planning and additional funds. On the other hand, during the off-season, many hotels in town close due to lack of demand.

Budget

  • Pony Express Motel, 1075 West Broadway,6285 Jackson Wyoming 83001 US, +1(307) 733-3835 (, fax: +1(307) 733-2658), [22]. The convenient location of Pony Express Motel in Jackson hole offers easy access to eateries, watering holes, shopping, nightlife, sightseeing and adventure galore!
  • The Hostel, 3315 McCollister Drive, Teton Village, +1 307 733-3415, [23]. Perhaps the best deal in the best location in Jackson Hole. Hostel X is right in Teton Village at the base of the mountain. Sweeping views, cheap rooms and a big rec room make this a nice choice for folks who want a good location at a good price. You can also have dogs in your room, though you should ask about this first.
  • 4 Winds Motel, 150 North Millward, +1 307 733-2474 [24].
  • Super 8 Motel, 750 South US Hwy 89, +1 307 733-6833 [25].
  • Motel 6, 600 South Highway 89, +1 307 733-1620, Fax: +1 307 734-9175, [26].

Mid-Price

  • Best Western Lodge at Jackson Hole, 80 Scott Lane, +1 800 458-3866 [27]. Offers deluxe hotel lodging accommodations with unsurpassed service and amenities.
  • Cowboy Village Resort, 120 South Flat Creek Drive, +1 307 733-3121 [28]. Individual log cabins with kitchenettes, porches, BBQs with utensils -- all for about the same price as an ordinary motel room.
  • Mountain Property Management, 250 Veronica Lane, +1 800 992-9948 [29] Features dozens of condos, cabins, and vacation rentals in and around Jackson Hole.
  • Trapper Inn and Suites , 285 North Cache., +1 888 771-2648 [30]. Offering deluxe hotel lodging accommodations Located one block north of the Jackson Town Square.
  • Wyoming Inn, 930 West Broadway, +1 800 844-0035 [31]. A cozy, inn-like atmosphere located just minutes from downtown Jackson.
  • Angler's Inn, 265 North Millward, +1 800 867-4667 [32].
  • Antler Inn, 43 West Pearl Street, +1 307 733-2535 [33].
  • Parkway Inn, 125 North Jackson Street, +1 800 247-8390 [34].
  • Inn at Jackson Hole, 3345 West Village Drive, +1 800-842-7666 [35]. Year-round inn located near Grand Teton National Park and the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
  • Rustic Inn at Jackson Hotel, 475 N. Cache - PO Box 14250, [36]. Seeking places to stay in Jackson Hole WY? The Rustic Inn resort offers log cabins and luxury lodging accommodations with large private decks. Attractions and activities include fly fishing and skiing.

Splurge

  • Amangani, 1535 North East Butte Road, +1 307 734-7333 (email: <amangani@amanresorts.com>) [37]. This impressive hotel is one of its kind in the USA. Aman Resorts is one of the world's premiere hotel chains, and this property features just a few rooms, outstanding facilities and location, and very friendly staff.
  • Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole, 7680 Granite Road Loop, Teton Village, +1 307 732-5000 (fax: +1 307 732-5001) [38]. This luxurious ski-in/ski-out resort makes your experience in Teton Village a memorable one. The resort has great features, such as outside heated pools to warm you up after a day out on the slopes.
  • Hotel Terra Jackson Hole, 3335 West Village Road, Teton Village, +1 307 739-4000 (email: <informationjac@terraresortgroup.com>) [39]. Hotel Terra is an eco-boutique hotel that emphasizes modern design as well as environmental responsibility. This luxury green hotel is one of just five LEED-certified hotels in the US.
  • Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa, 175 North Jackson Street, +1 800 458-2004 [40]. Central Jackson location great for everything from skiing to shopping and everything in between.
  • Snake River Lodge & Spa, 7710 Granite Loop Road, Teton Village, +1 307 732-6000 [41]. Snake River Lodge & Spa is in Teton Village, at the base of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The Lodge houses a 17,000 square foot spa.
  • Snow King Resort, 400 E. Snow King Ave., +1 800 522-5464 [42]. Slopes-side location on Snow King Mountain - the oldest ski area in Jackson Hole.
  • Teton Mountain Lodge, 3385 Cody Lane, Teton Village, +1 800 631-6271 [43]. A slopes-side mountain resort that offers rustic lodge rooms and suites. This resort features a luxury spa, extensive meeting facilities, a variety of ski services and fine dining at Cascade Grill House & Spirits.
  • The Woods Hotel, 120 North Glenwood, +1 307 733-2200, [44]. Very nice and cozy. Conveniently located in the town of Jackson.
  • The White Buffalo Club, 160 West Gill Avenue, +1 888 256-8182, [45]. Newest luxury hotel in downtown Jackson. Prime steak house, day spa and fitness center.

Camping

  • The Virginian RV Resort, 750 West Broadway, +1 307 733-2792 (toll free: +1 800 262-4999, ), [46]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 12 noon. 50 amp full service hookups; moderate walk to downtown and shopping. Beautiful mountain views on all sides. In small town setting.

Camping, of course, abounds on the nearby National Forest, National Park, and BLM lands, and can range from isolated dispersed camping to highly sought-after sites reserved months in advance. Most camping spots, however, will require at least a half-hour drive from Jackson town proper.

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