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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
The terms "Jackson" and "Jackson Hole" are often mistakenly interchanged.  "Jackson" is the name of the town. "Jackson Hole" refers to either the greater valley area (including, for example, the towns of Wilson and Kelly) or the Jackson Hole ski resort.     
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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 including, for example, the towns of Wilson and Kelly.     
  
Jackson transforms from a popular ski town during the winter into a mecca for travelers here to admire and participate in boundless summer beauty and activities. Meanwhile, in the spring and fall seasons, the town slows down 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.   
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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 [http://www.fs.fed.us/jhgyvc/]. 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.
 
* '''Jackson Hole Visitor Center''', 532 North Cache Drive, +1 307 739-3606 [http://www.fs.fed.us/jhgyvc/]. 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.
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==Get in==
 
==Get in==
 
===By plane===
 
===By plane===
'''Jackson Hole Airport''' ({{IATA|JAC}}) [http://jacksonholeairport.com] lies within the boundaries of [[Grand Teton National Park]]. The airport is regularly serviced by American, Delta, Frontier, and United. Some airline service is seasonal.
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'''Jackson Hole Airport''' ({{IATA|JAC}}) [http://jacksonholeairport.com] 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.
 
[[Image:Downtown Jackson Wyoming USA.JPG|thumbnail|250px|Green ski slopes form the backdrop for summertime [[Jackson (Wyoming)|Jackson]], [[Wyoming]]]]
 
[[Image:Downtown Jackson Wyoming USA.JPG|thumbnail|250px|Green ski slopes form the backdrop for summertime [[Jackson (Wyoming)|Jackson]], [[Wyoming]]]]
 
 
===By car===
 
===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.
 
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.
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*'''Horse Creek Ranch''', 9600 South US Highway 89, +1 307 733-6556 [http://www.horsecreekranch.com/]. 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.
 
*'''Horse Creek Ranch''', 9600 South US Highway 89, +1 307 733-6556 [http://www.horsecreekranch.com/]. 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.
 
*<do name="Barker-Ewing River Trips" alt="" address="945 West Broadway" directions="" phone="800.448.4202" url="http://barker-ewing.com" hours="" price="$50 - $300" lat="" long="">A family owned and operated Snake River whitewater rafting and float company with guides and gourmet meals.</do>
 
  
 
*'''Mad River Boat Trips''', 1255 South US Highway 89, +1 800 458-7238 [http://mad-river.com/]. 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.
 
*'''Mad River Boat Trips''', 1255 South US Highway 89, +1 800 458-7238 [http://mad-river.com/]. 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.
 
*'''Day Spas''' Jackson Hole supports a community of people in the healing arts.  You can do your part by supporting some great local day spas whose quality and service  rival the big resorts.   
 
*'''Day Spas''' Jackson Hole supports a community of people in the healing arts.  You can do your part by supporting some great local day spas whose quality and service  rival the big resorts.   
:*<do name="Tootsy's Footsy Lounge" alt="Massage &amp; Day Spa" address="565 N Cache suite 6" directions="3 or so blocks N of Town Square" phone="307.413.4456" url="www.tootsysfootsylounge.com" hours="" price="extremely reasonable prices" lat="" long="">Tootsy's Footsy Lounge : Locals and visitors love this day spa for it's local charm, character and friendly prices. The signature special is the Deluxe 1hr Tootsy Footsy Massage for $43.99! There are 3 treatment rooms and Tootsy's Footsy Lounge can accommodate up to 5 people comfortably.  Also try a Therapeutic Massage, a Tootsy's Feel Good Facial or even waxing (men's & women's).  Advance reservations are requested. A 'Must Do' in Jackson Hole.  www.tootsysfootsylounge.com</do>
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:*<do name="Tootsy's Footsy Lounge" alt="Massage &amp; Day Spa" address="565 N Cache suite 6" directions="3 or so blocks N of Town Square" phone="307.413.4456" url="www.tootsysfootsylounge.com" hours="" price="extremely reasonable prices" lat="" long="">Tootsy's Footsy Lounge : Locals and visitors love this day spa for it's local charm, character and friendly prices. The signature special is the Deluxe 1hr Tootsy Footsy Massage for $38! There are 3 treatment rooms and Tootsy's Footsy Lounge can accommodate up to 5 people comfortably.  Also try a Therapeutic Massage, a Tootsy's Feel Good Facial or even waxing (men's & women's).  Advance reservations are requested. A 'Must Do' in Jackson Hole.  www.tootsysfootsylounge.com</do>
 
*<do name="Profile Massage | ENSO Spa" alt="" address="235 E. Broadway" directions="2 blocks E of Town Square" phone="(307) 413-8949" url="http://www.profilemassage.com" hours="9 a.m. to 9 p.m." price="$55-$200" lat="" long="">The therapists at Profile Massage are regarded as the most experienced in Jackson Hole.  They specialize in outcome-based treatments so you’ll leave the spa healthier and happier with effective relief from pain and stress. The spa features original artwork by Heather Erson and has space for large groups. Therapists can also come to the privacy and security of your home or lodging, making Profile Massage a valley favorite among residents and visitors who want to maintain low visibility and still get a quality massage. The spa is HIPAA compliant (which amounts to privacy and propriety) and the therapists are extensively trained and nationally certified. Profile Massage is an experience in excellent bodywork, not your usual cookie cutter spa fluff.  </do>
 
*<do name="Profile Massage | ENSO Spa" alt="" address="235 E. Broadway" directions="2 blocks E of Town Square" phone="(307) 413-8949" url="http://www.profilemassage.com" hours="9 a.m. to 9 p.m." price="$55-$200" lat="" long="">The therapists at Profile Massage are regarded as the most experienced in Jackson Hole.  They specialize in outcome-based treatments so you’ll leave the spa healthier and happier with effective relief from pain and stress. The spa features original artwork by Heather Erson and has space for large groups. Therapists can also come to the privacy and security of your home or lodging, making Profile Massage a valley favorite among residents and visitors who want to maintain low visibility and still get a quality massage. The spa is HIPAA compliant (which amounts to privacy and propriety) and the therapists are extensively trained and nationally certified. Profile Massage is an experience in excellent bodywork, not your usual cookie cutter spa fluff.  </do>
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==Buy==
 
==Buy==
  
 
The downtown area has all manner of stores spread across several city blocks.  Goods offered range from outdoor apparel to artwork to run-of-the-mill souvenirs.
 
The downtown area has all manner of stores spread across several city blocks.  Goods offered range from outdoor apparel to artwork to run-of-the-mill souvenirs.
 
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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===Camping===
 
===Camping===
 
* <sleep name="The Virginian RV Resort" address="750 West Broadway" directions="" phone="+1 307 733-2792" tollfree="+1 800 262-4999" email="[email protected]" fax="" checkin="2PM" checkout="12 noon" price="" url="http://www.virginianlodge.com">50 amp full service hookups; moderate walk to downtown and shopping.  Beautiful mountain views on all sides.  In small town setting.</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="The Virginian RV Resort" address="750 West Broadway" directions="" phone="+1 307 733-2792" tollfree="+1 800 262-4999" email="[email protected]" fax="" checkin="2PM" checkout="12 noon" price="" url="http://www.virginianlodge.com">50 amp full service hookups; moderate walk to downtown and shopping.  Beautiful mountain views on all sides.  In small town setting.</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Fireside Resort" address="2780 N. Moose Wilson Rd. (Hwy 390)" directions="" phone="+1 307-733-1177 " tollfree="+1 877-660-1177 " email="[email protected]" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" url="http://www.firesidejacksonhole.com">Cabins and glamping tents within the boundaries of Jackson Hole Campground - a hybrid between camping, a hotel suite and a private cabin.</sleep>
 
  
 
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.
 
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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