Jackson, Wyoming

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Things to do in Jackson: Everything you need to know

Insider tips: Planning a trip to Jackson, WY

Looking to explore the great outdoors in Jackson, Wyoming? We've enlisted the help of travel expert Jurga from Full Suitcase to help you make the most of your time in the area. Read the tips below for your next trip.

What should I do on my first trip to Jackson?

Jackson, WY is best known for its mountain resorts and outdoor experiences. There’s plenty to see and do in Jackson Hole, both in summer as well as in winter. Jackson Hole is also a gateway to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks with the most stunning sceneries and wildlife. In addition, the Jackson Hole area also has rich Western traditions. You can go on horseback tours in cowboy ranches, attend rodeos, or experience covered wagon cookouts. 

What are some hidden gems to see in Jackson?

One of the nicest hidden gems to see in Jackson is Granite Creek and Granite Hot Springs. These natural hot springs are located about 1-hour drive from town and are open in summer and in winter, but closed in the shoulder season. In winter, you can get here by snowmobile or with a dog sled tour, and it’s a truly unique experience to soak in the hot waters of the spring with the snowy landscapes around you.

How much time should I spend in Jackson? 

While one day is enough for Jackson town itself, we recommend planning at least a week in the area. This will allow you to see the best of the Jackson Hole, visit Grand Teton National Park, and explore Yellowstone National Park. As an absolute minimum, plan 4 days here: one for Jackson, one for Grand Teton, one for Yellowstone, and one day for some of the fun outdoor activities that the area has to offer.

What is the best way to get around Jackson?

While you can explore the town center on foot, you’ll need a car when visiting Jackson Hole. Alternatively, you can also take organized tours. Most of them offer free pick-up and drop-off in your hotel in Jackson, and so you could see the best of the area without hiring a car as well.

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What is the best time to visit Jackson?

The best time to visit Jackson, WY depends on what type of experiences you are looking for. For winter activities, the best time is between December and March. This is also a good time to see elk in the area. For summer activities in Jackson Hole and for visiting Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, the best time to travel is from the end of May to September. That’s when everything is open and accessible and you can explore the area to the fullest.

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What people are saying about Jackson, Wyoming

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 712 reviews

We had a great time even though we had white-out snow storms. We were hoping to see bighorn sheep and moose. Kenny, our guide found the sheep right away. But the moose eluded is all day probably because of the wind. However, we were able to see elk, trumpeter swans, and beautiful landscapes. Kenny was a very knowledgeable guide and even used his long lens to take photos with my phone!

Steve was a great tour guide and the critters were abundant and cooperative the day we went. We saw about a dozen moose, a few thousand elk, about 30 Big Horn sheep (probably more), a bunch of bison and we topped it off with 2 coyotes at the end :). Steve worked hard to help us get some great photos through his spotting scope as well. It was a highlight of our trip. Thank you!

Our Tour Guide Phil of Yellowstone Day Tours was excellent! He was so knowledgeable about the local area as well as Yellowstone & where to see the wildlife. He was so fun & really made our whole day interesting & fun! We would definitely book with him again!

Kelsey is the best naturist guide! I enjoyed every moment of the tour. For someone who cares about nature conservation and wildlife preservation this is the perfect tour!

From start to end it’s sooooo magical specially our guide Haley prompt and efficient will recommend this experience to my family and friends