Things to do in

Jackson, Wyoming

Fun awaits you in the last of the Wild West, with Grand Teton National Park and hot air balloons on offer.

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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 866 reviews

This was an awesome tour. We saw bear, elk, bison, pronghorn, and moose. Neil was our guide and we talked about him the remainder of our trip. Not only was he very friendly, he was very knowledgeable about the animals and the environment. He was able to capture some great photos with his scope as well as from the bus that he was able to share with us via airdrop to our phones. Neil made the trip what is was! Thanks Neil!! Hands down the best tour of our trip.

An excellent comprehensive introduction to the animals and geology of the unique Yellowstone ecosystem. Guide Greg Eich was an iexceptionally nformative, engaging, and humorous leader for our tour group, and he took us to many scenic sites and to many locations at which large mammals were viewed. Highly recommend this tour and highly commend our guide. Our September tour dates also allowed us to see some changing foliage.

Our tour was fantastic! Our guide, George, was so knowledgeable about the history of the area, providing facts along with humor to keep us all engaged. He was determined we would see the different animals in the park and because of his extra effort we did see bears, elk, antelope, moose and bison. We learned so much and enjoyed every minute. It was a wonderful way to experience the Grand Teton National Park.

We thoroughly enjoyed out your with Jeff. His knowledge was excellent. Loved all the history. We saw Moose, bear and pronghorn deer. Great time!

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly