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 a fun 1/2 day tour. small group, really enjoyed it. can not say enough about our guide George. we also had George as our guide the day before on our full day tour. he is so full of life, keeps the trip interesting, he is really knowledgeable about Yellowstone and the Tetons. he was always concerned about our comfort. would recommend him without reservation. highly recommend Teton Float tours, best way to see a lot and avoid traffic, parking and driving.

We had Scott for our tour guide and he was absolutely amazing. He was courteous, extremely informative, and funny! He made our day very enjoyable. The tour itself was also amazing. The accommodations and food were great. We were picked up on time and all in all had a very rememberable day. It was everything we were hoping for. Thank you for being such a good host!

This is a must-do if you’re visiting this area. Our guide, Corey, was great. He told us all about the area, pointed out bald eagles and other wildlife. He entertained us with his stories of mountain climbing, cave exploring, and other adventures available in the area. We took the float trip and it was perfect for old and young.

Kilmeny texted us in advance with directions and gave us options for lunch orders. Carver was a great river guide. He definitely knew what he was doing, was friendly and engaging, and would alert us to wildlife. I would highly recommend!

Our guide was so knowledgeable and made the trip fun. Got to know each one of us as we drove. The scenery was breathtaking. Our hike on the west shore of Jenny Lake took us to an amazing waterfall and a lookout over the lake.