Jackson Hole

The Top 7 Things to Do in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole’s proximity to Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and dozens of outdoor activities make it a prime vacation destination....

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Jackson Hole’s proximity to Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and dozens of outdoor activities make it a prime vacation destination. Whether you’re looking to go hiking, skiing, or just relax – there is plenty to do in Jackson, WY.

Here are the top things to see and do in Jackson Hole, Wyoming:

Grand Teton National Park: the number one attraction in Jackson, WY

  • 31,000+ acres
  • Wildlife such as bison
  • Landscape filled with pristine lakes, rivers, and mountainous terrain.
  • Activities like hiking, mountain climbing, paragliding, and fishing.
bison grazing on grass near mountains during daytime
Bison in Grand Teton National Park via Nick Dunlap
airplane window view of white clouds and blue sky during daytime
Jackson Hole via Josiah Weiss
lake surrounded by trees and mountains under blue sky during daytime
via Trevor McGowan

Skiing: at 5+ local ski resorts

  • Jackson Hole Mountain Resort – 12 miles from Jackson, the most challenging slopes
    • At the base of the mountain is the quaint Teton Village, a little nook with restaurants, hotels, and shops.
    • 2,500 acres of ski runs
    • In the summer the resort is open for hiking, mountain biking, and tram or gondola rides.
  • Snow King Mountain – in Jackson, 16 steep trails
  • Grand Targhee – 45 miles from Jackson, WY, good for families
  • White Pine – 75 miles from Jackson
woman in red hoodie standing on snow covered ground during daytime
via Ben McLeod

Yellowstone National Park:

  • A short day trip from Jackson, WY, it is 57 miles away and will take roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes to drive.
  • Well known for geothermal features, boasting the World’s highest concentration of active geysers.
  • Old Faithful is the most famous geyser.
  • Wildlife such as grizzly bears, gray wolves, bison, black bears, and elk, as well as graceful trumpeter swans and bald eagles.
  • Drive the scenic Grand Loop, a 142 mile-long road winding through the park.
  • Geothermal attractions: Yellowstone Lake, Hayden Valley, the Grand Canyon, and the Upper and Lower Falls of Yellowstone River.
water falls on brown rocky mountain during daytime
Yellowstone National Park via Ben Soyka
aerial view of body of water during daytime
Yellowstone National Park via Karen Martinez

National Elk Refuge:

  • Home to the largest concentration of wintering elk in the World
  • 500+ bison live in the refuge
  • Visit the historic Miller Ranch
herd of deer on grass field near glacier mountains at daytime
National Elk Refuge via Petrin Express

Miller Ranch:

  • Visit the historic Miller Ranch inside of the National Elk Refuge from May through September
  • A landmark to the valley’s original homesteaders

Granite Hot Springs:

  • Thermal pools, complete with outstanding views of the Bridger-Teton National Forest
  • 7,000ft above sea level in the Gros Ventre Range
  • Stay at the resort or visit for the day

Visit Downtown Jackson:

  • Downtown Jackson is a vivacious mountain town home to shops, restaurants, museums, and art galleries.
  • Tour the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum or the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
Cowboy Bar in Jackson, WY
Jackson, WY via Revolver Creative Company