I recently went to Jackson Hole and immediately fell in love with this city. We flew into Jackson Hole airport, which is situated in Grand Teton National Park, and was immediately in awe. The snow-topped mountains greet you right as you get off the plane, along with crisp air and complete serenity. Since I live in a city full time, I couldn’t believe how silent it was even during the day. We then got into our rental car and headed off to our hotel.
We stayed at two hotels throughout our 6-day trip: the Inn on the Creek and Hotel Terra. The Inn on the Creek is family-owned and operated and located just a few minute walk from downtown. As the name states, it sits along a creek and is absolutely adorable. The staff was so welcoming and made breakfast for the guests every morning. There were also snacks available at all times and a happy hour every afternoon. Hotel Terra was a big resort sitting at the base of a ski mountain. It’s located about 30 minutes away from downtown in Teton Village, which was also home to many other hotels. Both hotels were beautiful and it was fun to be able to get two different experiences.
Now to the even more fun part, what to do while you are here.
What to Do
Walk around the city and town square. The city is filled with coffee shops, boutiques, art galleries, shops, and restaurants. At each corner of the town square there is an antler arch. Each arch is made from antlers that were picked up by local Boy Scouts in the National Elk Refuge.
Drive the 42-mile scenic drive through Grand Teton National Park. As you are leaving Jackson Hole, stop at the Discovery Center to get a map and recommendations from local rangers. This drive is the perfect way to spend an entire day. If you stop at every pull-off it can take hours and boy, is it worth it. We stopped at Jackson Lake Lodge for lunch as it was the perfect midway and midday point. The views are also stunning! During the 42-mile drive, there is an option to do a 3 mile turn-off to go by Jenny Lake. Do it. It was so worth it!
Pictures from the drive
Jackson Lake Lodge
Drive to Moulton Barn and Antelope Flats. Here we saw two antelopes walking through the tall grass. It was amazing!
Drive to Yellowstone National Park. From Jackson Hole, Old Faithful is a 3 hour drive away. We stopped at Lewis Falls once we got into the park, the Continental Divide, and headed on our way to lunch at Grant Village Dining Room. The views from here are beautiful! On the way back from Old Faithful we stopped at Lewis Lake, Jackson Lake, and a waterfall. We also went by a farm and saw bison munching on grass in the fields. They were so cute!
Take the chairlift to the top of Snow King. Here you will find amazing views of the city, National Elk Refuge, and the Tetons.
Sample beer or get a bite to eat at Snake River Brewery
If you are there June through October, drive Moose Wilson Road (it closes November-May). It’s known for its wildlife! We drove it around 10 am and didn’t see anything, but early in the morning it is known for being a popular spot for moose and bears!
Where to Eat
- The Local – a modern American steakhouse
- Hand Fire Pizza – as the name states, amazing pizza
- Jackson Lake Lodge’s Pioneer Grill – a laid-back atmosphere in a 50s diner setting
- Cowboy Coffee Shop – located in downtown Jackson Hole. Perfect for coffee, tea, and cookies.
- Osteria Restaurant at Hotel Terra
- Mangy Moose Tavern – great place for drinks and live music. Short walk from Hotel Terra
- The Bunnery – great lunch spot
- Calico Restaurant – Italian restaurant midway between Jackson Hole and Teton Village
- Million Dollar Cowboy Bar – fun, laid-back bar. Their bar stools are saddles!
- Merry Piglets Mexican Grill
- Glorietta – delicious Italian restaurant
- Pearl Street Bagels – amazing bagel sandwiches for breakfast and lunch