“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.” If you agree with Henry David Thoreau—and you feel the pull of that great and powerful force that is Mother Nature—then it is no surprise that a trip to Jackson Hole has ended up on your list of must-do vacations. You may first think of fantastic white powder and world-class skiing when this town comes to mind however, Jackson Hole is actually a year-round destination for outdoor revelry. Camping, hiking, and fly fishing are all popular activities when the weather is warm, but if you really want to get your heart racing, white water rafting and mountain biking await. Want to bring the whole gang? A family vacation in Jackson Hole has activities for all ages, any time of year. Read on to learn about the top spots, and what each season has in store for you.
These are the landscapes that evoke those powerful images of towering peaks, pristine powdery mountainsides, and untouched alpine forests. If you are here to ski or snowboard, accommodation like Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa and Snake River Lodge & Spa have all you need: spacious rooms, incredible views, and excellent locations near the best trails in the area. Just strap in, clear your mind, and get ready for one of the best winter getaways of your life. In the summer, you still have 310,000 acres of rugged landscapes to explore—which adventures will you choose? You may elect to take a leisurely drive on the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway, around beautiful Jackson Lake, and perhaps even as far north as the entrance to Yellowstone Park. Embrace the life of a pioneer, if only for a moment, with a hike where you may wave hello to moose, elk, and bison. Your Jackson Hole vacation is sure to be better for it.
Speaking of making some wild friends, the National Elk Refuge is a great place to visit in the winter, when you need a break from the snow and ice. These magnificent beasts have roamed the forests around Jackson Hole for centuries, before the brave pioneers even set foot in these lands. They are the original inhabitants, and throughout the autumn you can hear their mating calls. The elk refuge makes it easier for them to get through the food-scarce winter months, supplementing their foraging with staff-provided alfalfa pellets and shelter from the winds and snow. A vacation in Jackson Hole doesn’t get much more festive than taking a sleigh ride through the refuge, getting closer to the elk than you ever thought possible.
Many travelers make the mistake of thinking that all of the action is out on the slopes in this bustling mountain town. However, when the day’s escapades are done and the boots are put away for another day, you’ll find plenty going on with a Jackson Hole vacation package that puts you in the city center. The arts and culture in this part of town are the perfect après-ski activities. The Jackson Hole Playhouse is a small dinner theater with a lot of history—it’s housed in the oldest building in town. Cast members will serenade you during dinner, so don’t skip out on the “dinner” part of the evening. Downtown is also home to restaurants, bars, and nightlife galore for those who don’t want to hit the hay just yet. Million Dollar Cowboy Bar is perhaps the town’s most legendary spot, with live western music and a plethora of Americana memorabilia. There are also breweries, theaters, and art galleries for you to peruse perhaps you will find that ideal souvenir or perfectly balanced lager you have been searching for. Whatever you choose to do, hotels like The Lodge at Jackson Hole and Snow King Resort Hotel are just an easy town car ride away.
Are you ready for a vacation that’s reminiscent of the Wild West? You can have all of the “wild” without relinquishing any of the luxurious amenities when you book one of the Jackson Hole package deals right here on Travelocity. It’s time to practice your best elk call—you’re going to Jackson Hole.
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