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Planning a Trip to Jackson

Jackson refers to the actual town of Jackson that is located at the southern edge of Jackson Hole. Jackson Hole is the large valley that is surrounded by five different mountain ranges, the Teton Range being the most impressive to the west. Grand Teton National Park lies mostly inside Jackson Hole and Yellowstone National Park lies to its north.
It depends on your interests but to maximize wildlife viewing and minimize crowds, we recommend visiting in the spring (May to June) or fall (September to October). The summer is ideal for great weather and to enjoy outdoor activities, while the winter months are great for viewing wildlife, enjoying snow sports, and avoiding crowds. Keep in mind that the southern entrance to Yellowstone is closed to wheeled vehicles from early November through early May.
It has been known to snow any month of the year! During the summer months (June through August), temperatures range from lows in the 40s to highs in the upper 80s, with possible showers or thunderstorms in the afternoons. Fall (September through November) and spring (April and May) bring lows in the teens and highs in the 70s, with possible rainy or snowy overcast days. During the winter (December through March), expect lows in the single digits and highs in the 20s, with lots of snow and possible wind. Cold snaps can drop temps to -20 degrees.
If you prefer to be close to amenities, like dining and shopping, the town of Jackson is the place to stay. Consider staying at a local bed and breakfast like Inn on the Creek where you can walk to Town Square, shops, and restaurants. If you are looking for more of a resort feel then consider staying in Teton Village. You’ll find larger hotels and lodges, as well as on-site activities for children like mountain biking, a ropes course, and hiking trails. While there is bus service to Teton Village for a few dollars a person, a rental car might make your stay in the “Village” more convenient.
If you are staying in the town of Jackson, a rental car is not necessary. Many hotels offer airport pickups and drop offs and there is a very efficient town shuttle that is free of charge and runs every 30 minutes. Join us to tour Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks and if you want to return, you can always rent a car for a day. Many guided activities in the area offer transportation to and from your hotel. For those who want more flexibility or a do-it-yourself type of vacation, a rental car will be more convenient.
Check out our Local Insights pages for restaurant recommendations. Our favorite in town restaurant is Lotus where you can find super yummy and healthy options. The best breakfast, hands down, is Nora’s Fish Creek Inn in Wilson, just 6 miles west of town. You can’t beat their huevos rancheros.
There are so many incredible books available to get you primed for your Jackson Hole, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park vacation but here are some of our favorites based on subject matter:
  • Geology: Windows into the Earth by Robert Smith, and Lee Siegel Creation of the Teton Landscape: The Geologic Story of Grand Teton National Park By J.D. Love, John Reed, and Kenneth Pierce
  • Wildlife Behavior: Behavior of North America Mammals By Mark Elbroch Decade of the Wolf, Revised and Updated: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone By Douglas Smith Wolves: Behavior, Ecology and Conservation Editors David Mech and Luigi Boitani
  • History: Place Called Jackson Hole: A Historic Resource Study of Grand Teton National Park by John Daugherty The Epic Story of Yellowstone – Empire of Shadows By George Black
We are the local experts and we are here to help! Feel free to pick our brains now and/or during the tour about other activities, lodging options, restaurants, great hikes, and more. Don’t miss our local insight page!

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