Jackson Hole Wyoming - Itinerary: A Weekend in Jackson (2 Days)

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Itinerary: A Weekend in Jackson (2 Days)

A two day tour of Jackson Hole is not nearly enough time to really “experience” the area, but we know too well that with limited time and limited budgets, two days might be all you have. We'll assume that you've “done” the parks; hopefully spending at least one day in Yellowstone and one day in the Grand Tetons (see our Parks Suggested Itinerary).

Pricing Key: $ ($1 to $25) | $$ ($25-$50) | $$$ ($50-$100) | $$$$ (over $100)

Getting Here

If you are driving down from Grand Teton National Park, make sure to drive the Moose-Wilson road (partially gravel) that links Moose, Wyoming (the southern entrance) to Teton Village (the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort). This road is great for viewing wildlife, especially in the early mornings or evenings.

Day 1: Scenic Flight, Whitewater Rafting, Town Square

Get a Bird's Eye View

Start the day off with a Hot Air Balloon Ride.

Cost: $$$$
Reservations Required
Find a Trip

Want something more exciting? Head to the village in the morning or afternoon and take a Tandem Paragliding Ride.

Cost: $$$$
Reservations Suggested
Find a Trip

Want something a little less expensive? Take a Tram Ride up to the top of Rendezvous Peak in Teton Village. Or the scenic chairlift at Snow King is located right in downtown Jackson.

Cost: $
No reservations necessary

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Raft the Snake River south of town.

Cost: $$$
Reservations Required
Find Local Whitewater Rafting Companies Here

Or chill out and enjoy a Scenic Rafting trip through the park or through wilderness area south of the park.

Cost: $$$
Reservations Required
Find Local Scenic Float Companies Here

Explore Town Square

  • Stroll around town square and find tons of boutiques, gear stores, and souvenir shops.
  • The Jackson Town Square Shoot-Out takes place every summer evening at 6pm on the square. It's a little cheesy but entertaining for kids.
  • Pop into the JH History Museum ($) … you might learn a thing or two about the area.

Dinner

See a list of all Jackson, Wyoming Restaurants here.

  • If you are with family, try the Bar J Chuckwagon.
  • Couples should head on up to the Granary for dinner with a view.
  • If you are over 21 and without kids, make sure to saddle up for a local beer at the Cowboy Bar.

Day 2: Choose your own Adventure

Horseback Riding

A number of outfitters offer horseback riding adventures throughout the valley.

Cost: $$$
Reservations Required
Find Local Horseback Riding Outfitters Here

Hiking

Goodwin Lake (Moderate, 5 miles round trip) is a great hike close to the town of Jackson Hole that reaches a pretty lake at the base of Jackson Peak. Frequented by locals, but not many out-of-towners, Goodwin Lake is located east of town at the base of Jackson Peak. To access the trail, drive northeast of Jackson along the Elk Refuge Road until you reach Curtis Canyon road. Follow this gravel and bumpy road to the trailhead.

Guided Hiking Trips are available on other valley trails.

Mountain Biking

Rent a bike from one of the local Bike Shops. Make sure to grab a guide book or map as well (available at most bike shops) and try out one of the many fun single track trails up Cache Creek.

Local Bike Shops.

Fishing

Schedule a Guided Fishing Trip or pop into a Local Fishing Shop and ask for some advice on where to go.

Guided Fishing Trip.
Fishing Shop.

Wildlife Tour

Consider signing up for a half day Wildlife Tour in the park. Best viewing times are usually early morning. If you go this route, switch it up with your morning horseback ride.

Wildlife Tours.

Golfing

Spend the afternoon testing your skills at a nearby golf course.

Take a look at local Golf Courses here.

Rodeo (Wednesday and Saturday)

If you just so happen to be in town on a Wednesday or Saturday, head to the rodeo grounds for the evening.

Cost: $
Located on the corner Flat Creek and Snow King at the Fairgrounds
No reservations required
(307) 733-7927

Nightlife

Pick up a free copy of Stepping Out (these are on a lot of street corners) which has a weekly calendar of live music, movies, plays, and community events.

Dinner

See a list of all Jackson, Wyoming Restaurants here.

  • Try a local favorite at the Rendezvous Bistro.
  • Wild game and big steaks can be found at the Gun Barrel.
  • Splurge and enjoy fine dining at the Snake River Grill or the Blue Lion.

On your way out of town: Teton Valley

If you are heading west or north, head over Teton Pass to the quiet side of the Tetons for a day.

Grand Targhee

(10 miles east of Driggs, ID) has a ton of summer activities including hiking trails, lift accessible mountain biking trails, a Frisbee golf course, and climbing wall. Call (307)353-2300 for details. They also host two huge summer concert festivals (Bluegrass Festival, Folk Festival).

Go for a hike up Teton Canyon

You can hike up Teton Canyon for as long or as little as you want. Mostly flat at the beginning, the trail eventually climbs and leads to Alaska Basin. The turnoff for Teton Canyon is at the bottom of Ski Hill Road.

Spud Drive-In

That's right … a drive in near Jackson Hole. Check the Spud Website for show times. Great burgers, tater tots and caramel corn too!!


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