There is so much to see and do in Jackson Hole, it’s hard to know where to start. So we’ve created some day-long itineraries for you to choose from depending on your personality, or on how you might be feeling on any given winter day.
Take a sunrise wildlife van tour through parts of Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton Forest and National Elk Refuge, warming up with snacks, hot coffee and hot chocolate provided by your guide. After your tour, head over to the National Museum of Wildlife Art, overlooking the elk refuge, where you will later take an hour-long sleigh ride after poking around the exhibits and galleries at the museum. For a quick lunch, grab a sandwich at Creekside Market and Deli, located directly across from the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center on Cache Street, where the sleigh rides on the refuge leave from.
Go to the Gun Barrel for dinner. Although it may seem a little weird to indulge in a meal of elk or bison after seeing them up close in the wild, the fact is you can’t beat local game or fish as a hearty, winter meal. And the restaurant was formerly the home of the Wyoming Wildlife Museum and Taxidermy. So there’s that to go along with the wildlife theme!
Plan a backcountry excursion either with a guide from the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Exum Mountain Guides or Jackson Hole Mountain Guides, who can take you to uncrowded areas in the Teton backcountry. Before you head off, start your day with an amazing breakfast of locally sourced ingredients at the The Alpine House Lodge and Cottages, owned by former winter Olympians and current mountain guides.
After exploring the backcountry, grab lunch or a hearty snack from Creekside Deli before heading over to Snow King Mountain’s Exum Ice Park for a quick climb of the ice wall. An authentic Thai dinner and glass of onsite craft-brewed beer at Thai Me Up is the perfect topper to the day.
Grab some breakfast at E.Leaven before embarking on the unforgettable experience of a half-day, guided snowmobile trip to Granite Hot Springs. Soak in the thermal pool there for a short spell before heading back to Town Square for a late lunch and a little shopping. Next, take an hour-long, horse-drawn sleigh ride on the National Elk Refuge, a very short distance from the square. Later in the day, go over to Snow King for a ride on the Cowboy Coaster and snow tubing down the hill. After dinner at the Lift, ice skate on Town Square under the twinkly lights.
Start your day of culinary delights with a breakfast of seasonal and local ingredients at Wild Sage at the Rusty Parrot Lodge. Then stop into Jackson Hole Buffalo Meat Company in the Smith’s plaza and to check out the selection of ranch-raised bison and elk. Have the butcher cut you a steak to ship back home as a yummy souvenir of your trip. Drop into local's favorite Picnic Cafe & Coffee for a cold nitro brew en-route to visit the Jackson Hole History Museum and learn how the early valley settlers farmed and hunted to sustain themselves.
Spend the afternoon taking a tasting tour of some Teton-grown libations at Jackson Hole Winery, Jackson Hole Still Works, Grand Teton Distillery Tasting Room and the Town Square Tavern which serves Wyoming Whiskey. If coffee or Tea, is more your Afternoon Delight? Persephone Bakery steps off Town Square hosts afternoon tea at 4pm—pressed linens, fine china, petit fours, scones, and tea sandwiches. Exclusively for one party of six or less each afternoon and reservations are a must. While downtown, visit the new Vertical Harvest, a three-story hydrophonic farm that grows and sells vegetables year-round to the Jackson area and directly to the public via MARKET, its on-site store. At the end of the day, treat yourself to dinner at Snake River Grill.
Plan to stay in a honeymoon room or suite at The Four Seasons. Take a day off from the slopes and go on a half-day, private Iditarod-style dog sled tour with Continental Divide Dogsled Adventures—lunch included. Share a romantic his-and-her massage in the afternoon at Body Sage Spa downtown.
A sunset wildlife van tour with one of the valley’s local guides through parts of Grand Teton National Park and Bridger-Teton Forest is the stuff memories are made of—and you’ll learn about the ecology and geology of the Jackson Hole area, too. Bonus!
Literally top off your day with a candle-lit dinner for two up at the Granary at Spring Creek Ranch, where you can watch the sun set behind the Tetons.