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.
Begin your day with a sunrise, 4-hour, wildlife expedition tour. Make this one of the first activities you do on your trip so you can know where to look for wildlife during the rest of your visit. After your tour, enjoy lunch at Palate at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, overlooking the National Elk Refuge. Midday, take an hour-long, horse-drawn sleigh ride on the refuge. Then drive on the elk refuge road and look for the big horn sheep. For dinner, head over to The Gun Barrel for local game or fish as a hearty, winter meal. Fun fact: The restaurant was formerly the Wyoming Wildlife Museum, so there’s that to go along with the wildlife theme!
Plan to start your day with breakfast at the Alpine House Lodge and Cottages, owned by former winter Olympians and current mountain guides. Now that you're properly fueled up, embark on a morning backcountry excursion with guides from the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Exum Mountain Guides or Jackson Hole Mountain Guides. Grab a late lunch or hearty snack from Creekside Deli. Or carbo-load on yummy pasta from Oresetto Italian Bar & Eatery on Town Square. Midday, rent snowshoes or cross country skis to take a tour around Taggart Lake in Grand Teton National Park. For dinner treat your palate to some adventure at Thai Me Up for authentic Thai and a glass of on-site craft-brewed beer—the perfect topper after your epic outdoor 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. For lunch, drop into local's favorite Persephone, an organic restaurant and artisanal bakery in downtown Jackson. While in town, visit Vertical Harvest, an amazing, three-story hydroponic farm that grows and sells vegetables year-round to the Jackson area and directly to the public via its on-site store. At the end of the day, treat yourself to dinner at the restaurant at the White Buffalo Club or Snake River Grill on Town Square.
Plan to stay in Hotel Jackson's Miller Suite on the top floor, complete with a 180-degree wraparound deck and outdoor fireplace. Enjoy a day off 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. Take a sunset wildlife van tour with one of the valley’s local guides through parts of Grand Teton National Park and Bridger-Teton Forest—it's the stuff memories are made of—and you’ll learn about the ecology and geology of the Jackson Hole area, too. Bonus! Top off your day with a candle-lit dinner for two at the cozy Blue Lion, famous for its rack of lamb.