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 summer day.
Begin your day with a sunrise wildlife expedition tour
, led by one of the valley’s knowledgeable outfitters. Breakfast snacks, hot coffee and hot cocoa will be included. Perhaps sunrise isn't your cup of tea, take your time and fuel up like a local at Picnic cafe and coffee
before enjoying a noon scenic float trip while discovering abundant wildlife sighting from the river. Since the midday sun has the animals bedded down out of the heat, head up to the new Palate restaurant
at the National Museum of Wildlife Art
, overlooking the National Elk Refuge. Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the museum with special exhibits such as "Andy Warhol: Endangered Species." And don’t forget to stroll the Sculpture Trail
Now that your wildlife tour has oriented you to the valley, take a drive back through Grand Teton National Park and see what comes out to graze and feed in the late afternoon. Drive toward Signal Mountain and look for bears as you take the road to its summit. Then return at dusk for dinner lakeside at the Peaks Restaurant in the Signal Mountain Lodge or at Jackson Lake Lodge’s Mural Room.
Fuel up with a Teton Burrito at the Bunnery
before grabbing an Adventurer’s Boxed Lunch at Jackson Whole Grocer
. That will be the perfect reward and replenishment after you hike to Amphitheater and Surprise lakes
in Grand Teton National Park (10.2 miles round trip; rated strenuous). The views of the Tetons and the clear, glacial lakes will knock your hiking socks off. Plan on enjoying lunch at one of the lakes.
To celebrate your achievement, head to the deck at Dornan’s
in Moose—the most picturesque setting you can imagine—and mentally retrace your steps while enjoying ice cream or a local beer. Next, if you have any steam left in your tank, tackle the Treetop Adventure ropes/zipline
course at Snow King. To end your day, treat yourself to a gastronomic adventure at Teton Tiger restaurant
, just off the Town Square, with a curry-infused meal.
Have breakfast al fresco at Café Genevieve—
and buy a bag of “pig candy” to snack on or bring back home to enjoy after your trip. Then take a morning drive north to Dornan’s
, located in Moose. Dornan’s has one of the finest wine shops in the Rockies, with the largest selection around—nearly 2,000 fine and rare wines. While in Moose, tour the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center
before entering Grand Teton National Park and exploring the Menor’s Ferry Historic District, which includes a general store still selling pioneer-period goods. Have lunch under the Cathedral Group at Jenny Lake Lodge
Savor a hidden secret for dinner: the Wild Sage
restaurant in the Rusty Parrot Lodge. The hallmark of this small, 32-seat dining experience is the full, exhibition-style kitchen.
Before spending the morning at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
, treat the family to a big breakfast in Wilson at Nora’s Fish Creek Inn
. Then head out to Teton Village to mountain bike, bungee trampoline, ride the Aerial Tram and tackle the ropes course and drop tower in the Grand Adventure Park
. After that, grab a picnic lunch from Bodega
and drive north on Moose-Wilson Road to the Laurance Rockefeller Preserve
inside Grand Teton National Park. You’ll want to tour the sensory exhibits that highlight the visual, auditory and tactile qualities of the preserve’s plants and wildlife. Then hike with the kids to Phelps Lake, where you can enjoy an afternoon swim—a favorite local activity.
Drive back past Teton Village to Calico
or Q Roadhouse
. The kids can play in the shared, grassy lot between the restaurants while you enjoy a cocktail on the deck. Or keep the pedal to the metal and drive into downtown Jackson to enjoy the free Jackson Hole Shootout
on the Town Square at 6 p.m. (performed daily, except Sundays). On Wednesdays and Saturdays (and Fridays from mid-July through August), you can follow dinner with the Jackson Hole Rodeo
, which starts at 8 p.m. These are two authentic Western traditions not to be missed!
Start your day with an Aerial Tram ride
at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and a breakfast of Corbet’s Cabin’s famous waffles, made to order with delicious toppings like brown sugar and butter, Nutella, peanut butter, bacon and more. While at the “top of the world,” take the first of many happy honeymooning couple selfies with the Tetons as the backdrop.
Next, enjoy a two-hour mountain horseback trail ride with the cowboys at Mill Iron Ranch.
The ride will take you into the Bridger-Teton National Forest, complete with views of the Teton Range and Hoback and Snake River canyon areas.