There is so much to see and do here, it’s hard to know where to start. To help you along, we’ve created some day-long Jackson Hole summer 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. Do this first so you can know where to look for wildlife during the rest of your visit. Breakfast snacks, hot coffee and hot cocoa will be included. If 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 Palate restaurant
at the National Museum of Wildlife Art
, overlooking the National Elk Refuge
. 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. For dinner, try the North Grille at Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club. The restaurant offers fine dining with views of the Tetons, the greens and the occasional moose lumbering by.
Fuel up with a Teton Burrito at the Bunnery
before grabbing a boxed lunch at Whistling Grizzly
in the Wyoming Inn. 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 your picnic 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. If you have any steam left in your tank, tackle the Treetop Adventure ropes course at Snow King Mountain.
For dinner, savor modern American food with a creative twist at Gather
, just off Town Square.
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. Or, if you're wanting to try a more local hangout, grab a delicious breakfast burrito at DOG (Down on Glenwood). Order a gourmet picnic lunch to go from Provisions JH
. 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 your boxed lunch under the Cathedral Group on the shores of Jenny Lake.
Spend the afternoon on a tasting tour of some Teton- grown libations at Snake River Brewery
, Roadhouse Brewery
and/or Jackson Hole Winery.
If coffee or tea is more your afternoon speed, Persephone Bakery,
located steps off Town Square, offers rustic yet elegant delights complemented with Intelligentsia coffee, teas, wine, or champagne—on the sunbathed deck of course! Lastly, check out Vertical Harvest
, a three-story hydroponic farm that grows and sells vegetables year-round to the Jackson area and directly to the public via MARKET, its on-site store.
For dinner, enjoy locally sourced food at Coelette
in the historic Coe Cabin.
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 lookout 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 on the Moose-Wilson Road (keep your eyes peeled for moose!) past Teton Village to Calico
. The kids can play in the grassy lot next to the restaurant 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 treat the family to the Jackson Hole Rodeo
, which starts at 8 p.m. Any other evening be your kids' hero and treat them to an adventure evening at the Snow King Mountain
Cowboy Coaster or Alpine slide and dinner at the resort's Kings Grill.
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. Or, opt for a private scenic float tour down the Snake River — the wildlife is more abundant in the morning!
*Note: The Aerial Tram will not be running in the summer of 2021.
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. After the ride, share a romantic his-and-her massage at the River Spa at Snake River Lodge
Take a sunset drive out to Schwabacher Landing
on the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park and follow that spectacular scene with a late meal in town at The Blue Lion.
The High Roller
For lodging, choose Rendezvous Mountain Rentals Luxury Collections. Luxury vacation residences are available by the week or month on the West Bank, Shooting Star and Teton Village.
Start your day on a scenic helicopter tour with Wind River Air. For lunch, try a chef-curated private dining experience at SUDA Izakaya's entire upstairs terrace and bar, right off Town Square. In the late afternoon enjoy private yoga instruction with Akasha Yoga at the studio or in your private residence. House Call Hydration IV sessions will complete your wellness for the afternoon.
At dinnertime, ride the Bridger Gondola at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and savor the whole mountainside Piste Mountain Bistro to yourselves. After your meal, head back into town and enjoy a private VIP private area at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, while still being part of the lively “honky-tonk” atmosphere for which the Cowboy Bar is famous.