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Suggested Jackson Hole Summer Itineraries

Snake River Float Trip - Grand Teton

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.

Moose - Jackson Hole

Wildlife Lover

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.

Adventurer

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.

Foodie

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.
 
Spend the afternoon on 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 speed? Persephone Bakery steps off Town Square offers rustic yet elegant delights, complimented with Intelligentsia coffee, teas, wine or champagne—on the sunbathed deck of course!  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.
 
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.
Jackson Hole Aerial Adventure Course

Whole Family

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!
Snake River Float Trip - Grand Teton

The Honeymooner

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.
 
Share a romantic his-and-her massage in the afternoon at Body Sage Spa downtown. Sprinkle some more romance into your day with a scenic float at sunset. Dinner at The Granary at Spring Creek Ranch is the fairy-tale way to end the day.