If you’ve never heard of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, you’re missing out. This Wyoming location is near Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and several gorgeous lakes and rivers. The outdoor activities in and around Jackson Hole are the perfect ways to end your 2017. Visit in fall or winter to enjoy this gorgeous scenery; there’s always something to do, no matter the season.
Hike in Yellowstone
Yellowstone has some of the most spectacular hiking trails in the country. There’s a reason it’s so famous, after all. Many of the hiking trails are perfect for doing in a day. Pack a light backpack with a snack, wear your hiking shoes, and get ready to see breathtaking sights like waterfalls, creeks, and canyons. Lava Creek Trail, Fairy Falls Trail, and Elephant Back Loop Trail are just a few of the many majestic hikes you can take in Yellowstone. Honestly, you could fill up an entire Jackson Hole trip just at Yellowstone.
Tour Grand Teton National Park
Some of the best Grand Teton National Park tours happen via boat. These floating tours take you right by the gorgeous mountains, and a tour guide gives you information about the rock formations and Wyoming. Bring your camera in a waterproof case, because you’re definitely going to want to snap pictures of all the picturesque views you encounter.
Experience the Old West
You can get a taste of what life was like in the Old West by visiting several venues in Jackson Hole. Try a Bar T-5 cookout tour, which will take you into the wilderness in a covered wagon drawn by horses. The wagon takes you to a camp where delicious food is being prepared. You can also visit the Jackson Hole Playhouse, where you get to enjoy a performance while you’re eating.
Raft on Snake River
Take a whitewater rafting trip down Snake River. Sit on the edges of the raft and paddle your way through churning water, or sit in the middle and hold on tight. You’ll experience adrenaline rushes as you ride through this bubbling river. You can go in spring and fall when the weather is chillier, but be sure you have a quick way back to your Jackson Hole hotel, so you can run a warm bath and relax after such an adventure.
See Elk at the National Elk Refuge
It’s no surprise that you can see Elk at National Elk Refuge. You can also see other gorgeous animals like bison, swans, eagles, and wolves. The refuge has specific spots where you can look at the wildlife, especially so you can take some beautiful pictures. Be sure to stop and do some of the educational opportunities to learn more about Wyoming’s wildlife.
Don’t let the rest of this year pass without a visit to Jackson Hole. Be prepared, because once you visit, you’ll want to return every year for this gorgeous piece of the American landscape. Whether you love water activities, wildlife, or mountains, Jackson Hole has picturesque scenery that’s going to delight and amaze you.