Young, vibrant and buzzing with life; this may be Wyoming, but not as you know it! Jackson, Wyoming, is a mecca for skiers, climbers and adrenaline junkies of all ages, and the opportunities for outdoor pursuits are everywhere. The stunning backdrop of Grand Teton National Park ensures this western town a place on any savvy traveler’s must-visit list this year. Affordable hotels in Jackson are easy to find – try the Hampton Inn; its mountain setting makes it one of the most beautiful, economical hotels in Jackson.
Tourist Attractions in Jackson
Jackson attracts active types year round, so get on your bike or explore the town on foot to see the sights for yourself. Any visit here starts at the Town Square, where you’ll find plenty of art galleries and shops to while away an afternoon. In the summer, expect to see the odd western shoot-out skit taking place here; it’s just like being in the movies! Find out more about this quaint town’s history at Jackson Hole Museum, home to almost 12, 000 antiquities.
The main reason people come to Jackson is for the wealth of outdoor activities that are everywhere in this town. Whether you’re into skiing, snowboarding, hiking or horse riding, there are plenty of opportunities to get active in Jackson. Visit during the winter months and head for one of Jackson’s top ski resorts — Snow King Resort and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort are two of the most popular, offering world-class skiing. When the weather is warmer, enjoy hiking from the Cache Creek Trailhead. There’s an extensive network of trails here and the national parks nearby offer opportunities for serious hikers too. For an authentic western experience, saddle up and leave your worries behind you. Take a ride with Horse Creek Ranch, with traditional cowboy grub included.
Relax and Reconnect
If all that adrenaline-fuelled sport sounds a bit like hard work to you, don’t worry. Jackson has a long history linked to the healing arts and alternative therapies, for a much more relaxing way to enjoy your break here. Whether you’re exhausted after a day hitting the slopes or just prefer a more laid-back approach to your vacation, a foot or full body massage with one of the town’s alternative therapy practitioners will leave you feeling gloriously relaxed and raring to go.
At One with Nature
The National Elk Refuge here boasts the largest elk migration on the planet – more than 5, 000 elk migrate here every winter. Head for the main Refuge Road for some great views, or take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow, to spot elk and other wildlife in their natural habitat.
If you’re into outdoor activities, Jackson should already be close to the top of your must-visit destinations list. If not, there are plenty of other reasons to consider this western town for your next family vacation, weekend break or road trip. Pack your walking shoes and waterproofs and see all Jackson has to offer for yourself.
Paula Beaton loves to travel and with recent destinations including Paris and Brussels, next on her wanderlust wish list are Thailand and Japan. When she’s not travelling, she’s writing about her adventures for her blog Word Nerd Copy, or exploring London, where she lives with her cats Magic and Jess.