How to Spend 48 Hours in Jackson Hole

The following article was originally published on on 1/17/18.

Jackson Hole is a magnificent destination for travelers. However, if you only have a limited time to spend in the area, you’ll need to limit your activities to the best that the region has to offer. Here’s your ideal itinerary for a two-day stay in Jackson Hole.

Day One, Morning

Chances are you’ll be coming from the Jackson Hole Airport. Luckily, the city of Jackson is just an 11-minute drive to the south. To the north is Grand Teton National Park and to the east is the National Elk Refuge. If you plan on hitting up all of these destinations, consider booking a hotel near the Jackson Hole Airport, as it’s kind of in the middle of everything.

You’ll probably be starving after you check in, so head into town for a bite to eat. If you’re in the mood for a delicious meal, go to Persephone’s Bakery, which offers a number of healthy breakfast entrees. While you’re in town, you might as well peruse the shops and check out Jackson Town Square, which is a cute little park that features a unique archway crafted entirely of elk antlers.

Staying at hotels near Jackson Town Square is also a good idea, as you’ll be close to everything the city has to offer without needing to go for a drive.

Day One, Afternoon

By this time, you’ll probably be itching to get out in the wild, so make a trip over to the Granite Hot Springs. Here you can ease out the tension of your journey by relaxing in a naturally heated pool tucked away in the Gros Ventre Mountains.

Once you’ve refreshed yourself, you might as well stay outdoors by heading over to the National Elk Refuge. This large piece of land gives the Jackson Elk Herd a safe place to live. In the winter, you can take sleigh rides through the park for an even more relaxing journey.

If you’re ending your day here, consider booking hotels near the National Elk Refuge, as you’ll probably be tuckered out and won’t feel like driving back to town.

Day Two, Morning

For breakfast, get up early and check out Lotus in downtown Jackson, which is an eatery that prides itself on offering organic and healthy options for all diets. With your belly full, head on up to the Grand Teton National Park. Here you can partake in any number of activities, including fishing, hiking, biking, climbing, and more.

Day Two, Afternoon

Don’t tire yourself out too much, as your next stop will be the Grand Targhee Resort. Because it’s tuckered away from the main part of town, it’s a lot less crowded than the famous Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Spend the rest of your day skiing or snowboarding down the monstrous slopes, and then relax all night in your hotel room near the Grand Targhee Resort.

No matter what you decide to do in your short layover, make sure to choose Jackson Hole hotels near what you want to do. This will save on travel time and maximize the amount of fun you can have.






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