Jackson is a small outdoorsy city in the Jackson Hole valley of Teton County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 9,577 in 2010, up from 8,647 in 2000. It is the county seat of Teton County and is its largest town.
Jackson is a secluded mountain town with not only breath-taking scenery to offer but also fun places to eat and shop. They keep the western cowboy culture but also have popular restaurants and cute boutiques. You’ll see everything from a policeman on a horse, to a giant archway of elk antlers to artistic trendy murals. Jackson is a fun place for all ages and there is so much to do!
Top 3 Summer Activities to Do in Jackson Wyoming
Snow King Hike– About a 2-mile trail round trip that ascends about 1,600 vertical feet from the main base area to the summit. Took us about 45 minutes to make it to the top. It was a perfect way to watch the sunrise and start the day before hitting up the bakery.
The main hiking trail up Snow King, is a popular spot for locals and tourists all summer long. It starts at the parking lot on Snow King Avenue, just east of that street’s intersection with Cache Avenue. The ski lift all the way to the mountain’s top leaves from the same spot. If you’re not interested in hiking up, you can take the lift both ways.
Biking – There are a ton of biking trails and pathways in Jackson. I am not quite into the mountain biking scene unfortunately but more so enjoy biking around town. There are tons of places to rent bikes in Jackson Hole. Below is a map with multiple route options, guided tours and maps.
Rafting Tour – The 3-hour Dave Hansens’ scenic tour down the Snake River was perfect since we had planned hikes before and after. I loved being on the water and seeing the scenery from a different viewpoint. We saw birds including eagles, western tanagers, mergansers, mallards, pelicans, red-tailed hawks, magpies and geese. As for mammals, there were tons or marmots and beaver huts. Our guide was super friendly and full of knowledge about the area.
Other Things to Do In Jackson Hole: Horseback Riding, Horse and Buggy Ride, Paragliding, Fly Fish, Golf, Paraglide
Best Restaurants in Jackson Wyoming
Persephone Bakery– MUST STOP HERE. I would seriously drive 8 hours again to go to this bakery. Their croissants, rice krispies and hot chocolate are to die for. The bakery creates artisanal breads and pastries using the highest quality ingredients and traditional processes. By employing old world fermentation techniques and baking with the heavy heat of a stone hearth, Persephone is able to produce rustic yet elegant breads and pastries with great depth of flavor. I was also able to work from my computer out on the patio. By far my favorite place in Jackson.
The Bunnery – great casual dining spot for brunch and also has a great bakery (I’d recommend going for a pastry). OSM breads were delicious and they have house made Bloody Mary’s!
Gather– Loved the environment and had great appetizers along with a Wyoming beef burger. Many of the dishes are American inspired but we really enjoyed the Asian dishes. Salmon poke, pork buns and bone marrow fried rice were all amazing.
Picas– Great prices and Mexican food. I’m a sucker for shrimp tacos and loved the bean dip. Very laid back and relaxed environment. Felt like more of a locals go to restaurant.
Cowboy Coffee– Western and cowboy themed inside, it really made me feel like I was in Wyoming. My oat milk latte was delicious and it was right down the street from some beautiful murals.
Hatch– modern Mexican food and great margs! Loved their little outdoor patio and happy hour from 4-5pm with fun drink and appetizer options.
The Kitchen– Definitely a fancier night out. The cuisine at The Kitchen embraces Asian influence and ingredients including the freshest fish, meats and seasonal vegetables. The presentation is clean, simple, natural and uncomplicated. The beautiful and elegant architecture of the building mirrors the contemporary concepts in the food. Was recommended to us by a local as their date night spot, which was right on.
Healthy Being Juice– This
Happy Hours in Jackson Hole:
Cute Places to Take Photos in Jackson Wyoming
- Say Cheese, You Are An Animal Murals by Abby Paffrath Behind Lee’s Tees
- Under the Elk Antler Arches in Town Square
- Million Dollar Cowboy Bar
- Snow King Chair Lift
- Aerial Tram and On Top of Rendezvous Peak
Best Grocery Stores and Shopping in Jackson Hole:
MADE- loved how everything was locally made. It had great gifts, home décor and jewelry.