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Jackson Hole Travel Guide
Get Your Bearings in Jackson HoleWhere to Stay
A number of budget options are located west of downtown, including chain hotels like Days Inn and Super 8. A number of ski resorts, like Jackson Hole Resort Lodging, are located in Teton Village and have connected restaurants, villas and luxury services such as massages all available a short distance from the slopes. Several of dude ranches in the area are popular for those who want a taste of the outdoors, where visitors can go horseback riding and river rafting.
Caution: Prices get a significant markup during high season, so plan in advance for the best deals.
What to Eat
Jackson Hole has a number of dining options that run the gamut of cuisines. Several cafes, like Shades Cafe and Betty Rock Cafe, serve up hearty breakfasts and coffee. Cafe Ponza is one of very few late night options and specializes in New York-style pizza, staying open till the bars close.
Avoid: A number of restaurants specialize in wild game, but it's often served in mediocre Italian dishes.
Things to See
The area's main attraction is the natural beauty of the country. A number of dude ranches around the city specialize in allowing visitors to experience this landscape. Skiing is another popular activity, and a number of resorts in the area cater to this. The Snake River is a popular destination for rafting, and several operators offer packages complete with guides and meals.
Hot Tips: A number of ski resorts have special programs for kids.
Places to Party
A large amount of cowboy-themed bars like the Silver Dollar Bar & Grill and the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar feature live music and Western-style dancing at night. Beer drinkers can try out the Snake River Brew Pub for microbrews and pub food. Fans of the arts can head to the Off Square Theatre Company, which puts on plays, dramas and comedies year-round.
Hot Tips: The Grand Teton Music Festival in the summer features music from musicians and orchestras.
Where to Shop
A number of name-brand outlet malls sell clothes and fashion accessories with sizable discounts. But the city is particularly known for its outdoor gear and clothing, sold in stores like Teton Mountaineering and Moosely Seconds. Many shops also sell Western clothing and artwork, including antiques, belt buckles and beads.
Best Local Souvenir: The area is also known for its numerous galleries specializing in wildlife and Western art.
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About Jackson Hole
Located in a picturesque valley in western Wyoming and surrounded by spectacular mountain ranges, Jackson Hole has been called "the last and best of the Old West." The town of Jackson (at the end of Jackson Hole) features a charming square complete with western boardwalks and elkhorn arches, plus a number of designer shops, cafés, restaurants, and art galleries. This frontier-town-turned-ski-resort has over two thousand hotel rooms to accommodate the droves of tourists that filter in throughout the year. With Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park nearby, visitors can enjoy terrific fishing, hiking, camping, rafting, climbing and, of course, skiing. Resorts such as Snow King and Grand Targhee offer some of the best skiing anywhere. Jackson Hole also puts on several great festivals, including the self titled Jackson Hole Music Festival and Fall Arts Festival.