We only had one day to spend in the park and we sure filled it! We spent what felt like several hours driving along the various roads through a 310,000-acre natural wonderland. Often times we would get out of our minivan to stop and snap a photo or two. From the many rushing rivers and streams to buffalo and moose spotting to wide-open fields with the Tetons in the distance, we ended up stopping quite a bit!
My favorite place where we parked the car was at the edge of a row of Mormon Homestead buildings settled over a hundred years ago. Visitors were able to walk right up to the historic homes and barns for a glimpse of what it looked like to live under the Tetons all those years ago.
Another activity that I can’t recommend enough is to go for a boat tour on Jackson Lake. The views from our vessel were seriously out of this world and I think my jaw was probably dropped the entire time. Look for more details on this excursion in my follow up Grand Teton post.
More western-inspired fashion for ya! Paired a fun take on a denim jacket over a light linen dress with booties for an early summer stylish look.
Picnic at Healthy Being Juicery
Talking about food again! Our travel group was treated to the healthiest of breakfasts (probably the most nutritious of which I’ve ever had) at Healthy Being Juicery & Cafe. With an assortment of colorful fresh pressed juices, acai bowls, avocado toast, fresh fruit & more – we kicked off our day with oodles of energy and were ready to explore more of Jackson.
Have to talk about my travel companions for a bit! As a travel blogger, I get invited on occasional press trips where I will go solo and experience a new destination with new people. It makes for the most amazing opportunities to connect with new friends from all over! Cecilie (in the center) was our lovely host from the Jackson Chamber and to the right of me was Robin, a travel writer based out of Florida. And across from me are Jake & Kelsey Bang, a husband and wife blogger duo based out of Utah. This group made my time in Jackson all the more fun!
Shop along the Square
What’s a getaway without a little shopping, right?! Jackson is chockful of jewelry, clothes, western-apparel, boho beads, embroidered hats and home goods that you most certainly will convince yourself you need. Our group itself left town with at least three new Pendleton blankets in tow, believe it or not!
A few stores we visited and fell in love with are Jackson Mercantile, Pendleton, MADE, Jackson Hole Toy Store, & Mountain Dandy. Snaps of the shops are below.
Stomp Your Foot & Stuff Your Face to Songs at Bar J Chuckwagon Dinner
If you’re visiting Jackson between Memorial Day and the last weekend of September, you absolutely positively have to have dinner one night at the Bar J Chuckwagon. It’s the closest thing you’ll ever come to literally being transported into an episode of West World. Don’t worry, no scary robots here!
While you’re dining on your traditional cowboy style dinner (red beans and a baked potato paired with the juiciest steak imaginable) you’ll be serenaded by the Bar J Wranglers. This dinner and a show experience is like time traveling to the bygone days of the cowboy culture we see on the silver screen. It was a magical (and delicious) evening that I can’t recommend enough.
Yell “Yeehaw” at the Jackson Rodeo!
Last but not least, don’t leave Jackson without spending an evening at the rodeo. The Texas girl in me felt riiiiight at home during our evening at the Jackson Rodeo. We snacked on BBQ burgers with frito pie under the arena’s twinkling lights. The Jackson Rodeo hosts bull riding, cattle wrangling, barrel racing and more throughout the summer season. You can find the schedule here
I felt like I included so much in this post but there is even more to see, do and eat in Jackson Hole. Be on the lookout for my upcoming posts on the Grand Tetons and attending the Old West Days festival too. Way too many pictures, tips, and recommendations for one whole post you guys! But in the meantime, I’ve rounded up a list of everything recommended above with a few additions too below.
Where to Stay:
The Wort Hotel
Where to Eat:
FIGS at Hotel Jackson
Healthy Being Juicery & Cafe
Million Dollar Cowboy Bar
Bar J Chuckwagon
What to Do:
Grand Teton National Park
Jackson Lake Boat Cruise
Old West Days Festival
Jackson Hole Aerial Tram
Bar J Chuckwagon Dinner Show
Wildlife Art National Museum
Ski & Snowboard
Where to Shop:
Jackson Hole Toy Store
Happy trails to you if you’re off to Jackson Hole sometime soon. If there is room in your suitcase, please feel free to pack my along! Ha, only joking. But …. seriously. And big big thank you to Wyoming Tourism and the Jackson Chamber for bringing me out to experience this gem of the West this past summer. It was everything I imagined and more!
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