Jackson transforms from a popular ski town during the winter into a mecca for travelers here to admire and participate in boundless summer beauty and activities. Meanwhile, in the spring and fall seasons, the town slows down as only the 6,000 or so year-round residents remain (and many of them may leave during this time as well) and many of the hotels and restaurants close for the season. Each of the seasons have their pluses and minuses depending on the visitor’s expectations and desires, but it pays to know what time of year is best for what activity, especially in Jackson’s unique high-altitude environment.
Jackson, Wyoming is a very popular tourist town bringing in tourists from all over the country. Throughout the town elk antler arches are a big attraction that tourists enjoy. A few of the places nearby to visit include:
- Grand Teton National Park: A national park that includes the Teton Mountain Range, this National park is roughly 310,000 acres. The park brings in more than two million recreational tourists each year. The Grand Teton National Park is roughly 5 miles away from Jackson.
- Yellowstone National Park: Yellowstone extends through Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. This Park was the first national park in the country, and brings in roughly four million visitors each year.This park is less than 60 miles away from Jackson.
- National Elk Refuge: The refuge was created to shelter the largest elk herd in the countries and borders the town of Jackson. Throughout the winter visitors can go on horse-drawn sleigh rides to view the herd.
- Jackson Hole Mountain Resort: The resort opened in 1966, 12 miles north of Jackson. It has abundant steep terrain and has one of the highest vertical drops in North America, at 4,139 feet (1,262 m).
- Snow King Mountain Resort: The first ski resort in Jackson and is significantly cheaper than Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Even though Snow King is cheaper it is still quite a challenging hill. This resort is located on the Southeast edge of town.
- Grand Targhee Resort: About an hour away, 42 miles, on the west side of the Teton Range in Alta, opened in 1969, it is accessed through Idaho over Teton Pass.
- National Museum of Wildlife Art: Overlooking the National Elk Refuge is the National Museum of Wildlife Art, this museum shows and preserves many wildlife artworks. Along with pieces inside of the museum, there is a ¾ mile trail with many sculptures along it.
- Grand Teton Music Festival: This is a seven-week classical music festival held every summer in the town of Jackson.
- Center for the Arts: The center was founded in 1991 to help support an artist culture within the town.