For skiers and nature enthusiasts alike, there are very few places that compare to Jackson Hole. The low-lying valley, located near Wyoming’s western border and surrounded by the Teton Mountain Range, is the gateway to some of the nation’s most spectacular national parks, including Grand Teton, Yellowstone and the National Elk Reserve. The easily available hiking, biking, river rafting, camping and skiing attracts visitors here year-round.
Many visitors to Jackson Hole opt to stay in Jackson, which is the largest town in the area and has a wide range of restaurants, shops, bars and day spas. Rusty Parrot Lodge is a luxe, romantic option in Jackson, within walking distance of the town’s center. The property embraces a rustic-chic decor, including in the super spacious, bright rooms, many of which come with fireplaces. The Lexington at Jackson Hole is a more affordable option in the area, with free perks such as an airport and ski shuttle and homemade cookies in the afternoons.
Though Teton Village offers far fewer restaurants and bars, it is located at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort so guests in the area can wake up, strap on their ski boots and be on the slopes within minutes. Just a short walk from the slopes, Hotel Terra is a trendy, eco-friendly ski lodge that offers a nice break from the often-standard mountain-lodge decor found in other area hotels. The lobby has the characteristic fireplaces and antler-adorned walls, but they’re complemented by pops of color and modern furniture. Nearby Snake River Lodge‘s multi-room condos with kitchenettes are convenient for families, and the indoor/outdoor pool and whirlpool — open year-round — is another family-friendly perk.