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The best way to see Jackson Hole in two days is to spend one day in Jackson and the second in Grand Teton National Park. If you don’t mind switching hotels, go for a night in downtown Jackson. Spend the second night at some sort of lodge in Grand Teton or you can opt for the Four-Star Amangani, which is located just inside the southern boundary of the national park. If you’re visiting during ski season, maybe spend the first night in Jackson and the second in Teton Village, where the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is. We suggest the Five-Star Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole at the base of the ski resort.
Day 1: Start with a leisurely breakfast at the Alpine House Inn. You’ll want to fuel up fully to prepare for wandering around Jackson’s historic downtown. When you need a break from shopping and perusing the numerous art galleries, lunch is at Betty Rock Café. After lunch, make for the National Museum of Wildlife Art, which has a permanent collection of over 4,000 pieces of western and wildlife art from artists from Audubon to Picasso.
For an afternoon dose of culture, head to the Million Dollar Cowboy Saloon, where the bar stools are topped with saddles and real cowboys mingle with dudes. After a local brew, you’re headed to Rendezvous Bistro, a couple of miles south of town for some chichi American comfort food, for dinner.
Day 2: Because you’re headed into Grand Teton National Park today, grab a quick breakfast at the locals’ favorite Pearl Street Bagels in downtown Jackson before heading north. En route to the park, take a short detour to Kelly. Your mission is to spot bison. After you’ve seen a few members of the country’s largest herd of free roaming buffalo, head for the southern entrance to Grand Teton National Park. Make sure to stop at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center. If it’s summer, see if there’s a scenic float trip down the Snake River that has room for you. During the snowy winter, ask the staff at the visitor center if there’s a free ranger-led snowshoe tour heading out.
Keep heading further into the park, your end destination is Jackson Lake Lodge for dinner in its Mural Room, which serves regional specialties in an elegant setting with massive picture windows looking out on Jackson Lake and Mount Moran, the highest of the park’s northern peaks.