Jackson, Wyo., located in the Jackson Hole valley, is the gateway to both Grand Teton and the Yellowstone National Park. Jackson and its environments are teeming with stunning, natural beauty. Majestic, snow-capped mountains, which tower over glacier-carved valleys, surround Jackson. Budget-friendly and quality resorts, lodges, inns, and hotels situate themselves for exploring all the natural wonders of the region. Steeped in history, the town pays tribute to its Old West traditions, including stagecoach rides and shootout reenactments in the historical Jackson Town Square.
Despite having a population of less than 10,000 people, Jackson still attracts thousands of visitors each year, who come to experience abundant outdoor options in the Jackson Hole valley, the Grand Teton, and Yellowstone National Park. Fishing or kayaking on the Snake River entice visitors, as well as a leisurely round of golf at one of the area's many courses. Winter enthusiasts come to ski the area's world-class slopes and visit the nearby National Elk Refuge. Thousands of elks call it home each winter. It is also where one can take sleigh rides among the herds.
Upscale and Upcountry
If looking for a rustic albeit chic experience, look no further than the White Buffalo Club. It tucks into the mountains, yet is a mere three blocks from famous Jackson Town Square. The dazzling White Buffalo Club not only features a fitness and wellness center but offers free ski shuttles to cut travel time significantly to the slopes. Its suites are replete with elegant mountain-modern furnishings, while its condominium-style Miller Park suites have a SoHo loft feel with private bedroom, full kitchen, and adjoining rooms. The hotel also features a modern American steakhouse with one of Jackson's most extensive wine cellars.
Affordable yet Alluring
Jackson has many affordable hotel options where you won't have to sacrifice any of the amenities or rustic charm found at the more upscale resorts. The Ranch Inn within Jackson is the closest hotel to historic Jackson Town Square, whose restaurants, shops, and art galleries are at its doorstop. Its cozy suites feature wood-burning fireplaces, kitchens or kitchenettes, private balconies with mountain views, and wireless Internet access. Budget-minded travelers will appreciate its standard and luxury rooms that feature one king or two queen beds, air-conditioning, and large-screen televisions. Its newest and largest rooms, located in the hotel's tower, also have commanding mountains views.
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Dale Myers is a world traveler and travel writer from Ventura, CA. In his free time he surfs while planning his next adventure.