Last summer Drew needed to go to Jackson Hole for work and convinced me to come along and bring the kids. Normally it doesn't take any convincing to get me to want to go on a trip, but school was Just let out for the summer, its a 10 hour drive with three kids, Drew was going to be working most the time etc. etc. But he talked me into it (it wasn't that hard) and I'm SO glad he did. It ended up being an unforgettable trip.
While we were there Drew would work during the day and then at night we would go explore/find somewhere to eat outside. And there were SO many places to eat outside! And they were all super kid friendly. While Drew was working, the kids and I found different parks/creeks to wade in. I even met some local moms the first day who were really nice and showed me all the great local spots. Everyone in Jackson Hole was really friendly, So much friendlier than here! I wonder why that is? All that natural beauty and fresh air must make you just love life.
Some MUST Do's if you visit Jackson Hole
*Jenny Lake; we stopped here for lunch and a swim. I wish we could have spent an entire day (at least!) here. The water was much warmer than other lakes around because it's more shallow. The views were absolutely incredible.
*Q Roadhouse and Brewing Company; An amazing restaurant that shares a field with an Italian restaurant that the keep stocked with balls/toys for the kids. Get a table outside on the lawn and let the kids play and burn energy while you wait for your dinner! Pure genius. We enjoyed the experience so much we went back the next night to try the Italian place, but it was packed and an hour wait to get a seat outside, and our kids did Not have that in them
Drive through Grand Teton National Park.
Make sure you check out Granite Hot Springs, if you go in the winter they have dog sleds that take you there!! Its kind of a drive from Jackson Hole ( i think about 75 minutes?) and its on a bumpy road, but SO worth it! I was thinking it would be too hot for Soren and Drew and I would take turns sitting out with him (and he was too young to even wear sun screen at the time at just under 3 months) but the water felt like a warm bath so I ended up bringing him into the pool in his cloth diaper and onesie for 10-15 minutes. He Loved it also.
Visit Dornans while driving through the park. They have some shops, gas, and some restaurants, we had the most AMAZING pizza there, with the best view of the Tetons. Afterwards you can walk along the river before getting back in the car.
I'm sure there is more but these are the things that after almost a year stick out about our visit! Anyone else have any must do Jackson Hole tips?
Granite Hot Springs
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