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Yellowstone National Park
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Located primarily in Wyoming, though parts of it extend into Montana and Idaho, Yellowstone is considered the first National Park in the world. Established by an act of Congress and then President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872, Yellowstone is famous for its wildlife and geothermal activity—most notably, the geyser known as 'Old Faithful.' Note: bison hurt more people in the park than bears do, so make sure to keep a safe and respectful distance from all wildlife. With approximately 3,468.4 square miles of lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges, plus one of the largest high-altitude lakes in North America (Yellowstone Lake) and the largest supervolcano on the continent (Yellowstone Caldera), exploring this national gem should be a must-do on everyone’s life list.

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Grand Teton National Park
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A park that was actually established twice (the original 1929 park was formed to protect the mountain peaks and the lakes near the base; much of the adjacent valley floor was included in the boundaries established in 1950), Grand Teton Park encompasses approximately 310,000 acres of land including all 40 miles of the Teton Range and sections of the Jackson Hole Valley.

Located only 10 miles south of Yellowstone National Park (it takes a little more than an hour to travel through the park from the southern boundary to Yellowstone, not including stops), Grand Teton National Park is a lesser-known but no-less spectacular neighbor to Yellowstone. Visitors to Grand Teton National Park can enjoy a myriad of activities including fishing, hiking, camping, climbing, boating on Jenny Lake, rafting the Snake River, or viewing wildlife like moose, elk, bald eagles, gray wolves, bison and black and grizzly bears.

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National Elk Refuge
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Part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, the National Elk Refuge is more than just a winter habitat for Jackson Elk Herd—it’s a habitat for many different species of endangered animals and big game. The Refuge has been part of the Jackson scenery for more than 100 years, created after conflict between the elk and humans significantly depleted the elk population. Today the refuge consists of approximately 25,000 acres dedicated to elk winter range. The elk stay on the refuge for approximately six months each winter and guests have the opportunity to learn more about the herd through interactive displays and educational programs. Get up close views of the herd during a winter sleigh ride or utilize one of the several wildlife viewing areas on the refuge.

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Snake River
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Stretching 1,080 miles (1,735 kilometers) from Yellowstone National Park to the Oregon border, the Snake River is one of North America’s longest rivers. It serves an important role in the ecosystem as a home for tons of wildlife, including wild salmon, and is also a top location for water recreation like rafting, fishing, and kayaking.
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National Museum of Wildlife Art
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Nestled into the cliffs as if it simply grew there, the National Museum of Wildlife Art is 51,000 square feet of space dedicated to wildlife art. With works dating from 2500 BC to the present, the collection chronicles the history of wildlife through art. As photography is a relatively new invention, this art collection allows us to get a glimpse of wildlife—and life—in a bygone era. Though there is a definite focus on American and European art, the collection includes pieces from around the world, including New Zealand and Africa.

The National Museum of Wildlife Art by the numbers:

14 galleries; 5,000 items of art in various mediums including oil, bronze, stone, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, pastel, pencil, lithography, photography and charcoal; works by more than 550 artists ranging from early American Tribes to contemporary masters; a new .75 mile (1.2 km) sculpture trail by artist Walter Hood and has more than 80,000 visitors per year

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Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Known for its "steep and deep" terrain (Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is home to some of the most advanced in-bounds terrain in the country) and annual snowfalls averaging 450 inches per winter, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a powder hound’s mecca. But what you might not know is that Jackson Hole has some amazing beginner and intermediate terrain: almost 50% of the resort’s terrain is for less-than-expert skiers. Located in Teton Village, about 12 miles from the town of Jackson, the Mountain Resort is lively year-round with avid skiers and snowboarders in the winter and hikers and bikers in the summer. Of course, the world-famous Jackson Hole Aerial Tram runs year-round and is a fabulous way to take in the expansive views of the Grand Teton National Park, the Snake River Valley and the Gros Venture Range.
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Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum
For a taste of the Old West in Jackson, visit the Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum. Founded by a collector and entrepreneur more than 50 years ago, the Museum’s exhibits breath life into the early days of Jackson Hole, Grand Teton and the Yellowstone region with exhibits about homesteading and an outstanding collection of American Indian artifacts. For those truly interested in digging through the history of Jackson Hole, the Research Library houses more than 16,000 images, 10,000 documents, 400 oral histories, an extensive Western history magazine collection, local newspaper microfilm and thousands of books, films and videos about the West and region.
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Jackson Town Square (George Washington Memorial Park)

The heart of the town of Jackson, WY, Jackson Town Square (which is technically named George Washington Memorial Park) epitomizes the town of Jackson itself. A blend of 19th century log cabins next to modern western architecture, high-end boutiques next to western supply stores, it displays the unique blend of the people that call it home. The bulk of Jackson’s shops, restaurants and bars are located around Town Square, making it a shopper’s delight. Part of Hollywood history (it was the setting for the climactic fight scene between Clint Eastwood and Tank Murdock in the film "Any Which Way But Loose"), Jackson Town Square is also home to the often photographed antler arches. Curved over the four corners of the Town Square, these arches are created from antlers that elk shed annual and contain about 10,000 pounds (about 4536 kilograms) of antlers.

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Jackson Hole Aerial Tram
Since 1966, the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram has been whisking guests and locals of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort 4,139 vertical feet (1,262 meters) in 15 minutes to an altitude of 10,450 feet (3,185 meters) at the top of Rendezvous Mountain. A ride up for the views or a bite to eat at Corbet’s Cabin has become a quintessential Jackson Hole experience.
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Grand Targhee Ski Resort
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Nestled on the west side of the famous Teton Range, the Grand Targhee Ski Resort is arguably one of the most popular yet tranquil resorts in the country. The resort’s name is a direct reference to both the 13,000 feet high Grand Teton Summit and to Chief Targhee, which was the great head chief of the Bannock people who lived in the region in the 1860s.
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