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National Museum of Wildlife Art
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Situated just outside the entrance to Grand Teton National Park, the National Museum of Wildlife Art features a huge collection of paintings, photography, and sculptures of wild animals from artists around the world. The highlight is the museum’s Sculpture Trail, a paved path that winds up the hillside overlooking the National Elk Refuge and is dotted with life-size sculptures of elk, buffalo, bighorn sheep, and more.

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Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Best known for its steep slopes and gorgeous views, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort boasts one of the largest vertical drops in US skiing. Notorious for its extreme ungroomed terrain, the mountain also features fantastic beginner and intermediate terrain. During summer months, the resort turns into an outdoor adventurer’s playground with mountain bike trails, scenic tram rides, and an exhilarating via ferrata course.

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Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum

Explore Jackson's fascinating Wild West-era history with a visit to the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum. Exhibits feature stories from Jackson’s early homesteading and ranching days to the development of tourism and mountaineering in Grand Teton National Park. The museum also features a large collection of Native American artifacts and moose, elk, and deer mounts.

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Jackson Town Square (George Washington Memorial Park)

Bordered by four giant elk antler arches, Jackson’s Town Square is the picture-perfect centerpiece for this wild western town. The majority of Jackson’s restaurants, boutiques, and outdoor gear shops are centered around Town Square and the park itself features a nightly “shootout” during the summer months and a monument dedicated to John Colter, one of the region’s most famous mountain explorers.

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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

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.

The resort consists of two mountains: Fred Mountain and Peaked Mountain, totaling 2,400 acres. The former features 1500 acres and 2200 vertical feet of ground, accessible via four different chairlifts. The latter is fully equipped with a high-speed quad, giving open access to 602 acres of snowcat skiing and tree skiing. Combined, the two mountains receive over 500 inches of snow annually, making Grand Targhee Ski Resort a veritable heaven on Earth for winter sports aficionados. Those who would rather not ski can opt for one of the many other activities available onsite, like tubing, snowshoeing, sleigh ride dinners and numerous spa services. The hotel has several different types of rooms on offer, from simple suites to accommodating townhomes.

The resort is also accessible in the summertime, for some of the most striking hiking trails in the United States.

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Castle Geyser

In 1870, when members of the Washburn Expedition happened upon this Yellowstone geyser, they noted that the shape and structure of the crater resembled a castle’s tower. Since then, much of that stoic tower has gradually dissolved and eroded, although a 90‐foot-high (27-meter-high) column of boiling water still erupts with regular frequency.

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