Driving to Jackson Hole is not just about the end destination but the journey along the way. With so many public lands neighboring the Tetons, from any direction, north, east, west, or south, there are national monuments, natural wonders, national parks, and wildlife to experience whether you begin in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah or South Dakota.
Cody WY, another entry point into Yellowstone is a popular destination that is an easy day trip from Jackson with its wild flair for western-style and entry point into the plains of Big Horn Basin.
From the east, many visitors head to Jackson after seeing the vertical monolith, Devil’s Tower in the Black Hills. On their way, stops can be made in Thermopolis to enjoy the many hot springs and in Dubois–home to the 140,000-square-foot National Museum of Military Vehicles.
From the west, Idaho Falls, Island Park, Sun Valley, West Yellowstone, and Bozeman are all within a few hours of Jackson, making it easy to go fishing on the world-famous Henry’s Fork river and make it in time for dinner in town.
From the South, the towns of Alpine and the many communities of Star Valley, are along one of Wyoming’s newest scenic byways, known now as the Star Valley Scenic Byway, an 80-mile stretch of U.S. 89 that runs in between the Salt River Range of Western Wyoming and Webster Range of Eastern Idaho.
With only three roads in and out of Jackson, most locals are happy to tell you about their favorite because they all lead to extraordinary beauty…