NEW KDHamptons Travel Diary: Wild About Wyoming
One of my favorite fall destinations to visit is Jackson Hole, perched in a high mountain valley in northwest Wyoming, and nearly 7,000 feet above sea level. The postcard perfect landscape of rolling meadows and grazing land is surrounded by spectacular mountain ranges. Teton Pass divides the Snake River Range from the snow-capped Tetons. The Teton Range, dominated by the 13,770-foot Grand Teton, is the youngest formation in the soaring Rocky Mountains and boasts so of the most beautiful hiking trails in the world.
The charming cowboy town of Jackson, Grand Teton National Park, and Yellowstone National Park are all an easy, picturesque drive away. Spend the day exploring Yellowstone National Park which was an incredible spectacle of colors, terrain, wildlife, waterfalls, geysers and unforgettable imagery. For Hamptons nature lovers, this is a destination that can’t be missed!
The priceless view from the swing halfway up the Wildflower Trail which begins at the base of Teton Village. This is one of my favorite hikes to do from Teton Village. Our top three favorite trails are Cascade Canyon, Paintbrush Canyon trail, and the Death Canyon Trail.
The bucolic town of Jackson is fun to walk around and explore. Each block offers galleries, amazing restaurants like the Snake River Grill, bakeries, shops to buy boots, hats, furs, and antler archways that frame the town square.
Where to stay: My favorite hotels in Jackson Hole are the Amangani (above, below) which is just outside of downtown Jackson and so luxurious and romantic. Hotel Jackson is a really slick, newer boutique hotel situated right down town, and the Teton Mountain Resort & Spa is located about twenty minutes from Jackson in Teton Village at the base of the mountain. Staying in Teton Village is really quaint and you can walk everywhere.
In the evenings, head over to downtown Jackson for some fun with the friendly locals. On most nights, the legendary Cowboy Bar, is packed with rowdy cowboys & ranchers in requisite Wranglers and hats, this scene is the real deal. After a couple of Dark & Stormy’s, get ready to two step, because cowboys love to ask visiting city girls to dance.