Family Travel to Jackson Hole and Yellowstone
Searching for the perfect spot to bring the family? Jackson Hole and Yellowstone provide the perfect opportunity to make everyone in the group happy — outdoor adventure activities galore, space to relax and rewind and spectacular views. Take advantage of the great outdoors and allow yourself to experience a truly amazing place. This itinerary is an excellent 7-day trip that gives your family a great overview of the region.
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The Ranch at Rock Creek
Experience pure Big Sky country at this upscale dude ranch in a gorgeous Montana valley.
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The Resort at Paws Up
A storied resort on 37,000 wild acres where your connection to Mother Nature is the real luxury.
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Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole
All the style and service you’d expect, plus knockout Rocky Mountain views.
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Day 1: Arrive in Jackson Hole
Located at the gateway to Wyoming’s Grand Teton and Montana’s Yellowstone National Parks, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole offers new heights of mountain luxury amidst the rugged wilderness of the American West. It's the little touches you'll remember most — warm ski boots brought to you before you hit the slopes, memorable fly fishing trips or the in-room massage after a day of hiking. This year round Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond luxury escape offers just about everything an active traveler could wish for — thrilling skiing, sleigh rides, hiking, fishing, mountain biking and spa treatments to keep you pampered for hours!
At day's end, gather with loved ones at the acclaimed Westbank Grill or venture into The Handle Bar, a slopeside pub from the Michael Mina team.
Dinner in Jackson Hole
Teton Thai is the perfect place for authentic Thai food in Jackson Hole, and a great spot to end your first night.
Day 2: Get a Lay of the Land
The 12-minute ride in a safe and private gondola cabin whisks you over 2,700 vertical feet above the valley floor. The ride provides sweeping views and a launch point for many adventures, including premier hiking trails, paragliding, via ferrata, yoga and dining options at three restaurants including The Deck with one of the best happy hours in the valley.
Dinner in Jackson Hole
Gather offers innovative American fare influenced with global tastes and local ingredients that can be enjoyed in a relaxed family-friendly yet stylish setting.
Day 3: Adventure in Jackson Hole
Adventure ropes course
The Aerial Adventure Course is a network of balance beams, cargo nets, wobbly bridges and other challenges — all suspended 25 feet above the ground. The course offers a range of features with varying levels of difficulty to allow you to stretch your limits, both physically and mentally, while harnessed up and safely on belay. No experience necessary, the Aerial Adventure Course is great for kids and adults alike. You will have an hour to get harnessed and have as many laps as you want in that time.
A half day tour with Teton Mountain Bike Tours is the perfect way to get out and experience the wildlife and scenery of one of the top cycling destinations in the world. The tour includes a mountain bike, helmet, free TMBT water bottle and your own personal TMBT bike guide!
Dinner at Il Villaggio Osteria
Il Villaggio Osteria is reminiscent of the comfortable, community-focused restaurants that pepper the Italian countryside.
Day 4: Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park’s diverse and vibrant ecosystem makes for a dream backyard playground. This six-hour adventure is designed with kids in mind. The tour features wildlife tracking and viewing, and immersive kid-friendly activities accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide.
Your guide from Teton Science School's Wildlife Expeditions will pick you up at your hotel for a full day family adventure in Grand Teton National Park. Dress in layers including a warm jacket, hat and mittens for the cool morning and lighter layers, sunglasses, sunhat and sunscreen for when the day warms up. Wearing comfortable shoes appropriate for light hiking is recommended. Coffee, tea, cocoa and a continental breakfast will be available in the vehicle. Snacks, drinks and a packed lunch are included as well as the services of your biologist guide, transportation, use of binoculars and spotting scopes. Don't forget your camera!
Dinner at Orsetto
Orsetto welcomes you to dine in its urban-casual setting and to enjoy an all-Italian wine list and favorites like richly flavored bolognese, veal chop marsala and homemade pasta.
Day 5: Big Sky
Head to your next destination
Known as “The Last Best Place,” The Resort at Paws Up may be just that. A pristine escape in the Rocky Mountains taking full advantage of Montana’s Big Sky countryside, this wilderness outpost offers something for all energy levels.
Explore the land on horseback, cast a fly for trout or simply indulge in spa treatments at Spa Town®. As for accommodations, you can choose from 28 luxurious vacation homes or you can experience upscale camping in one of 36 luxury tents with decadent furnishings, your own private bathroom and even the services of a camping butler. It is nature served on a silver platter.
Take a private trail ride
Time to cowboy up! From spectacular views of the legendary Blackfoot River and Jones Pond to sprawling meadows and endless conifer forests waiting to be explored, Paws Up features scenic equestrian experiences you won't get on any other Montana dude ranch horseback riding vacation. Whether you’re an experienced rider or you’ve never been horseback, you’ll lay eyes on historical and breathtaking sights during your unforgettable riding excursion.
Day 6: Active adventures
Actions speak louder than words — something that will become immediately apparent once you step into the ring with our wrangler and one of our ranch horses. This introductory session is designed to build mutual trust and respect between horse and human. Raise your hand too quickly or step forward too soon, and the horse will react or possibly even withdraw. You’ll become more aware and familiar with your own body language allowing you the opportunity to learn how to adjust your demeanor to better interact with the horse. As you become more familiar with the horse, you’ll find that the rhythm between the both of you is deeply satisfying.
Take a tour through our Montana archery range featuring 3D targets of native animals that you can hunt in Montana. Guests shoot compound bows and guides get you sighted-in prior to going out on the course which consists of 10 different stations set in the woods along with two elevated platforms to simulate a tree stand. Test your skills as a hunter or challenge your family to see who is the better shot. This is a two-hour activity for ages six and up.
If you talk with your hands, then help them say something spectacular. Craft yourself a customized ring that speaks volumes about your personality. Join Peggy Wen, painter and jewelry designer, for this fun-filled workshop where you’ll choose from a wide variety of intriguing beads and eye-catching gems to create one of a kind, wire-wrapped art. Leave with a statement piece that fits and flaunts your style. All ages are welcomed and no experience is necessary.
Day 7: Skyline Aerial Adventure
Neatly tucked in the middle of the forest at The Resort at Paws Up, you’ll discover a new challenge for both mind and body — the Sky Line Aerial Adventure Park. The aerial rope courses in the park will push the boundaries of your comfort zone. On the Canopy Tour, you’ll guide yourself through 10 separate platforms complete with rickety bridges, spider nets, swinging platforms, tight ropes and a heart-pounding 40-foot free fall. For experienced climbers, the Challenge Course features spine tingling elements that are more difficult and higher off the ground, including a quick drop that’s about 55 feet up in the air. You may think you’re nimble. You may tell yourself you have laser-like focus. You’ll only know for sure if you put yourself out there. The experience will leave you with a little more confidence or a little more humility. Either way, we’re sure you’ll get the hang of it and soon be coming back for more!
Need to Know
If you have more time, we highly recommend spending a few extra days at the Ranch at Rock Creek which offers a true west experience on 6,600 acres under the Montana sky. Outdoor adventures are available for the whole family with horseback rides, wildlife exploration, fly-fishing and more.
For more National Parks tips, check out Cheryl Cannon's guide, Adventure & Hiking in Utah's Zion National Park.
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