A Spectacular 4 Day Jackson Hole Itinerary in September
Our trip to Jackson Hole was such a pleasant to surprise. We were gifted the trip from Chick-fil-A after competing in their yearly Operator Sales Contest. (If you’re new here, my husband is a Chick-fil-A Owner/Operator). We would be visiting Jackson Hole in late September–this meant cooler temps and fewer crowds! Since I spent so much time planning for London, I didn’t plan a lot for us in Jackson Hole, but I did plan an activity each day in this 4 day Jackson Hole itinerary. While I wanted this trip to be relaxing, I also wanted to take advantage of the scenery and wildlife.
Keep reading to discover all the things we did and why visiting Jackson Hole in September is the best…
Jackson Hole in September Travel Guide
4 Day Jackson Hole Itinerary
We were in Wyoming a total of 6 days, but I chose not to include the travel days in this itinerary. If you’re traveling to Jackson Hole from the east coast, you’ll likely have a full day of travel.
Day One: Grand Teton National Park
If you’re traveling to the Tetons from a place of a lower altitude like Florida, take the advice others tried give me and wait 2-3 days before hiking. I didn’t think the altitude would really affect me, but I had a headache for 3 days. It was also hard to sleep and it can be hard to catch your breath.
Please also know, we didn’t do that much hiking. I did some quick research and knew I wanted to go to Jenny Lake. Jenny Lake Boating offers one way transportation or round trip across the lake, so you only have to hike 1/2 a mile to see Hidden Falls. If you were to do one-way, the hike is about 2.5 miles back. They only provide services between May 15th to September 30th, which is why we opted to visit Grand Teton National Park on our first full day.
After visiting Jenny Lake, we drove around to some other sites including Mormon Row, Mt Moran, and other lookout areas. We spent about 3 hours in the park before heading back to our resort. You could easily spend a full day in the Tetons. There are numerous hikes and of course, plenty of wildlife to see.
Day Two: Yellowstone National Park
On our second day, we booked a tour with Yellowstone Day Tours. It’s a FULL day tour and they provide hotel pickup from most hotels in Jackson Hole and Teton Village. They also provided breakfast and lunch for us.
Doing a day tour to Yellowstone was such a great thing for us for many reasons. For one, we didn’t rent a car. We also knew very little about Yellowstone and it was great to have a tour guide to offer history and drive us around the lower loop. If you’re interested in learning more about the park and its wildlife, I highly recommend scheduling one of their tours. They provide an informative and engaging experience.
We were able to see Old Faithful, Artist Point, geyser basins, and more! We also saw a TON of Bison, some prong-horned deer, and moose.
Day Three: Aerial Tram in Teton Village
On day three, we slept in a little bit and then walked to the arial tram in Teton Village. The aerial tram takes you to the top of Rendezvous Mountain where not only can you see some spectacular views, but you can eat waffles! An aerial tram holds up to 100 people and it’s about a 12 minute ride–though it definitely didn’t feel like it. You can also paraglide or hike from the top of the mountain.
I’m also not one to eat waffles, but opted to try some that included peanut butter and bacon–I loved it. John had classic waffles and he was a big fan, too.
Chick-fil-A had activities planned for us that afternoon, so we didn’t plan anything else for day three.
Check out some of our favorite places to eat in the area.
Day Four: Jackson Square
Jackson Square is probably the cutest little downtown area I’ve ever seen. It’s filled with plenty of shops and restaurants to enjoy. We ate lunch at Teton Hand Fire Pizza, which use to be an old movie theatre. It was really great and a great change from bison burgers. I also grabbed a fabulous latte from Cowboy Coffee. During our day trip, we had discovered that huckleberry flavored anything is really popular in Wyoming, so we bought some goodies back home.
Jackson Square also has 4 beautiful arches that were built using the antlers from elk. Don’t worry, the antlers actually fall off the male elk every winter. After a few hours in Jackson Square, we went back to our resort to enjoy some football and begin the task of packing everything for our return home.
4 Day Jackson Hole Itinerary: Conclusion
Visiting Jackson Hole in September was truly a magical experience. It was definitely a change of scenery from our typical Florida landscapes and we thoroughly enjoyed our time. We are so blessed to be a part of Chick-fil-A and love that they do trips like this for us.
I hope this 4 day Jackson Hole itinerary helps you as you plan your trip out west. Even if you just decide to take in the views and watch the wildlife, it’s an unforgettable experience.
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