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Jackson Hole, Wyoming: Fall Weekender

These days Jackson Hole is jumping with fall activities.

Snake River Jackson Hole, Wyoming, image
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Aspens paint the Jackson Hole area for fall.

It used to be that Jackson Hole closed up shop—and its restaurants, galleries, and entertainment—between summer and winter. These days, fall jumps with cultural and outdoor options.

Sights and Events

Center for the Arts: David Sedaris and Ani DiFranco have performed at the 525-seat theater. From Oct. 5-6 this year, it holds the Wild Fest, with films and speakers. 265 S. Cache St.

Mountain Dandy and Made: Neighboring shops sell a cutely curated collection—jewelry, cards, animal mounts fashioned from Pendleton blankets—handcrafted by artists from across the country. 125 N. Cache St.

National Museum of Wildlife Art: From its free outdoor Sculpture Trail to its permanent collection of 5,000-plus pieces, including works by Picasso and Western painter John Clymer, the place defines wildlife broadly. 2820 Rungius Rd.

Grand Teton National Park roaming bison, picture
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Head into Grand Teton National Park to watch the roaming bison graze.

Outdoors

Granite Hotsprings PoolYou should be able to drive the 10 miles from U.S. Route 191 to this naturally fed pool through October. But during the winter season, starting Dec. 6, the pool is accessible only by dogsled, snowmobile, snow bike, or skis.

Jackson Pathways: Starting in downtown Jackson, follow a 20-mile stretch of the valley's paved pathway system. It travels through the National Elk Refuge and over the Gros Ventre and Snake Rivers before heading to Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park. Jenny Lake Lodge is a four Diamond property. Open through Oct. 31. Find maps at friendsofpathways.org.

Eats

Gather: Try for a reservation at the intimate Tuesday Tastings at noon, where guests play food critic while sampling three potential specials for the following week's dinner menu. 72 S. Glenwood St.

King Sushi: A historic log cabin that began life as a blacksmith shop now houses a kitchen that serves playful Japanese dishes such as a scallop shooter: uzura (quail egg), negi (a kind of onion), tobiko (flying fish roe), and a tangy sauce called ponzu. 75 S. King St.

Up Next: Must-See Sights Outside of Yellowstone National Park and Secrets of Yellowstone National Park

This article was first published in Fall 2015. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.