With our dry climate, most days from late June through October are sunny and being in the mountains means our humidity is always very low. That said, even in paradise it can rain once in a while. Here are four ways to spend that rare rainy day:
1. Head to a museum
Going to a museum on a rainy day is a popular activity in New York City and Paris. Well, we're not quite as big of a city but we have an excellent and original museum that is worth visiting no matter your age. From kids to adults everyone will have fun at the National Museum of Wildlife Art (while learning a few things too). Just 2.5 miles north of the town square, it's a quick and scenic drive to get there. For those interested in the connection between art and wildlife, there is no better place to engage your imagination. The Children's Discovery Gallery makes the museum fun for your little ones with self-directed activities like the hands-on Artist's Studio.
2. Road Trip
Rain or shine, the animals still have to eat. Get in your car and head into Grand Teton National Park. Summer in Jackson Hole is about enjoying the beautiful natural environment and a little rain can't stop you from taking a slow drive up the Inner Park Road and seeing some amazing sights. Not everyone knows that we have a few famous furry residents in the valley that love to have their picture taken. Grizzly bears and their families can often be found along the roads in GTNP. Leave the driving and navigation to the experts, join a guided wildlife tour and uncover the best wildlife hotspots in Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park.
3. Gallery Hop
Jackson Hole is famous for its many art galleries. Throughout the summer season, there are gallery walks where visitors can peruse the art with a glass of wine, looking for a special piece to complete a room back home. With over 30 galleries, Jackson has become one of the premier art destinations for art lovers of all persuasions. From landscapes to animals to Warhols, there is something for everyone. Put on your raincoat and it's just a short walk to the galleries from most downtown hotels.
4. Shop 'till you drop
Town Square is at the heart of downtown Jackson and it's surrounded by world-class shopping. Take a stroll along the wooden sidewalks (many of which are covered with awnings) and pop into the many stores near the square as you search for the perfect souvenir or gift for someone back home. From unique western apparel featuring the Wyoming cowboy to rings and bracelets with the Tetons silhouette, you can get some good shopping done on your trip. Make sure to swing by Persephone Bakery for a treat too.