Set in an Alpine valley just south of Grand Teton National Park and ringed by mountains, Jackson is an ideal place to base yourself. Granted, it's not the quiet and isolated mountain retreat it once was: the town's 6,400 residents are nothing compared with the three million visitos who pour in each year. While the winters attract about 350,000 destination skiers, the summers draw much larger crowds from all over the world who come for the parks, the climate, recreation and the amenities of a resort town.
Talk about history: Cody was the brainchild of investors who in 1896 persuaded "Buffalo Bill" Cody to get involved in their development company, knowing his approval would attract homesteaders and visitors alike. It worked. Tourism is not big business here, but Cody still retains the feel of a rural western settlement.
The original entrance into Yellowstone, Gardiner still serves as the only year-round vehicle entrance into the park. Boasting numerous opportunities for wildlife viewing, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding, Gardiner is a wonderful place for active visitors.
West Yellowstone, Montana
Known as the snowmobiling capital of the world, West Yellowstone gets more than 150 inches of snow a year and offers more than 400 miles of trails. The lovely summers are beautiful for fishing and boating, making West Yellowstone great for all seasons. Natural attractions such as Mesa Falls and Earthquake Lake are ideal for water lovers, while the historic 1,170-mile Nez Perce trail is an enticing option for hikers.
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