Few regions within the United States offer a better view of fall foliage than Jackson Hole. By the end of September, the aspen trees have turned to a beautiful golden hue and cottonwoods are turning orange. In other parts of the valley, the fields are a lighter shade of yellow patched with drying sage, providing a striking contrast to the dark grey Teton mountain range in the backdrop. Furthermore, the weather is still pleasant - slightly cool, but dry, making it a great time to visit the national parks while avoiding the summer crowds. The itinerary below outlines how to enjoy fall in the region for a few days, although I recommend spending more time here!
This region requires a car to get around as there is no public transportation option. Plan to rent a car at the Jackson airport if you are not driving into the region.
As of September 2020, the entrance fee to Grand Teton National Park is $35 per vehicle. Check the National Park Services website for the most up-to-date information about park entrance fees. You may even consider purchasing the America the Beautiful pass for $80 that will give you access to nearly all national parks for an entire year from the date of purchase.
Jackson is truly a year-round destination. I have visited in the summer and fall, and loved both visits. However, I do think the fall colors made this visit more enjoyable and would recommend that people visit in the fall (mid to end of September) at least once! Check out the Yellowstone & Grand Teton guide for ideas on how to extend your visit and explore Yellowstone as well.