Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Two hundred years ago, John Colter set out alone, rifle in hand, to explore the uncharted territory of Wyoming and Montana. Colter?an experienced trapper and mountain man?covered more than 500 miles before he stumbled upon the southern Teton Range and set up home in Jackson Hole.
Nowadays, Colter?s legend and the spirit of the Old West still run as deep as the Snake River. And there continues to be enough wilderness here to sate the most voracious explorer.
Horseback rides into neighboring Grand Teton National Park and Granite Canyon are perfect for day-trippers, but there are also longer rides into the Gros Ventre Mountains or Yellowstone National Park, where visitors can get a feel for Colter?s original paradise, with frequent sightings of bison, elk and moose.
Prefer to stay on your own two feet? Play a round at the championship course at Teton Pines, or hitch a ride up Jackson?s aerial tram for unforgettable views from 10,200 feet. From there you can sharpen your biking skills on the Cache Loop Trail or hike down to the base.
Wind down Frontier-style with a Wild West Shoot-Out, the Jackson Hole Rodeo and a chuckwagon dinner. If the smell of cowboy cooking doesn?t make your mouth water, planning another full day of Jackson adventure will.
DON'T MISS Big-river flyfishing experiences on one of seven local lakes or three rivers. The Snake and Hoback rivers are two of Wyoming?s best. 800-642-8979; www.jacksonhole.com.
BEST DEAL Get a deluxe room, breakfast and admission to the National Museum of Wildlife Art for $56 per person, per night at the historic Wort Hotel. 800-322-2727; www.jacksonholenet.com.