Summer Resorts 2003: Jackson Hole, Wyoming


Nobody, it seems, squanders precious warm days beneath that big blue bowl of Wyoming sky. Here, the aim is to shoehorn into each day as many activities as possible.

Follow the locals' lead: Rise early to see moose and bear during a sunrise wildlife expedition with Teton Science School. Next, get the eagle's view of the Grand Teton by taking the ski resort's tram to the 10,450-foot summit of Rendezvous Mountain. From there, hike down Granite Canyon back to the base area—or mountain bike or paraglide instead.

Jackson in summer is all about hard decisions. Should you bend a rod on the blue-ribbon Snake River in pursuit of native fine-spotted cutthroat trout, while the rest of the family swings the hickory at the Teton Pines golf course? The painful choices aren't over when that cowboy sunset fades beyond the Grand Teton; every season the valley seems to birth another noteworthy restaurant. But beware: New bistros and hallowed watering holes like the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar will try to keep you up late. Resist the party lights. Tomorrow's gonna be too good to sleep late.

DON'T MISS A visit to Yellowstone National Park, one hour north, but avoid the crowds by going early- or late-season. ($20 for a seven-day car pass). 307-344-7381;

BEST DEAL Five nights in a one-bedroom condo at the Jackson Hole Racquet Club Resort, a rental car and choice of rafting or another activity for $350 per person, double occupancy. 888-822-6754;