Authors: Benjamin Percy
Places like Jackson Hole, Wyo., are the reason people play Powerball: the jagged snarl of the Teton mountains, the silver coil of the Snake River. The elk bugling from hillsides, the rainbow trout flashing through streams. The cowboy culture. And at the heart of it all, the town of Jackson, with its splintery boardwalks and elk-horn sculptures, hilltop spas and gourmet cuisine. Everyone wants to live here, but few can afford the iron-and-timber mansions that roost on the hillsides. So visit instead—and pack as much natural adventure and hearty dining as you can into your holiday. We have detailed directions for the ultimate long weekend.
6:30 p.m. Make a game out of counting the antelope and elk as you head 10 miles south on 89 into the picturesque town of Jackson. Check into the historic, Western-decorated Wort Hotel if you're feeling splurgy (from $359 in summer, 50 N. Glenwood St., worthotel.com)