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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Cast a Line in Jackson Hole


5. Oddball Day

Hot air balloons provide bird's-eye views of the Teton Valley.  

Start a marathon outdoor-adventure day off the river with a sunrise hot-air-balloon flight ($250 per person) over Teton Valley in Driggs, Idaho, 45 minutes from Jackson. After returning to town, fortify yourself with a spinach-feta bagel ($1) and raspberry-pineapple smoothie ($4.50) at Pearl Street Bagels (145 W. Pearl St.; 307-739-1218). Then drive half an hour to gin-clear Jenny Lake, in Grand Teton National Park, for a six-mile hike to Inspiration Point, which overlooks the water. Rest your legs before heading ten minutes back toward Jackson to refuel at Dornan’s Pizza & Pasta Company, where the food is good (try the buffalo Bolognese pasta, $14), but the view of the Tetons is spectacular. Next, have an afternoon horseback adventure at Jackson Hole Trail Rides ($55 for two hours); the jaunts up Snow King Mountain offer vistas of the town and the entire Jackson Hole valley. For dinner, reward your hard work with a slab of ribs ($16) and the all-you-can-eat salad bar ($8) at Bubba’s Bar-B-Que, then finish your day at the Jackson Hole Rodeo ($15; Wednesday and Saturday nights only), arguably the town’s most charming Old West tradition, where you can see real-life calf roping and bronco busting.

Published on Jul 25, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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