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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Escape the Crowds in Teton Valley


5. Oddball Day

Teton Aviation Center offers scenic flights above the mountains.  

Fuel up for a day of aerial adventures with breakfast at Scratch, in Victor, where everything from pancakes to pico de gallo is made by hand. Next, make the twenty-minute drive to Driggs to Broulim’s Fresh Foods, the meeting point for an hour-long hot-air-balloon flight over Teton Valley ($250 per person). You’ll glide over Swan Valley, the Teton River, and Targhee National Forest from the basket of a nine-story balloon. Back in Driggs, test your spicy-food threshold at Teton Thai, where you can customize the heat of dishes like Crying Tiger (wine-soaked beef with sweet and tangy tamarind dipping sauce; $10) on a one-to-five scale. Afterward, drive to the Teton Aviation Center, where you can choose between returning to the sky on a scenic, 60-minute glider ride over the valley ($250; no experience required) or take in the free display of more than a dozen vintage warplanes, which have been restored to mint condition. Drive back to Victor for one of the famous huckleberry milkshakes at the Victor Emporium before an outdoor movie (9:30 p.m. showtimes; $7) and dinner from the fifties-era concession stand at the Spud Drive In.

Published on Jun 22, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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