How many of us long to witness the geyser eruption of Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park? Hasn't the child adventurer in everyone secretly desired to follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, by traversing the Snake River's intimidating whitewater rapids? Who wouldn't wish for a leisurely afternoon of horseback riding through mountain meadow trails of America's true West?
However, only the select few will plan on taking a frantic leap off one of Wyoming's highest peaks – But that's precisely what you will come to expect when you venture out to Jackson Hole, Wyoming – on a paragliding escapade of a lifetime. But, hey this outdoor vacation is just one for the bucket list.
Wyoming ranks as America's tenth largest state in area, and the least populated. This beautiful landscape is a wildlife paparazzi and outdoor enthusiast's dream. This time of year, thousands of elk migrate to feed on the crisp grass just north of Jackson Hole.
The Jackson Hole Airport is the only airport in the U.S. where commercial planes land in a National Park. If you are lucky enough to be staying at the Snow King Resort, all you need to do is hop aboard their airport shuttle that will take you to the hotel. Once in the tightly woven community of Jackson Hole there is little need for a automobile rental. Downtown is within walking distance and any outdoor activity more than likely will have a courtesy shuttle.
Sincere smiles greet you when you enter the European-style mountain lodge, Snow King Resort. The rustic and charming property is fresh off a $17 million renovation. Restore and renew at the Snow King Resort's Restaurant and Pub. Consider this basecamp to cater to all your dining and nightlife needs.
The Bucket List: Jackson Hole's best option for a whitewater premier rafting adventure has to be with at Mad River Boat Trips (www.mad-river.com). Paragliding is located in the heart of Teton Village take an Alpine launch off the vertical cliff face of the Grand Tetons rising above 9,500 feet (http://jhparagliding.com). The National Museum of Wildlife Art hyas astonishing works of stirring wildlife art (www.wildlifeart.org).