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I recently had a polo “work” trip with four fellow horse addicted girls to Jackson, Wyoming and freakin’ loved everything. Here are my top 5 reasons you should check out the Cowboy State.
I can not emphasize enough the beauty of Wyoming. The climate is semi-arid, so there is a combination of desert and mountain scenery that is utterly breathtaking. The skies are big and the air is fresh. It’s also the second least populated state in America, giving plenty of room to stretch out and relax. We spotted moose, Golden Eagles, Bald Eagles and antelope without really searching for them. It was enough to make me want to paint landscapes in my spare time.
When you think of an “outdoor type vacation” fine dining is usually the last thing on your mind, but Jackson does not disappoint. The first day we visited the Snake River Brewing Company that has over 96 hand crafted beers on the menu. I paired my brews with a huge plate of bar fries because… nutrition. Over the next few days, we ate at The Rose, which had a ridiculous Mac & Cheese, fresh butter, bread and creative cocktails, and Bin22, where everything from the lamb to the rib eye was on point.
Almost every weekend in Jackson, there is a free outdoor concert. JacksonHoleLive! operates out of Snow King Park – where we attended a Turnpike Troubadours concert – but there is also Concerts in the Commons just a few miles away. There were plenty of food trucks and beer vendors, so go hungry and leave happy.
I’m a married woman, so I couldn’t truly appreciate this next aspect, but on the whole the male population of Wyoming is young, fit, bearded and a strange combination of cowboy and hipster. As one of my travel buddies put it, “Oh, my next ex-husband is definitely here.” You could find that ex-husband at the infamous Million Dollar Cowboy Bar or any number of hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding locations.
Wyoming is a make-up free, sweaty, endorphin filled heaven full of grand adventures. Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks aside, there are plenty of local trips to enjoy. Other than hanging out at the Jackson Hole Polo Club, we went on a Snake River float trip, hiked to a waterfall at Jenny Lake and cliff diving at Phelps Lake. Everybody looks gross, but extremely happy. For the outdoorsy person, this is a wonderland. For the non-outdoorsy person, there are ferry rides, manicured “easy” trails and clean bathrooms all throughout the national parks. Most places even had coolers of fresh water on hand to refill your bottles for free.
Ever been to Wyoming? Tell me where you went and what you loved, because I’m headed back next year!
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