Jackson Hole

Two of the main towns in the Grand Teton National Park Area are ones that are commonly confused. Jackson, uninhibitedly western but increasingly upscale (former vice president Dick Cheney has a residence here among other notables), is the key town for the mountain-rimmed, 600-square-mile valley of Jackson Hole, which is surrounded by mountain scenery, dude ranches, national parks, big game and other vacation attractions.

Located in the Grand Teton National Park, in Jackson Hole valley, Moose is a neighbor to the resort area of Jackson Hole. Easily Wyoming’s highest-profile ski resort, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, located in Teton Village, is set on the eastern flank of the Teton Range, south of Grand Teton National Park and northwest of Jackson itself. The booming base village buzzes with activity, thanks to a number of charming hotels and time-share complexes, as well as restaurants, stores and a ski school. While not as well known for warm-weather recreation, the resort also is a good base for hiking, golf and horseback riding.