3. Go on a Wild Winter Safari in Wyoming
With the world’s first national park, Yellowstone, just a few miles away, Jackson Hole’s Spring Creek Ranch offers skiers and snowboarders a unique break from the valley’s legendary slopes in the form of a four-hour dawn or dusk winter safari. Taking in Wyoming’s beauty starts right at the luxury mountain resort, which is located on a wildlife sanctuary overlooking the breathtaking Teton Mountain range, including the majestic 13,700-foot Grand Teton. From there, go on an uber-exclusive excursion—it happens only twice a year—in Yellowstone, where you’ll get to see its world-renown geysers (oh hi, Old Faithful), boiling hot springs, and local residents, including bighorn sheep, elk, bald eagles, bears, coyotes, wolves and more (some 200 species call this place home).
(Offered February 2-7 and 24-28; starting at $3,199 per person based on double occupancy for five nights, including meals, accommodations, and guided tours)
Essential Gear: No point in going on safari without a camera to document your encounters. Protect your equipment in cold, wet conditions by stashing ’em in this waterproof Blocker Dry Sack from Sealine made of a durable, double-sealed polyurethane-coated nylon ($22.95 to $24.95). For smartphone photographers, use an eSeries 9.5 case, which fits the iPhone 6 Plus, to keep your precious device dry.
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