Jackson Hole, Wyoming
This Western hot spot is a big draw for families, thanks to its prime location near two of the country's most gorgeous national parks. Nightly "shoot-outs" staged in the town square and twice-weekly rodeos give Jackson a thrilling Wild West feel. There's so much to do here -- from a rafting trip down the Snake River to a dinner-theater show at the historic Jackson Hole Playhouse -- that you probably won't be able to squeeze it all in. But make sure that you go biking, fishing, hiking, or horseback riding in Grand Teton National Park for some unforgettable views. And save time for a drive to Yellowstone National Park, where your kids can spot geysers, bubbling mud pots, and buffalo herds up close. You'll find plenty of lodging options in different price ranges, but for a truly unique stay, spend a night in the Rock Springs Yurt. This round tent with eight bunk beds is located high up in the Tetons -- you can only get there on a guided hike.
Your little cowpoke will learn about local history and nature at The Kids' Ranch (ages 3 and up; $80) at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The programs include a hike from the aerial tram, swimming, science projects, and special events. Make plans to check out the downtown nightlife while your children hit the pizza party and play games at Kids' Night Out.
The Great Family Outdoors Package at the Teton Mountain Lodge starts at $619 per person for a family of four and includes a four-night stay, a scenic float trip in Grand Teton National Park, a seven-day park pass for your vehicle, and a half-day horseback ride. Visit mountaindestination.com, or call 800-801-6615 and ask for promo code FAM06.
Contact information: 888-333-7766 or jacksonhole.com