Picture towering, 10,000 feet-tall snowcapped peaks rising straight up out of the flat prairie and you have the Grand Tetons. Unlike most mountain ranges, the Tetons have no foothills so their height seems that much more impressive, and intimidating. But if you hike them with Jeff or Diane from Teton Backcountry Guides, you’ll be in good shape to reach the top of a 10,352-foot peak and then do another seven miles. The company’s “strenuous tour” is an all-day adventure, and during the 3,000-foot climb you can expect some rock scrambling and snow traversing. Your guide will provide proper hiking gear and instruction as well as interpretation of the surrounding wilderness. If you’re lucky, they may even serve you some homemade brownies, or even better, the company’s famous backcountry bananas foster.
Rates: from $295 for a group of three Recover: Stay at Snow King Resort in the heart of Jackson just outside of Grand Teton National Park and treat yourself to a post-hike herbal wrap at the on-site spa.