Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Hey, did you consider incorporating a wildlife safari into your Memorial Day weekend? A Jackson Hole safari (bison, coyotes, eagles, maybe a moose if you’ve been very good this year) can be yours for $109, which according to complex maths I just did nonchalantly in pen on my cocktail napkin is cheaper than booking a flight to Botswana. And for cheaper still -- tickets will be in the neighborhood of $30 -- you can get yourself a seat on a new aerial tram with 360-degree views of Grand Teton National Park so stunning you wouldn’t be out of line hoping that there’s a pot of gold at the top. Kidding. That would be silly. There are waffles at the top.
Occupy the rest of your Jackson Hole weekend with any an absurd number of outdoorsy activities such as the following, ordered according to my own entirely subjective scale of Less Ambitious to Real Fucking Ambitious: stagecoach rides, kayaking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, hot-air ballooning, hang gliding, and finally -- existing simultaneously at both ends of the spectrum like the quantum physics of outdoor recreation -- golfing.