Photograph by Derek DiLuzio, Aurora Photos
GPS: 43°44'N 111°07'W
While the nearby town of Jackson has ballooned into a tourist megalopolis, rustic Driggs, on the western flank of the Tetons, manages to keep its feet on the ground as it morphs into an outdoor-adventure capital. Friendly and unpretentious, Driggs is for people who love the mountains enough to live, work, and play in them—including many of the service-industry stiffs who keep Jackson running but can't afford to live there.
The Teton River is the best place to cast for cutthroat, rainbow, and brook trout. Laren Piquet Guiding Services charges $350 a day for a drift along the Teton in a flat-bottom boat (+1 208 354 2786). Or take a DIY hike 8 miles (13 kilometers) along the South Teton Creek to Alaska Basin, then continue 2.7 miles (4.3 kilometers) to Hurricane Pass for a spectacular overlook of Teton Valley and the town of Jackson.
A sporty crowd downs dollar beers and chows down on scallop polenta at the Royal Wolf (+1 208 354 8365).
Locanda di Fiori’s cozy log cabin is set on 20 acres (8 hectares) of rolling farmland, with great views of Teton Valley (doubles from $150; www.inntetonia.com).