Howard Hardee

Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is among the grandest natural settings in the American West. The valley is flanked by the jagged Teton Mountain Range and the rugged Gros Ventre Range, which makes for dramatic views from nearly any vantage point. Billing itself as the "last real mountain town," Jackson, the only incorporated city in the valley, is a longtime tourist destination that attracts jet-setters and celebrity homebuyers. It's also a magnet for nature lovers and outdoor recreationists, and a playground in the winter thanks to a trio of major ski resorts: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King Mountain and Grand Targhee Resort. But don't let the popularity diminish experiences like watching a sunrise on Jackson Lake, rafting the Snake River or hiking lush meadows in Grand Teton National Park.