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Idaho Falls, Adventure Capital

Can you name one of the best outdoor town in the country?


While many Boiseans might picture rolling farm fields when they think of Idaho Falls, apparently the editors of National Geographic Adventure have a very different vision our Eastern Idaho neighbor.

The October issue of the magazine lists Idaho Falls as one of the 100 best outdoor towns in the United States along with places like Jackson, Wyo.; Sisters, Ore.; and Moab, Utah.

The award had us scratching our heads a bit, but according to the article: "Big-box stores and cookie-cutter housing developments may give Idaho Falls that 'anywhere USA' vibe, but no other major metro area is as well situated alongside the legendary trout waters of the South Fork of the Snake River."

While we can't argue that it's near the river, we did find it amusing that the photo accompanying the write-up is from an area far closer to the towns of Victor and Driggs than it is to Idaho Falls.

The good news is that Driggs made it on the list itself--a fitting honor for the town that is literally on the other side of the Tetons from Jackson Hole.

The only other Idaho town to make the list is Sandpoint, so congrats to our in-state brethren, but we have to claim a bias for the great rec at Boise's doorstep.