The Best Mountain Towns To Visit In America
Do you also imagine mountain views and coastal villages when someone mentions vacation? Being one with nature brings bliss: after all-mountain living is surreal magic. In the mountain, is where life slows down, where everyone knows everyone and where you get to reconnect with nature and enjoy so-needed silence and small things. Are you one of the millions who associate mountain town with ski trips? If you do, you are not wrong.
So, when it comes to ideal mountain vacations, there is no such thing as a perfect destination, because they are never ideal. There are hikers, campers, climbers, wildflowers to boost allergies, and many other factors to ruing your ideal vacation. However, many factors and benefits of the mountain easily overcome negative sides, and you should enjoy your mountain vacation your way. Read on to check the best mountain towns in the States that you should visit this year.
25. Taos, New Mexico
If you truly love mountain town, then you will love Taos. This small town was among the World’s Prettiest Mountain Towns by Travel and Leisure magazine. Located between the Southern Rocky Mountains, Taos really gets the best from mountain view and local history.
This small town is mostly known for its scenic location in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, beautiful historic architecture, and artistic heritage. Just outside the town is Taos Pueblo – an adobe pueblo structure and UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back 1,000 years, and the whole area is a great option for skiing.
24. Lake Placid, New York
Upstate New York is always a great choice for autumn hiking. Lake Placid is home to many sports activities, including the annual Lake Placid IRONMAN triathlon.
Still, you don’t have to be an adrenaline junky to enjoy this site. There are other more cal activities, to enjoy, such as a gondola ride, scenic railway, and plenty of perches for lakeside drinking and dining to some amazing places.
23. Telluride, Colorado
Telluride is one of the most beautiful places in the States. If you want that full autumn experience, then visit Telluride in mid-September. This is also a great place to visit if you want to experience more of the Old West town vibes. Here, you can explore the soulful peaks, and visit the Last Dollar Saloon and New Sheridan Hotel rooftop.
Telluride is also famous for hosting several top-tier music festivals and film fest. On top of that, you can enjoy one of the best views that Colorado has to offer easily because the public transit here is by gondola.
22. Bend, Oregon
Mount Bachelor offers some gorgeous views and stunning outdoor moments. After all, the reis so much than merely enjoying the mountain view. There are also volcanoes, waterfalls, buttes, caves… even rugged badlands ready to be explored.
Bend is everything you would expect out of Oregon, with a bit of hipster flavor. Bend is also a legendary beer town built on the foundation laid by Deschutes Brewery. If you are more of a foodie, you will love the Bend food scene.
21. Truckee, California
A list couldn’t be complete without mentioning Truckee in California. In Truckee, you can experience nature 100%, without loud casinos and crowded touristy lodges.
Did you know that Truckee is one of the world’s premier ski/snowboard destinations? Therefore, this Californian town is a top mountain sport. Next to the ski experience, you can enjoy a great art scene and chillin’ living.
20. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Many claims that Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is far from a true mountain town. The main reason for this belief lies in its beauty, in its deep blue water in fact that provides more of a beach environment than a mountain vibe.
Lake Coeur d’Alene combined summer vibes thanks to colorful sunset and lazy beaches, together with a small-town vibe. If you are a hiking fan, you can hike the Northern Idaho Centennial Trail, grab a burger at the famous Hudson’s Hamburgers.
19. Asheville, North Carolina
North Carolina is home to some breathtaking places, and Asheville is one of them. People often describe Asheville as a cool place, and with a good reason. In the last years, Asheville has grown into one of America’s best drinking cities and one of the best cities to enjoy live music.
Did you know that Asheville has 26 breweries in more than 60 areas? When not hiking or searching for breweries, go visit a farmers market, and explore the local scene.
18. Park City, Utah
Utah is like the ultimate state for breathtaking nature. When it comes to the most thrilling cities within the state of Utah, Park City takes the first place. Park City is a legendary mountain town, also known for great skiing and The Great Waldo Pepper. If you want to feel the old times, this city should be your first choice, because trollies still cart you around if your feet are too sore from hiking the nearby Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
If you want to visit during the off-winter season, you will be able to enjoy hiking, biking, river-rafting, and even horseback riding. For extra activities, you can enjoy the Utah Olympic Park, where you can find one of the longest bobsled rides in the world, and one of only two in the US you can ride.
17. Lewisburg, West Virginia
Lewisburg is well-known for its art scene, all-day gallery hopping, and poetry readings. There is a bunch of things to do in Lewisburg. If you love historical facts, you will love the General Lewis Inn, which is sort of part-hotel, part-museum.
Or you can go antiquing, which is a major thing in Lewisburg. Lewisburg also has two food festivals, of which ones chocolate-specific. There is also a thing called First Fridays After Five, when on the first Friday of every month, starting at 5 pm you can find food and art vendors plus live music gathered downtown.
16. Homer, Alaska
The town of Homer is also known as The Halibut-Fishing Capital of the World, and there is no denying that this little town is a true pearl by the sea.
Here, you can enjoy great mountain views, spend hours eagle watching, or take a boat ride to Kachemak Bay State Park, Alaska’s only state wildlife park.
15. Woodstock, Vermont
If you want to get the best view of Woodstock itself, then you should take a short hike to the summit of Mount Tom. Woodstock is a great place for those who love skiing and snowshoeing, and photography.
There are some small-town-New-England features which make this city great ground for photography lovers. There is also a lake you can swim in, go to a barn dance, and try cider pressing.
14. Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Eureka Springs is home to amazing Victorian architecture and winding streets, which is probably why Eureka Springs was named the best small town in the state. Did you know that the entire city is listed on the National Register of Historic Places?
Still, you can enjoy here many modern activities, such as karaoke night, zip-lining, and boat excursions on the lake. If you want a perfect autumn postcard, this is the city to be in.
13. Livingston, Montana
Livingston is surrounded by snowy mountain peaks that give the town that ultimate mountain vibe. Livingston is also located one hour drive from Yellowstone which makes it the epicenter of Montana.
Livingston is a magnet for free spirits and outdoor lovers. There are many options for fly fishing, rafting, and much more. Be ready to hear the stories about the glorious past, from locals in almost every bar.
12. Leavenworth, Washington
Leavenworth stands as the ultimate Bavarian-style village. For years this place has been drawing tourists for its charming look and amazing scenery.
This German-style place is a hub for world-class skiing, hiking, and cliffs that attract climbers from all over the globe. It may be too mainstream during the Christmas season, but it will still be worth it. If you adore the Christmas season, then you will love every second here.
11. Jackson, Wyoming
Jackson is located near the western gate of Yellowstone, which makes it a mandatory stop when cruising around Yellowstone. Many call it Jackson Hole because it’s often portrayed as a place for the rich and indulgent.
This may be the truth and not, it all depends on how you look at things. Still, one thing is for sure, you will be able to enjoy many modern activities while staying in one of the best places to enjoy nature.
Chimayó is located in the foothills of New Mexico and as a town from the 17th century, it’s one of the most popular places of New Mexico. Just recently, the Chimayó was listed among Budget Travel’s Most Beautiful Towns in the World.
This town has a small community known for its traditional weaving – examples of this craft can be found at several stores and galleries in town.
9. Silver City
Located next to Arizona borders, the Silver City is often described as a charming town with unique nature. Did you know that Silver City was named dubbed one of the USA’s 10 Coolest Small Towns by Budget Travel? It would be a shame not to experience this benefit.
Silver City was founded in the 1870s when miners flocked to take advantage of the area’s rich silver deposits. It’s known for its Wild West heritage which makes it only more appealing and exciting. Silver City also enjoys status as the first town to arrest outlaw, Billy the Kid.
8. Cloudcroft, New Mexico
Cloudcroft has so much to offer in terms of nature. The beautiful pines of southern New Mexico’s mountains are the charming town of Ruidoso. It is named after the beautiful Rio Ruidoso, which translates as ‘noisy river’, that runs through the town.
Shops and restaurants will keep you busy when not exploring the wilderness. Not that long ago, this was a sleepy town, and today this is a thriving and growing fast town. Definitely worth visiting before rivers of tourists start floating in.
7. Madrid, New Mexico
Madrid was a coal boomtown that eventually turned into a flailing ghost town. Today, this Madrid – a tiny town of just 150 residents snuggled in a scenic canyon of the Ortiz Mountains – has revived itself in recent years, becoming a popular tourist destination.
The Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway, which connects Santa Fe and Albuquerque, runs through Madrid. Mine Shaft Tavern serves up live music and its famous green chile hamburgers.
6. Aztec, New Mexico
Aztec is located just 20 or so miles from the Colorado border. Today, this ancient city is known as a vibrant city with many places to explore. Aztec is a northwestern New Mexico community of almost 7,000 people that was founded in the late 19th century through Aztec history goes back much further.
The land on which the town now lies was traversed by the Dominguez-Escalante Expedition in 1776 and the Aztec Ruins National Monument dates back as early as the 12th century.
5. Crested Butte, Colorado
Crested Butte is all about bikes, beers, and bands. After all, thats the town motto. Crested Butte is a 130-year-old former coal-mining camp that is nestled in a bowl of high mountains.
You can easily get to this town if you fly to Gunnison first and then drive 30 minutes north. Crested Butte is a real heaven for bike lovers. There is an Evolution Bike Park with 30 miles of lift-served singletrack that serves to pump adrenaline and twist your stomach.
4. Aspen, Colorado
There was a period when Aspenwasnt the most expensive mountain town, and that wasn’t that long ago in fact. Before it became what it is today, Aspen was a place for intrepid rock climbers and skiers only.
Today, in Aspen you can enjoy next-level bars, apartments, and boutiques. Here, you can enjoy extensive lines of various trails, azure lakes, massive mountains, amazing waterfalls, or simply ski on one of four ski mountains.
3. Sun Valley, Idaho
Sun Valley is the birthplace of resort skiing in North America. It was founded in 1936 by lifelong skier and Union Pacific Railroad chairman W. Averell Harriman.
Hollywood celebrities like Cary Grant and Earnest Hemingway are mainly responsible for Sun Valley’s popularity, and popularity of the central Idaho region. Today’s Sun Valley still delivers a singular skiing/snowboarding experience, that’s spread across two mountains.
2. Warren and Waitsfield, Vermont
Warren and Waitsfield is a home of great green pastures, big red barns, and famous white farmhouses. In fact, Warren and Waitsfield are sister valley villages that people just adore. Not only that you get to enjoy great nature, but you can find something spectacular at every step.
If nothing, you can enjoy the 19-th century architecture at every step. For organic food lovers, there are many organic markets, different shops, and great cuisine in local restaurants.
1. Ketchum, Idaho
Did you know that the Ketchum site is the second-largest roadless area in the Lower 48 – the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness? This makes Ketchum one of the most isolated spots in the country. Experiencing the wild here as easy as goign to the corner shop. Everything is on the hands reach.
You can relax by watching the crisp blue water, spend hours chilling on the sandy beach, or touring on the horseback. There are a nice art and culture scene, so don’t be surprised to hear jazz music while skiing.