If you’re a mountain kind of person, these spectacular mountain towns across America are places you’ve really got to visit at least once. If you’re planning a trip and feel like taking in glorious views, you’re certain to find what you’re looking for.
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Jackson Hole, Wyoming (Nearby Hotels)
Jackson Hole sits at the doorsteps of Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery and boasting an abundance of wildlife and all sorts of opportunities for outdoor adventure. Whether you’re looking for a more rustic-style cabin, or luxurious resort accommodations, you’ll find it here, along with a wide array of outstanding restaurants and nightlife venues. While it’s famous for skiing and boarding, when the snow melts, visitors can take the aerial tram that leads from Teton Village to the top of Rendezvous Mountain for a breathtaking bird’s-eye view, go whitewater rafting in nearby Snake River Canyon, hike, horseback ride, mountain bike and more.
Park City, Utah (Nearby Hotels)
The historic mining town of Park City is also best known for its legendary skiing, with most frequently visited during the winter months, but in other seasons, visitors can enjoy all sorts of activities on the water, like fishing for trout in blue ribbon streams, boating and more, as well as active land pursuits like mountain biking and hiking amid the impressive scenery. The town itself offers a whole lot too, and is lined with 19th-century buildings from its silver mining boom days. A number of popular events are hosted here, like January’s Sundance Film Festival and the July Food & Wine Classic, so you may want to plan your trip around one of them.
Aspen, Colorado (Nearby Hotels)
Often ranked near or at the top of America’s best mountain towns, with its 14,000-foot peaks, Aspen is a favorite with skiers and boarders, as well as a being a big draw for billionaires and celebrity types. Here, the party happens all year round, with some of the world’s best hiking during the warmer months of the year, as well as fantastic fly fishing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and more. Aspen also hosts a number of festivals that celebrate music, wine, food and art, as well as plenty of art galleries, upscale eateries, high-end shops and other attractions.
Stowe, Vermont (Nearby Hotels)
Once considered only a popular summer vacation destination, today Stowe is a popular place to play all year round. While it’s ideal for skiing and other snow sports in the winter, summer is still peak season here, with the highlight being its old-fashioned Fourth of July parade. Visitors also come for the 5.3-mile hiking and biking trail that runs through town, crossing the West Branch River and traversing over charming wooden bridges, as well as the shops and eateries that line Mountain Road. In the fall, leaf-peepers come to view the glorious hues of violet-red pin cherry and yellow alder leaves as well as blazing orange and red maple trees, with some of the most brilliant foliage along the Green Mountain Byway between Stowe and Waterbury.
Hamilton, Montana (Nearby Hotels)
Hamilton is the hub of the scenic Bitterroot Valley, located an hour south of Missoula. This bustling, charming community not only offers incredible scenery, but it boasts an emerging arts scene with live music, local theater and a happening downtown as well as a number of fun annual events, like Daly Days, which celebrates the city’s founder and one of the state’s original Copper Kings, the Ravalli County Fair and a Microbrew Festival. With vast areas of wilderness just to the west of the valley, including miles of pristine forest, lots of wildlife, and the nearby Bitterroot River, this mountain town is also popular for activities like fishing, hiking, boating and mountain biking.
Telluride, Colorado (Nearby Hotels)
Telluride is a chic resort town in the San Juan Mountains, but it started out as a rather rough mining town. In fact, it was here in 1889 where Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank. Today this former Victorian-era silver mining community is often named among America’s most beautiful towns, having retained its feel of bygone days, with no stoplights, neon signs or billboards. It’s also renowned for its downtown area that’s a protected National Historic District, as well as the Telluride Ski Resort, which nearly spills into it and, and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, with an impressive lineup that embraces multiple genres.
Ouray, Colorado (Nearby Hotels)
Tucked into a box canyon surrounded by the dramatic peaks of the San Juan Mountains, Ouray is the self-proclaimed Switzerland of America, and the moment you see it you’ll understand why. Those gorgeous mountains and cliffs that surround it offer some of the most jaw-dropping views around, as well as the chance hike, climb, and mountain bike during the summer, and ice climb in the winter, with the world’s first ice climbing park created here in 1994. Much of its mining-era Victorian structures remain and are beautiful restored, with its entire Main Street a National Historic District. Visitors can also soak in the hot springs that sit in the heart of town, while soaking up all of that stunning mountain scenery.
Asheville, North Carolina (Nearby Hotels)
Some have equated Asheville to the Portland, Oregon of the south, with its multiple microbreweries, coffeehouses, creative types and all sorts of quirky characters. It even has an edible park where locals and visitors can pluck herbs, lettuce, berries and other fruit for free. Check out the drum circle downtown on Friday nights, as well as one of the many live music bars, enjoy outdoor activities in the surrounding Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains, and visit one of America’s own “castles,” Biltmore Estate.
Sisters, Oregon (Nearby Hotels)
Sisters, located in the Cascade Mountains of Central Oregon, is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise. In the winter, it offers an ideal base for skiing and snowboarding, sledding, snowmobiling and snowshoeing, while the summer draws visitors who want to hike, paddle, mountain bike, go bird watching or hop on a horse. It also hosts a number of upscale resorts, spas and mom-and-pop shops featuring local arts and crafts.