The 5 Best Mountain Towns to Visit in the U.S.

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Jaw-dropping views plus outdoor fun

Cities are vibrant and beaches are so zen, but when it comes to stunning scenery, there’s nothing like mountain towns. With fresh air and plenty of outdoor fun, they make for an amazing getaway that’s packed with adventure.

And with so many awesome mountain destinations to choose from in America, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a ski trip or a bike ride, one of these is sure to be just right for you.

  • Aspen, CO

    Looking to combine rustic and refined? Look no further than upscale Aspen!

    Whether you’re here to ski or for the après ski, one of America’s glitziest mountain towns is a highly sought-out winter destination. Skiers, snowboarders, and celebrities alike make their way to Aspen, ready to ski its epic (and epically stunning) 11,000-foot peaks.

    But it’s not just the powder that’s the draw. Aspen is just as much fun during warmer months. Fly fishing, whitewater rafting, and mountain bikes are hugely popular with tourists and residents alike. The city also hosts festivals celebrating music, wine, food, art, and more.

    Off the mountain, Aspen offers plenty of high-end amenities, with its trendy boutiques, upscale eateries, and luxury spas.

  • Jackson Hole, WY

    Get out your camera even before you hit the town of Jackson Hole. The four arches that famously surround Jackson Town Square are made entirely of elk antlers—thousands of ‘em!

    But that’s not even close to being the best photo opp in town. Jackson Hole is surrounded by two majestic mountain ranges, three popular ski resorts, and two national parks, including the first one established in the U.S., Yellowstone National Park.

    Jackson Hole has something for everyone, from the fantastic ski runs to a vibrant nightlife, with accommodations that range from cabins to luxury resorts.

    Oh, and if you’re an animal lover, be sure to stop by the elk refuge and the wildlife art museum while you’re in town.

  • Sisters, OR

    Named after the nearby three “sisters” (a trio of towering peaks visible from the city), Sisters is a year-round paradise for anyone who loves the outdoors.

    Lush forests, brush-covered canyons, and lava flows are all part of the impressive backdrop when you walk, hike, or bike in the surrounding areas. Cyclists will especially enjoy their time in the area. Hop on a bike and hit one of the two scenic trails that leave the city and explore the nearby Cascade Mountains and Smith Rock State Park.

    And if you want to indulge with a cold one or two afterward, stop by Sisters Saloon, where they pour popular craft beers from local breweries.

  • Stowe, VT

    “Stowed” away in Vermont, you’ll find this picturesque destination nestled in the foothills of the state’s highest peak.

    But despite its northern location, Stowe isn’t only known for its amazing snow sports. Visitors agree on Stowe’s year-round appeal.

    In the fall, the explosion of brilliant foliage brightens the entire town. Spring begins the hiking and biking season, especially along its rivers and wooden bridges. And summer brings the annual balloon festival as well as its famous 4th of July parade.

  • Taos, NM

    When you’re thinking of American mountain towns, you’re probably thinking more Wild West than 17th-century Spain. Yet Taos, located in the southern Rocky Mountains, is famous for its gorgeous and undeniably Spanish influence running through its architecture and art.

    The scenery is even more spectacular, with glorious red sunsets, charming pueblos, and a breathtaking view of Wheeler Peak, the state’s highest mountain. And if that’s not enough to get your heart pumping, try whitewater rafting in the thrilling Taos Box, part of the Rio Grande Gorge.

    Along with its rich cultural heritage, Taos is also a spiritual mecca, offering tons of events and activities focusing on New Age mysticism and wellbeing.

Are you ready for an absolutely gorgeous outdoor adventure? With stunning scenery, a variety of wildlife, and glorious architecture, these mountain towns won’t disappoint! Pick your favorite and get ready to snap pics.

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