Whether you need to relax and destress or shake up your routine with a little adventure, getaway mountain towns offer something for everyone. Escape into fresh air at an alpine village where natural beauty, cultural festivities, and outdoor recreation are all within walking distance. Start planning your next vacation to one of these 10 amazing mountain towns.
Apgar Village is located on the iconic Lake McDonald. Whether you choose to stay cozy at an inn or take in the fresh air at one of their many campgrounds, you’ll be right in the middle of some serious natural beauty. Apgar will be your home base for all your exploration in Glacier National Park. Wildlife abounds with elk, grizzly bears, black bears, and mountain goats. Also, if you’ve ever wondered where they film those luxury vehicle commercials, with cars whizzing around treacherous cliff edges, look no further than the park’s Going-To-The-Sun Road. Take an epic journey through terrain so rough, that the road is only open three months a year.
If you’re a snow bunny, then only the largest ski resort in North America will do! This alpine village offers all the powder you can imagine. Skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers, and ice skaters have plenty of options for ski après with numerous bars and restaurants downtown. With summertime brings golfing, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, and outdoor music events. Heated, paved pathways make traveling easy in this family friendly town.
Park City, Utah
Home to the Sundance Film Festival, you just might pick out a celebrity or two while visiting Park City. Visit one of the several art galleries or wander through the old-fashioned historic district. Between their two world-famous ski resorts, Park City is undoubtedly a skier’s paradise. Outdoor enthusiasts can look forward to fly fishing and guided elk hunting tours.
A Bavarian themed tourist town tucked in the North Cascades brings unique fun to visitors year-round. Festivals like Oktoberfest and Bavarian IceFest have the whole town bustling with activity. Walk down the cobbled streets and take in the sights and sounds of sizzling brats and accordion music. Visit the Icicle River that meanders through town. Warmer weather brings top-notch camping, hiking, and water rafting on the nearby Wenatchee River. Foodies can savor local farm fresh foods and experience one of a kind wine country.
Nature lovers flock to Jackson to experience two of America’s most famous national parks: Grand Teton and Yellowstone. Jackson is aptly decorated with antler sheds that are arranged in artistic arches around town. You might not be surprised to learn their National Elk Refuge has protected one of the world’s largest herds of elk. The surrounding area is rich with wildlife. Jackson most notably attracts visitors from all over the world for the premiere skiing at the local mountain resort.
Hood River, Oregon
It doesn’t matter where you are in town, you can see the magnificent Mount Hood. An hour outside of Portland and an hour from Mount Hood’s ski resort, Hood River is central to some serious fun. Visit the stunning Multnomah Falls or go hike in the Columbia River Gorge. The nearby countryside offers some of the best wine tasting tours, breweries, and distilleries. Skip over to Portland for farmers’ markets or outdoor music events. Get your adventure fix and let the kids run wild at adventure park near Mt. Hood.
Stowe prides itself as a ski resort town that has it all; winter sports, cozy lodges, spas, award-winning food, and community events like their famous Winter Carnival and summertime Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival. Each season has no shortage of activities and the surrounding area offers hiking, mountain biking, or even rollerblading. Their Stowe Recreation Path offers a paved path leading from town site to the ski resort. Shuttles are offered to make your vacation that much easier without the hassle of driving around.
On the Kenai peninsula sits Homer, a quaint town touted as “Halibut fishing capital of the world.” They host annual king salmon tournaments and halibut derbies. The Homer Spit is a stretch of land that goes far out into the bay with a rich historical background you can learn about at the local museum. Visitors can go sea kayaking, sailing, and paddle boarding. The fresh fish, downtown shopping, and spectacular views of ocean and mountains will have you refreshed and rejuvenated in no time.
Blue Ridge, Georgia
An hour outside of Atlanta, slow down and escape in the picturesque Blue Ridge mountains. Rent a rustic cabin and rest after a day of whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River. Or, sit back and relax while you float down the Toccoa River. Travelers take advantage of water sports on Blue Ridge Lake. Hikers and campers trek the infamous Appalachian Trail. Charming shops and a variety of acclaimed eateries line the streets. For the adventurous, there is an outdoor adventure race held annually, with course variations each year from running, canoeing, biking, climbing, and other activities that’ll get your heart pumping.
Near the Nevada border, Truckee is a special town in the rolling mountains of the Sierra Nevada near the glistening Lake Tahoe. Curl up by the fireside from the comfort of a romantic cabin. Drink in the warm summer weather with a bike ride on their scenic paved Truckee trails. Nearby ski resorts provide the usual exhilarating activities. Other attractions include golfing, camping, hiking, wine tasting, and horseback riding.
There you have it—10 reasons to get out of dodge and visit one of the 10 most amazing mountain towns. Memories await for those who get out and explore. These unassuming towns are rich with activities everyone in your group can enjoy.
Lee Forbes is a Florida native and real estate broker in the sunshine state. Upon his family travels, Lee and his wife Mindy fell in love with the quaint town of Blue Ridge Georgia and the many attractions to be found in the Great Smoky Mountains. Now, for the past few years, we have had “Georgia on Our Minds” along with cabin fever!