Worth a visit: America’s 25 most impressive mountain towns
Are you a fan of magnificent hills and breathtaking landscapes? Then these mountain cities should be on your list when you plan your next vacation - and this moment will certainly come, despite the total quarantine that the United States and the whole world are experiencing now. Reader's Digest invites you to pay attention to the 25 most impressive mountain cities in America.
Dalonega is a fabulous place located in the mountains of North Georgia and striking with its breathtaking scenery and rural charm. Sip local wines in the tasting rooms surrounding the main square, visit the Gold Museum, go to the 1836 courthouse, or head to Amicola Falls State Park.
Asheville, North Carolina
Take an excursion to Biltmore Manor (George Washington's Vanderbilt mansion and the most famous house in the state) and the North Carolina Arboretum for a rejuvenating massage at Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville. This American-style Alpine paradise also spans 17 farmers markets that sell seasonal produce, freshly baked bread, and homemade cheeses.
Planning a trip to Tennessee? Townsend definitely deserves a pit stop. Firstly, this is one of the three “gates” to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But the sights do not end there. In the caves of Takalichi there are underground passages, stalagmites and stalactites, and in the cellars of Cades Cove you can drink a sip of another wine.
Located on the top of Lookout Mountain in DeCalbes County, Menton, the highest city in the state, is a quiet community with fresh air, birds chirping and fragrant wildflowers. Without a doubt, you will want to enjoy the nature on the mountain near you - try hiking in the DeSoto Falls.
Bottino, North Dakota
Located at the foot of Turtle Mountain, Bottino is a bastion of natural beauty. Endless events, warm hospitality and mouth-watering traditions (who can miss the chance to try the famous vanilla ice cream at Pride Dairy?) Make this a friendly place to visit all year round.
Thompsonville is a tiny village next to Mount Crystal. The all-year-round resort offers ski lifts, rock climbing, laser tag, golf and classic accommodation. Take a look at Michigan Art Heritage Park, a 30-acre sculpture park with long walking trails and an outdoor amphitheater.
Kentucky conjures up images of horse racing, bourbon and baseball. But not only. Whitesburg is a former coal-mining enclave that now boasts creative surroundings. The area, once forgotten by people, began a new life not so long ago: it is full of new bars, studios and places where you can listen to live music. Travelers wishing to socialize with nature should head to Mount Pine.
Custer, South Dakota
Located at the edge of Custer State Park, Crown Jewel of the Black Hills is almost like Disney World. The city has a unique character and history. Bonus: Famous attractions such as Mount Rushmore, Mad Horse Monument and Wind Cave National Park are within walking distance.
Sun Valley, Idaho
Whether you are a beginner or a professional skier, in Sun Valley you will find slopes suitable for all skill levels. Dog sledding and ice skating are also available here. Scenic walks, golfing and rafting are good reasons to visit this place in the summer. And there are wonderful restaurants and shops.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Originally a fur trading hub, Jackson Hole remains faithful to its Old West roots and offers many outdoor adventures. This is the perfect base camp for exploring the beauties of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Ready to unpack your gear? You can splurge on Amangani Resort or stay at Anvil Hotel, a renovated 1950s house in the city center. Did you know that Teton County is one of the 10 places in America where people live the longest?
Located three hours southeast of Portland, on the Deshouts River, Bend is the antidote to longing. Mild weather and 300 sunny days a year mean the opportunity to enjoy nature in the fresh air 24/7/365. Take a walk along the promenade or go up to the Pilot Bayot volcano. In case it rains, you can always go to the High Desert Museum.
There are tons of hidden treasures in this state - and Darby is one of them. Surrounded by the Bitterroot Mountains, Darby exudes the spirit of the real American West. This charming city offers landscaped parks, trails for travelers of all skill levels and authentic lodging.
Aspen attracts a crowd of people with the possibility of outdoor recreation and an exceptional reputation (high-class restaurants, boutiques and five-star hotels). Winter and snow-capped peaks add color to this place. Hiking, cycling and horse riding complete the irresistible landscape. Be sure to visit the Wheeler Opera House, built during the 19th-century mountain boom.
Flagstaff is much more than an excellent base for exploring such famous sights as the Grand Canyon and Route 66. For starters, it is located next to North America’s largest Ponderosa pine forest. Access to Humphries Peak (Arizona's highest mountain) is definitely another feather in her hat! Want to know where to stay? Set up a tent in one of the many campsites, rent a motor home or a cozy separate house.
Park City Utah
Located high in the Wasatch Mountains, Park City is known for its beautiful slopes. The Holy Grail for winter sports enthusiasts boasts two world-class resorts and over 400 miles of pistes. And in the summer, these are luxury hotels and spas.
From fishing and hiking to cross-country skiing and snowboarding, this city, once associated with the gold rush, offers entertainment at any time of the year. In addition, thrill seekers can ride a gondola. A great idea is to get to know the Telluride Museum of History and watch the show at the Sheridan Opera House.
Woodstock, New York
Woodstock, better known as the mastermind of the legendary music festival, can do a lot. Artists, dreamers and freethinkers have long flocked to this hippie paradise. No matter how many decades pass, its laid-back atmosphere will never collapse. The idyllic landscape abounds with trees, family farms and scenic peaks, including Mount Overluk. By the way, it’s cheaper to come to Woodstock in the fall.
Carrabassett Valley, Maine
This city, located in western Maine, is worth a visit in winter or summer. Inveterate skiers and snowboarders gather on Mount Sugarlof in the snowy season. When the temperature rises, fans of hiking and cycling come here (they recommend visiting the Bigelow Nature Reserve and the Appalachian Trail. Fewer people are another reason to come to Carrabassett Valley in the summer.
North Conway, New Hampshire
New Hampshire is sometimes undeservedly forgotten when planning trips, but North Conway can change that. Its hills, glistening lakes and sprawling forests are the perfect landscape for postcards. For the night you can stay at the Stonehurst estate.
If you're not a Pennsylvania native, Ligonier is probably not on your radar. And in vain. This typical small town, built in the 1760s, is replete with historical monuments and traditional architecture. Traveling with kids? There are many green spaces and family events. Summer vacations are complete without a visit to Idlewild & SoakZone, the most popular amusement park in the area. The snowy period lasts from late November to early April.
Fish Camp, California
The most important thing in Fish Camp is that it is a 10-minute drive from the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park. However, travelers should not rush. Located at an altitude of 4990 feet (1520 meters), this tiny settlement attracts the charm of high-rise views and unusual hotels. For a full-service resort, consider Tenaya Lodge.
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Truckee, located on the border of California and Nevada, is touted as "a real city with unreal backyards." It is magnificent - from the sparkling water and sandy shores of Lake Tahoe to the Donner Memorial State Park, which has campsites, multi-purpose trails and climbing sites. The Boka Reservoir offers salmon fishing.
Need a break from the hustle and bustle? This city attracts with a relaxed atmosphere, and maybe with shops and cafes located so well. The smell of cedar and pine floating in the air encourages visitors to stop. Although this is not a reason to sit back, especially when you can organize fantastic hiking, fishing and picnics.
South Lake Tahoe, California
Beaches, ski resorts, and forests are just some of the reasons California people and visitors love this city. Spend a few days enjoying the spectacular views from the Heavenly Gondola, taking an exciting off-road excursion or wandering through forest paths through Van Sickle State Park. To enjoy high stakes, head to the casino in nearby State Line, Nevada.
Located near the mouth of the Copper River in Prince William Sound, Cordoba is full of crystal clear water, dense forests, narrow mountain ranges, jagged peaks, and wetlands. In summer you can go fishing and kayaking, and in winter you can go skiing and take glacier tours. Wildlife photography is a popular pastime all year long.
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