Tired of beaches? Looking for higher altitudes? Lucky for you, the United States is full of gorgeous views that give you a taste of what a bird’s eye view would look like. If you want to experience stunning views from the mountains, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most beautiful mountain towns in America.
Jackson Hole, WY
Jackson Hole is surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery that supplies all sorts of outdoor adventure opportunities. Go whitewater rafting, or take the aerial tram to the top of Rendezvous Mountain for one of the best views in the state.
The Rocky Mountains of Colorado
Move over Aspen—Telluride is one of the most majestic mountain towns in America. Honored as a top ski resort town in Colorado, it’s also a complete gem in the warmer months. There’s hiking if you want it, but Telluride also hosts many top tier music festivals.
Another great mountain town to visit is Canyon City. You can enjoy rafting the Arkansas River, hiking, and awesome camping. There are many family friendly destinations in this area of the Rockies so bring the whole family for some summer fun.
Sisters is full of hikers, paddlers, bird watchers, and horseback riders—all adventurers are welcome here. At the end of your eventful day, unwind at their world-class resorts and spas.
Park City, UT
Park City is home to all sorts of warm-weather water activities, such as fishing and boating. This gorgeous and historic town is also home to the Sundance Film Festival.
The ski capital of the east, Stowe has a charming town center and endless ski resorts. You won’t want to miss the many hiking and biking trails that run through this mesmerizing city.
Hamilton is a charming area with an emerging arts scene, local theater, and other fun local events. The nature surrounding this city boasts pristine forests and the Bitterroot Mountain range.
Some say it’s the Portland, Oregon, of the south because it contains numerous microbreweries, coffeehouses, and creative types. Explore the Blue Ridge Mountains at your own pace, or head into a farm-to-table restaurant for some live music.
Eureka Springs, AK
There’s so much to behold in this small town. From zip-lining to cave tours, Eureka Springs combines old-world sophistication and a rustic, laid-back atmosphere. The Ozark Mountains leave a stunning backdrop to this town and are perfect to explore in the spring.
Nestled in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, Whitefish is right next to Glacier National Park—a reserve full of valleys, lakes, and glacier peaks. It’s also one of the best places in the U.S. for backcountry hiking!
Visiting Woodstock is like traveling back into 19th century Britain. It’s a gorgeous destination all year long, but the hike to the top of Mount Tom is especially beautiful during the spring and summer.
A stunning mountain view is almost always in sight in Taos. Check out the hot springs, or ride high in a hot air balloon—either way, you don’t want to miss this bewitching town.
Gatlinburg is right on the border of the Great Smokey Mountains. Go fishing, horseback riding, or whitewater rafting, and then check out all the downtown wineries and breweries.