It is not a big surprise that these towns have widely been considered as favorites by several tourists, or by others who have made them their home. So whether you plan to hit some skiing resort or just want to get away from the urban noise to experience a bit of peace, nature and some local mountain vibe, you’ll have little problem of finding either of them in any of these US mountain towns featured here.
At one time, Aspen was not only the best mountain town, but the best overall town in the US. The well-deserved recognition doesn’t only rest on its gorgeous alpine scenery, but also on its wealth of activities and festivals as well as friendly — and sensible — locals. You may get to star-gaze too as Aspen is a favorite winter spot by many celebrities. Even if the mountains turn green during the spring and summer, Aspen still makes for a wonderful place whether you want to make it as a home or you just want to have a short getaway from the city.
This statutory town in Larimer County, Colorado is generally known as the headquarters for the Rocky Mountain National Park, but there’s definitely something more about this place than that. The activity is also bustling at the foot of the mountains, with excellent hotel amenities (such as the famous Saddle and Surrey), nice boutiques and cool souvenir/gift shops. Not to mention that Estes Park features a beautiful town scenery that looks good in every angle — from sunup to sundown.
The city and the seat of Taos County is situated at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. While Taos is not as big as the other mountain towns, it makes up for its character and charm. You might find yourself stepping back in time as the city abounds with pretty adobe buildings at the main plaza and along the streets. You’ll find plenty of activities there — from mountain sports to hot air ballooning. Plus, you’ll get soaked up by art as Taos is also an artists’ paradise, boasting over 80 art galleries. You may want to include Taos in your bucket list if you love both art and nature.
At the base of the Adirondack Mountains is a famous village called Lake Placid, which is named after a similarly-named lake (which is situated on the village’s northern side). It previously earned renown as the site the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. This town is peaceful and obviously scenic, but it also has plenty of activities, lodgings and amenities to offer.
Down below the Green Mountains is a tiny town called Stowe. It first earned popularity as summer getaway destination for the urbanites who wanted to escape the lowland heat. Eventually, Stowe became popular as a skiing haven, and it is still chiefly known as such. It is also popular for other mountain activities such as hiking, biking, and of course, skiing. Stowe is also the place to go if you want to catch its utterly traditional Fourth of July celebrations.
Eureka Springs is loaded with old-town charm. In fact, this gem of a city in the Ozark Mountains is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which names it as the Eureka Springs Historic District. Fall in love with its fascinating Victorian-era buildings, and make the most of the “step-back-in-time” moment by riding the antique trolley to explore the entire town. Beyond the charming antique buildings, Eureka Springs offers a variety of attractions and activities like zip-lining, cave tours, and visits to the Thorncrown Chapel, a breathtakingly gorgeous glass chapel in the middle of the forest.