Now that the summer has officially come to a close and the falls months are upon us, you might be thinking about what you’ll be up to over the next six months. In fact, if you’re like most other folks, then you’re beginning to think about what possible winter vacations are out there! And you naturally don’t want to break the bank, so you’re wondering about what kind of mountain experiences are to be found in the good ol’ USA!
Well, that’s what we’ve got covered on this list. Below, we’re going to share our top 20 picks for the best mountain towns in the United States. Some of these spots are definitely perfect for you winter-sports enthusiasts out there, while others might offer something a bit different. One thing is the same between every little town on the list we’ve provided. Each offers more natural beauty than you can shake a stick at, and each would make an ideal vacation destination for you and yours this winter.
So, what are the 20 best mountain towns in the United States? Let’s find out! Take a look at the list we’ve put together below…
1. Crested Butte (Colorado)
If you’re looking for a pristine, snow-covered place to travel to this winter, then you’ll find all of your needs met here.
2. Sitka (Alaska)
There aren’t many mountain towns in the United States where you can check out a dormant volcano. Sitka is one of them…
3. Bend (Oregon)
Experience the culture of the Pacific Northwest, and all while enjoying the experience of being in a great ski town.
4. Park City (Utah)
Set in an ideal environment, there’s something old-school about this town that many traveller will find simply infectious.
5. Asheville (North Carolina)
Home to some great hotels and some incredible views, you’ll find it hard to dislike a vacation in Asheville.
6. Ketchum (Idaho)
You may think of potatoes when you think of Idaho, but when you visit Ketchum, you’ll start thinking of amazing mountain towns!
7. Harpers Ferry (West Virginia)
If you want to take those country roads back to West Virginia, then make sure those country roads lead here.
8. Gatlinburg (Tennessee)
With easy access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there’s not much to dislike about the surprisingly exciting small town.
9. Breckenridge (Colorado)
It’s one of the most famous mountain towns in the entire world, and that’s for some really good reasons. The skiing is incredible!
10. Snowmass (Colorado)
We’ve got a lot of Colorado towns on this list, but this one might be sneakily the best for you ski bums out there!
11. Taos (New Mexico)
This is as close as you can get to a Spanish experience inside the contiguous 48 states!
12. Ouray (Colorado)
This small Colorado town has rightfully earned its reputation as the Switzerland of the Americas.
13. Frisco (Colorado)
Looking for a Colorado town that offers some of that old-West flavor? Then why not become the next Frisco Kid?
14. Lake Placid (New York)
Having hosted the Winter Olympics two times, you definitely know why we’ve put Lake Placid on our list.
15. Shenandoah County (Virginia)
Virginia is a state of incredible contrasts, and this county offers the best of the state’s mountain culture.
16. Jackson (Wyoming)
It’s one of the most famous mountain towns in the world, and that’s for good reason – if you ask us.
17. Sedona (Arizona)
Home to vortexes, and incredible landscape, and some incredible culture, you’d have to be coldhearted to hate Sedona.
18. Stowe (Vermont)
When you’re looking for the quintessential New England ski town experience, accept no substitute for Stowe.
19. Deadwood (South Dakota)
Tucked in between the soaring peaks, this town is a living homage to the days of the gold rush.
20. Livingston (Montana)
Here you can experience the reasons why Montana is called Big Sky Country, and all while enjoying a surprisingly exciting little town.