If you’re into hiking, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking or other elevation-centric sports, you’re likely already a fan of mountain towns—those charming, adventure-friendly locales tucked into the hills. But mountain towns are also great places to take it easy, too: From world-class food and libations to their unmatched tranquil beauty, they offer an ideal way to escape the daily grind and relax.
Below, we’ve rounded up of some of our favorite mountain towns across the U.S. and included a few more far-flung destinations for good measure (scroll toward the end of the list to browse those). When you’re itching for a trip that blends the best of rugged and relaxed, explore mountain towns and their epic trails, microbrews, lakes, and scenic views. For a real recharge, spend some time at altitude.
The Best Mountain Towns Around the World
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