The Best Mountain Towns for Summer

Ditch the beach and head to one of these mountain towns for an unbelievable getaway

Typically considered winter destinations, mountain towns are most famous for their snowy slopes, remote cabins and hot chocolate. It’s not hard to see why we think of them as cold weather spots, but those looking for a warm weather getaway should give these towns a second look. [slideshow:1392]

Instead of taking the typical summer trip to a crowded beach, consider a vacation that might be a bit easier on your wallet. The same places that charge a premium for slope side accommodations in the colder months usually offer great deals in the summer—and there’s no shortage of things to do.

Get outside and enjoy the mountains while biking in Crested Butte, paddling in an alpine lake in Banff or hiking in Stowe; mountain towns like these offer seemingly endless opportunities to explore outdoors and if that’s not your style, many of the towns are also cultural and artistic hubs.

This summer, ditch the beach and head to one of these mountain towns for an unbelievable getaway.

Bend, Oregon

This once-obscure adventure travel mecca is a must-visit mountain town for anyone who loves the great outdoors. Hiking, biking, fishing, rafting, rock climbing—you name it, you’ll likely find it around Bend. Head up into the Cascades for some incredible mountain biking (almost 300 miles of singletrack) or dip your paddle into the Deschutes River for a wild and refreshing ride. After your adventures, check out one of the many summer events, concerts or festivals or enjoy the thriving food and drink scene. Whatever you’re into, it’s a safe bet Bend is the ideal summer setting.

Roanoke, Virginia

The “Star City of the South” is best known as the recreational and cultural gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains. From the many museums and award-winning wineries to Dixie Caverns and popular craft breweries, there is no shortage of things to do in town. Venture farther outdoors to experience top-tier fishing, paddling and biking among the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains.

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