Where Europe has alpine villages, the United States has mountain towns. Most of these mountain towns can be found high up in the Colorado Rockies or in the Pacific Coast Ranges of California, Washington, or Oregon. With a combination of rugged peaks and American cowboy culture, these mountain towns are the best places to soak up the high altitude air. These are the 25 most breathtaking mountain towns In The United States.
Mammoth Lakes, California
As one of California’s premier alpine resorts, Mammoth Lakes provides a great jumping off point for skiers, climbers, and hikers. It has one of the longest snow seasons on the continent with slopes sometimes staying open for more than 10 months out of the year.
South Lake Tahoe, California
Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America and South Lake Tahoe is the largest city on the lake. With miles of beaches surrounded by the high Sierra Nevadas, there is perhaps no better place for outdoor enthusiasts.
Jackson’s location right up against the Teton Range provides some striking background scenery for residents.
Located on a high meadow surrounded by mountains, Allenspark is a good place to soak in the alpine vistas, snow capped peaks, and glacial basins.
Grand Lake, Colorado
Found on the shores of Grand Lake, the largest natural body of water in Colorado, the Rocky Mountain National Park surrounds the lake and town on three sides.
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