I like to say that there are two types of people in the world: those who love the beach, and those who prefer the expanse of a rugged mountain backdrop. Personally, I can do without the beach and the sand that infiltrates everything. Mountains remind me of just how small I really am, and how much more there is to explore. While most of us did not get out or explore as much as we would have preferred this year, our readers were hard at work preparing for future trips as they read up on all of the enchanting destinations they want to explore in 2021. These were the most popular mountain town articles of 2020 according to our readers. I hope they inspire you to begin planning your next getaway soon.
Grand Lake, Colorado
Grand Lake sits near the headwaters of the Colorado River and is a nature lover's haven. This charming mountain town offers up picturesque hikes, tasty food, and much, much more. See how to make the most of a beautiful weekend in the truly grand Grand Lake.
Taos, New Mexico
A unique mountain town that’s rich in history, Taos showcases its signature adobe architecture, which sets it apart from many other mountain towns. Located an hour and a half north of Santa Fe, this mountain retreat is secluded yet still accessible from New Mexico's population center. Read our suggestions for how to spend a perfect weekend in Taos.
Redfish Lake, Idaho
Just north of the popular ski resort of Sun Valley in central Idaho, you will find the stunning Redfish Lake tucked into the Sawtooth Mountains. You won't want to miss this crystal clear alpine lake during your next visit to Idaho. Here are eight reasons to add Redfish Lake, Idaho to your travel plans this year.
Sedona is more than just the beautiful red rock landscape that initially attracts visitors to the area. Once in town, enjoy all of the natural beauty along with the great food, art, and charm that the area has to offer. These are our picks for the 11 best must-see spots in Sedona.
Mammoth Lakes, California
Mammoth Lakes is a great destination in the winter as a popular ski area, but don't let that deter you from visiting in the summer as well. The summer brings great opportunities for hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities to keep you busy for days. Here are the best things to do in Mammoth Lakes during the summer months.
Asheville, North Carolina
The Appalachian Mountains might be less grand than the Rockies, but they provide a beauty all their own. Nestled among the eastern edge of the Appalachians, Asheville, North Carolina, has become a haven for local micro-breweries with more than 50 in the area. Here are our writer's picks for the best breweries for you to experience in Asheville.
The Green Mountains of Vermont are a beautiful backdrop for the charming town of Quechee. Those who love nature will feel right at home. Depending on the time of year you visit, opportunities for both hiking and skiing abound. Here are our suggestions for how to spend a perfect weekend in Quechee.
Whitefish makes a great staging area for exploring nearby Glacier National Park. But it is also a great destination to explore on its own, so don't make the mistake of just passing through quickly. Read our recommendations for the best things to see and do in Whitefish, Montana, to make the most of your time in town.
As you plan travel for this next year, keep these mountain locales in mind. If you are interested in learning more about the best locations for skiing, hiking, or other outdoor activities, we've got you covered! For more mountain charm, check out these Colorado towns that will make you feel like you're in a Hallmark Christmas Movie.