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50 Best Small Mountain Towns in the U.S.

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Small towns and wide-open landscapes are great places to be. Some small towns are lucky enough to be tucked into the mountains where people can explore on foot, bike, and skis — all with hardly another person in sight. These are the best small mountain towns with populations of about 10,000 or fewer that are filled with charm and scenic adventures you’ll love. Mountain cabins are easy to find, but there are also some luxurious properties for a getaway into the hills of the U.S. We list some favorites for you to enjoy, too. Note: We may earn money from affiliate partners if you buy through links on our site.

Taos, New Mexico

Elevation: 6,969 feet
Population: 5,971

A visit to this New Mexico mountain town will have you meeting and mingling with artisans and craftsmen in an array of galleries and shops. The adobe pueblo-style architecture lends a unique backdrop to your vacation photos, and in the winter months, Taos becomes a quiet ski destination with its mountain blanketed in snow. Visit Taos.

Where to Stay in Taos

Located right in the heart of town is the 45-room Historic Taos Inn, nicknamed the “Living Room of Taos.” Each guest room has its own unique style, and live entertainment is provided nightly, with its restaurant and bar serving up New Mexican fare. Book it: Online

Ketchum, Idaho

Elevation: 5,853 feet
Population: 2,827

Downtown Ketchum runs itself to where the mountains soar and beckons visitors and residents alike to take to the hills. When it’s warm, hiking and biking trails are plentiful. When the snow arrives, the mountains become world-class ski slopes in Sun Valley. And everyone comes down from the mountains no matter what the season to enjoy downtown’s entertainment, dining, and shopping. Visit Ketchum.

Where to Stay in Ketchum

The Limelight Hotel has become one of Sun Valley’s most popular hotels, aiming to bring its guests into the surrounding outdoors with bicycle rentals and adventures. When you’re at the hotel, you can stay outdoors and enjoy the views from the outdoor pool, hot tubs, and the plaza’s giant lounge chairs (and perhaps partake in a drink or two since it’s vacay!). Book it: Online

Telluride, Colorado

Elevation: 8,750 feet
Population: 2,484

What was a mining town during the Victorian era has become today’s charming town of Telluride. Colorado’s Rocky Mountains are filled with many quaint mountain towns that welcome summer hikers and winter skiers, but somehow, strolling the streets of this San Juan Mountain spot makes you imagine life in the West more than 100 years ago. Plus, this town is home to great events like the Telluride Jazz Fest, Telluride Mountain Film Fest, and Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Visit Telluride.

Where to Stay in Telluride

If you’re going to visit a ski town during the winter months, there isn’t anything better than a ski-in, ski-out home away from home. Hotel Telluride offers you a basecamp for your adventures while lending the feel of a European chalet. Its location is also near the historic town’s shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Book it: Online

Ellijay, Georgia

Elevation: 1,280 feet
Population: 1,711

In the North Georgia Mountains, this “Apple Capital of Georgia” is found at the southernmost end of the Appalachian Trail. While its apples draw visitors every fall, especially during the annual festival it hosts in October, this small town of roughly 2,000 people is filled with antique shops and restaurants to enjoy after spending time hiking and biking in the area’s natural beauty. Visit Ellijay.

Where to Stay in Ellijay

Enjoy Southern charm with a stay at the Ellijay River House Bed and Breakfast. This craftsman home built in 1915 is a riverfront, adults-only B&B within walking distance of Downtown Ellijay’s shops and dining. And just look at that porch. All you need is some sweet tea and a good book. Book it: Online

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Elevation: 1,260 feet
Population: 2,091

Enjoy the Ozark Mountains with more Victorian stylings in Eureka Springs. It, too, has a preserved downtown with shops, galleries, and restaurants housed within the town’s original structures. However, what makes it unique are the area’s natural hot springs. Visit Eureka Springs.

Where to Stay in Eureka Springs

If you’re going to visit a Victorian town, why not stay at a hotel that began in 1886? Crescent Hotel and Spa is a member of Historic Hotels & Spas of America and has served as the leading hotel for the town since its opening. The hotel offers 15 acres of walking trails and gardens and provides events and activities to ensure guests are fully enjoying Eureka Springs. Book it: Online

Big Bear Lake, California

Elevation: 6,752 feet
Population: 5,281

Southern California mostly gets touted for its beaches, but this small town surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest provides another reprieve complete with cool lake waters. In the winter, the town becomes a ski resort with Snow Summit serving as SoCal’s four-season getaway. Visit Big Bear Lake.

Where to Stay in Big Bear Lake

Fully enjoy your stay in the San Bernardino Mountains at the Club at Big Bear Village. Here you’ll find two- to four-bedroom cabin-style suites outfitted with living and dining areas with fireplaces, full kitchens, and room for the entire family. Nearby, enjoy the lake with water skiing, wakeboarding, and boat rentals, or hike and bike in the hills. Book it: Online

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Elevation: 1,289 feet
Population: 4,144

Nestled at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains and the national park of the same name, Gatlinburg is your entryway into the 520,000-acre park and its miles of trails. As the most-visited national park in America, Gatlinburg is ready and able to accommodate all who come with entertainment, restaurants, shops, and accommodations that don’t involve sleeping in a tent. Visit Gatlinburg.

Where to Stay in Gatlinburg

Do the Smokies right by staying in a rustic cabin such as that found at the Lodge at Buckberry Creek. But this isn’t roughing it in the least. This luxurious resort is returning to its Gilded Age beginnings and expanding with one- to three-bedroom suites, a swimming pool, and an onsite restaurant. Book it: Online

Lake Placid, New York

Elevation: 1,801 feet
Population: 2,509

The town that rests upon the lake of the same name, as well as Mirror Lake, provides a crisp-air getaway in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York. Stroll along its tourist-friendly sidewalks in the heart of town for shopping and dining, and make your way to the museum that celebrates Lake Placid’s history as host of two Winter Olympics. In the winter, its Whiteface Mountain becomes central to the fun. Visit Lake Placid.

Where to Stay in Lake Placid

Don’t visit a mountain lake town without staying on a lake. Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa provides a private beach and access to the lake so you can do just that. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Mirror Lake Inn has won awards for its service and accommodations, and you won’t be disappointed in this pampering place. Book it: Online

Leavenworth, Washington

Elevation: 1,171 feet
Population: 2,010

Find a bit of Bavaria in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State when you visit Leavenworth. Its alpine stylings make for a fairytale setting, and it’s home to a Nutcracker Museum with thousands of nutcrackers. Of course, this bodes well for a winter getaway with nearby skiing, but visit during the fall for Oktoberfests with German beer or in the summer when Washington’s vineyard wineries are producing crisp white wines. Visit Leavenworth.

Where to Stay in Leavenworth

Keep the German spirit going with a stay at Leavenworth’s Bavarian Lodge. Located within the Bavarian Village, you’ll be able to walk out the door to get to the town’s shops, restaurants, and hiking and biking trails. Inside are rustic stylings befitting its mountain location. Book it: Online

Bryson City, North Carolina

Elevation: 1,752 feet
Population: 1,450

Another gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains can be found in North Carolina. The residents of Bryson City know they are lucky to have the mountains surrounding them along with the Tuckasegee River for fishing, kayaking, and rafting. This Appalachian town offers trails to scenic overlooks, refreshing waterfalls, and lakes that make this an outdoor paradise. Visit Bryson City.

Where to Stay in Bryson City

You can enjoy the heart of town with a stay at the Everett Hotel, a landmark of Bryson City’s historic district. Formerly a bank at the turn of the 20th century, the hotel reclaimed it to transform into a lovely boutique property with a rooftop patio for taking in the mountain views. Book it: Online

Park City, Utah

Elevation: 7,000 feet
Population: 7,822

Famous for being a high-end skiing destination, Park City hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics within its Wasatch Range. You may spot celebs strolling its Main Street, a modern luxury shop-filled street that still retains its architecture from the Victorian mining days. Festivals and top chef dining round out a visit to this intimate mountain town. Visit Park City.

Where to Stay in Park City

Deer Valley Resort is the top of the line for Park City fun, so stay at the Chateaux Deer Valley for four-star accommodations. For 20 years, the stone- and wood cabin-inspired resort has provided suites with one to four bedrooms with fireplaces, wood-beamed ceilings, separate living and sleeping quarters, and full kitchens. Outside of your suite, the resort makes it easy to enjoy the mountains with hiking and biking trails nearby. Book it: Online

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Elevation: 489 feet
Population: 281

Where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet within the Appalachian Mountains you can find the historic town of Harpers Ferry. From the town’s 19th-century architecture and its place in history highlighted at the National Historical Park, the town also boasts river rafting and hiking trails in its adventure offerings. Visit Harpers Ferry.

Where to Stay in Harpers Ferry

While many hotels in Harpers Valley are run-of-the-mill chains, Hillbrook Inn and Spa is a delightful five-building, home-styled bed and breakfast, situated on land that was originally owned by George Washington. Only 19 suites are available in this elegant B&B with a spa, onsite dining, and pet-friendly accommodations. Book it: Online

Manchester, Vermont

Elevation: 899 feet
Population: 4,258

Within the Green Mountains of Southern Vermont, you’ll find Manchester. Easily accessible from Boston or New York, this is your quintessential New England town that is filled with colonial homes, white-picket fences, and old-growth trees that turn vibrant colors throughout the fall. Visit Manchester.

Where to Stay in Manchester

What fun Kimpton hotels can be. Not only are they boutique properties, but they also offer unique perks like complimentary bicycle rentals, pet goldfish for your room, and free happy hour mingling opportunities to meet other hotel guests. At the Taconic Hotel in Manchester, you’ll also find a lovely front porch to sit and enjoy the surroundings like a true New Englander. Book it: Online

Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

Elevation: 730 feet
Population: 4,659

The Pocono Mountains is home to a town named for the great Native American athlete Jim Thorpe (although he grew up in Oklahoma). Deep within the Lehigh Gorge, this Victorian-era mining town serves as a hub to the area’s hiking trails that lead to some of the state’s most beautiful waterfalls. There are lots of shops and restaurants, not to mention outdoor adventure outfitters that will take you river rafting and exploring the hills. Visit Jim Thorpe.

Where to Stay in Jim Thorpe

Along with most of the town, the Harry Packer Mansion Inn boasts historic Victorian architecture from its location in the heart of town. If it looks familiar, it is because this home was the model for the haunted mansion at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland! To play up on the fun, the inn hosts Murder Mystery weekends and other events surrounding its supposed hauntings. Book it: Online

Hood River, Oregon

Elevation: 160 feet
Population: 7,167

This small town in Oregon can be found along the state’s rafting adventure river, the Columbia, which is why it has one of the lowest elevations on this list. However, its location as a port within the Cascade Range is at the base of Mount Hood, where hiking and mountain biking are plentiful. The mountain town also lies within Oregon’s large wine region, and beyond the wineries and vineyards, you’ll find craft breweries and farm-to-table restaurants. Visit Hood River.

Where to Stay in Hood River

If you’re looking for stunning views, look no further than the Columbia Gorge Hotel & Spa, which overlooks the Columbia River. Situated on 7 acres, the four-star property provides guest rooms so comfortable that, during its original heyday, it welcomed the likes of Shirley Temple and President Calvin Coolidge. Book it: Online

North Conway, New Hampshire

Elevation: 525 feet
Population: 2,349

Deep within the White Mountains and minutes from the Presidential Range, North Conway is the overnight place you’ll retreat to when you aren’t climbing Mount Washington, skiing Bretton Woods, or rafting along the Saco River. This small mountain town features restaurants, art galleries, and mountain decor shops. Visit North Conway.

Where to Stay in North Conway

One of the last of the grand resorts that were once the summer playgrounds of the wealthiest citizens of New York and Boston at the turn of the 20th century, the Omni-owned Mount Washington hotel is an old-school hideaway. A wraparound porch with rocking chairs looks upon the Presidential Range, and multiple restaurants, activities, and a spa make the resort a place you may never want to leave. Book it: Online

Whitefish, Montana

Elevation: 3,028 feet
Population: 7,870

Whitefish has everything: mountains, lakes, skiing, shopping, and trails. The gateway to Glacier National Park, Whitefish is on the glacier-made Whitefish Lake, which allows for boats, kayaks, and swimming with a sand beach. In the winter, Whitefish Mountain Resort is a ski haven. Out of the water and off the peak is the small town to enjoy a drink with newfound friends. Visit Whitefish.

Where to Stay in Whitefish

Stay at a classic Montana lodge at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake, which is both rustic and elegant at the same time. The lodge offers access to Whitefish Lake and the Viking Creek Wetland Preserve’s 28 acres for water-bound activities. It’s also just 10 minutes from Whitefish Mountain for skiing (it even provides a free shuttle). Book it: Online

Deadwood, South Dakota

Elevation: 4,531 feet
Population: 1,306

Step right into the old Wild West with a visit to Deadwood. This is a place where Wild Bill and Calamity Jane walked the once-dirt streets in the late 1800s dodging horses and bullets. Today, the town offers throwback saloons, rodeos and horsing events, and casinos. The town is surrounded by the Black Hills for outdoor explorations. Visit Deadwood.

Where to Stay in Deadwood

The Deadwood Mountain Grand is a hotel, entertainment complex, and casino, housed in the Homestake Mine Slime Plant. Vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows of the transformed factory provide modern and rustic rooms and suites. More than 40 different concerts and shows take place throughout the year at the property, which is home to the area’s only casino. Book it: Online

Warm Springs, Virginia

Elevation: 3,773 feet
Population: 2,945

As the town’s name implies, Warm Springs is situated above natural hot springs in Bath County. You can soak in the springs in the bathhouses known as the Jefferson Pools, aptly named for Thomas Jefferson who would come here to soak in the rich mineral waters said to improve health. Surrounding the town is the George Washington National Forest of the Allegheny Mountains with a tiny town that may not offer too much to do but serves you well when you visit. Visit Warm Springs.

Where to Stay in Warm Springs

Since 1766, the Omni Homestead Resort has stood out as the grande dame of the Allegheny Mountains. When visitors came to take to the springs, they stayed at this 2,000-acre historic property. A destination resort, it features multiple restaurants, shops, and entertainment and activities, including kids’ clubs and programming. Book it: Online

Cordova, Alaska

Elevation: 82 feet
Population: 2,160

Found at the mouth of the Copper River and overlooking the Prince William Sound, Cordova stands at the lowest elevation of small towns on this list, but its mountain peaks nearby are part of the Chugach Mountains. As with any small town in Alaska, you’ll enjoy a number of outdoor activities. However, not all of them feature glaciers to explore. Choose from the land or sea adventures (there’s skiing nearby), and pop into Cordova’s cultural center and museum. Visit Cordova.

Where to Stay in Cordova

Alaska’s bohemian lifestyle carries into its hotels. Try a stay at the Reluctant Fisherman Inn, which overlooks the Orca Inlet. Rooms feature views of the harbor from balconies, as does the inn’s restaurant. The marina filled with boats, the white-capped mountains in the distance, a seal popping up to say hello — this is true Alaska. Book it: Online

Anaconda, Montana

Elevation: 5,276 feet
Population: 9,131

Named for the mountain range in which it sits is Anaconda, which is just 8 miles from the Continental Divide. It’s the mountains and Deer Lodge National Forest that entertain its visitors, be it in the warm months or when snow-covered. You can boat and fish in Georgetown Lake, ski and board at Discovery Ski Area, and hike the Anaconda Pintler Wilderness, with a charming small town awaiting when you are ready to come back from the outdoors. Visit Anaconda.

Where to Stay in Anaconda

A destination resort, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort provides a place to relax under Montana’s Big Sky with two giant Olympic-sized swimming pools and two mineral-soaking pools, all heated by the area’s hot springs for you to enjoy their medicinal qualities. Book it: Online

Berkeley Springs, West Virginia

Elevation: 499 feet
Population: 601

Can you guess what Berkeley Springs is best known for? This is a spa town that has welcomed guests since Colonial times to enjoy its hot springs. Nicknamed “America’s First Spa,” Berkeley Springs is only 90 minutes from Greater Washington, D.C., and provides a host of full-service spas built around the hot springs as well as shops and dining that bring the city-folk to town. Visit Berkeley Springs.

Where to Stay in Berkeley Springs

There are more than 100 different places to stay in Berkeley Springs, including historic inns, bed and breakfasts, resorts, and cabins. Try the Country Inn, which first opened to visitors in 1933 and offers 70 guest rooms and suites. Book it: Online

Sonora, California

Elevation: 2,946 feet
Population: 4,870

A former mining town from California’s Gold Rush days, Sonora can be found in the Sierra Nevada foothills. As the “Queen of the Southern Mines,” its Main Street was once a rough and rowdy place but today is proudly one of California’s first Main Street cities due to its restoration and preservation programs. Visit Sonora.

Where to Stay in Sonora

You can step back into Victorian days with a stay at the Inn on Knowles Hill Bed and Breakfast, which overlooks the town from its hilly perch. The property, once the mansion of a gold mine investor, is surrounded by gardens and will have you feeling as if you are sitting in 1927 Sonora. Book it: Online

Littleton, New Hampshire

Elevation: 820 feet
Population: 5,928

A picturesque town located along the Connecticut River on the edge of the White Mountains, Littleton, New Hampshire, is very near the Vermont border. Downtown is a thriving area filled with local restaurants and shops and features a covered bridge for capturing some Insta shots. Nearby Parker Mountain offers 22 miles of all-season trails. Visit Littleton.

Where to Stay in Littleton

One of the last of the grand resorts that were once the summer playgrounds of the wealthiest citizens of New York and Boston at the turn of the 20th century, the Omni-owned Mount Washington hotel is an old-school hideaway. A wraparound porch with rocking chairs looks upon the Presidential Range, and multiple restaurants, activities, and a spa make the resort a place you may never want to leave. Book it: Online

Travelers Rest, South Carolina

Elevation: 1,096 feet
Population: 5,253

Part of the Greater Greenville area of South Carolina, Travelers Rest was and still is exactly as its name implies. Serving as a rest stop for travelers between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Carolina Low Country, this stopping point certainly offers rest and reprieve. From a 22-mile bikeway to nearby rafting and hiking, the town is filled with places to kick back and enjoy some Southern charm. Visit Travelers Rest.

Where to Stay in Travelers Rest

Take in the amazing views from the 30-acre Hotel Domestique, which operates with just 13 rooms. You’ll be enveloped in a European-style property and served high-end, locally sourced meals at the boutique hotel’s Restaurant 17. Book it: Online

Jacksonville, Oregon

Elevation: 1,569 feet
Population: 2,904

This small town surrounding Jackson Creek was originally a mining town that started the Oregon Gold Rush. The town itself is a National Historic Landmark (the first in America with such an honor), and visitors can explore the great outdoors in the Rogue Valley. The town is found in Oregon’s Wine Country, and you’ll have plenty of wineries in which to visit during your stay. Visit Jacksonville.

Where to Stay in Jacksonville

Jacksonville is such a small town that your accommodation options are limited to intimate inns and B&Bs. Try a stay at Jacksonville Inn, housed in an original mining-town building with eight rooms. Down the street are four cottages owned by the inn for a bit more privacy. Book it: Online

Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Elevation: 3,566 feet
Population: 1,307

The views from the Blowing Rock peaks for which this small town is named will blow you away. Overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains and Johns River Gorge, Grandfather Mountain (where Blowing Rock rests) is one of the most beloved hiking areas in the state. The town itself has its own trails, waterfalls, and gardens to explore. Visit Blowing Rock.

Where to Stay in Blowing Rock

You can’t miss The Barrington in its namesake town. Besides the stylish boutiques and art galleries on Main Street, you’ll be in the heart of the posh town that features museums, theater, and live music venues galore. Book it: Online

Breckenridge, Colorado

Elevation: 9,600 feet
Population: 5,020

Found at the base of Tenmile Ridge in the Rocky Mountains, this former Gold Rush town has been preserved by the National Historic District that keeps its Main Street buildings fresh in color. When you’re not shopping and dining, you’ll be in the mountains, especially when Breck gets covered in powder come wintertime. Visit Breckenridge.

Where to Stay in Breckenridge

Breckenridge provides a number of basecamp accommodations, most of which are condominium-style. Choose one to four bedrooms with full kitchens, living rooms, and ski-in/ski-out capabilities at Crystal Peak Lodge. Book it: Online

North Bend, Washington

Elevation: 440 feet
Population: 7,163

Outside of Seattle is a town made famous by the ’90s television show “Twin Peaks.” North Bend’s main peak, Mount Si, beckons hikers, and the area’s lakes and rivers are great for rafting and fishing. Nearby is Snoqualmie Falls, which cascades 268 feet. Snoqualmie Mountain is also a ski resort during the winter months. But if “Twin Peaks” is your thing, you can also attend the annual fan festival and visit the sites that served as locations for the show. Visit North Bend.

Where to Stay in North Bend

You can stay at the Salish Lodge, built in 1916 to overlook Snoqualmie Falls. Here, 86 rooms with fireplaces and (most with) views of the falls provide a romantic setting for a Pacific Northwest getaway. You can head into North Bend for dining or enjoy one of the two restaurants on site. Hiking trails can be accessed right from the front door. Book it: Online

Dahlonega, Georgia

Elevation: 1,450
Population: 6,884

Another gold mining town can be found in the North Georgia mountains in Dahlonega, where gold was discovered in 1828 before the big rush to the West. There is still gold in these hills, but the real treasure is the waterfalls surrounding this Appalachian town, including Amicalola Falls, the tallest cascade east of the Mississippi. Within the town are tasting rooms of North Georgia wineries, restaurants, shops, and entertainment encircling a town square — all utterly charming. Visit Dahlonega.

Where to Stay in Dahlonega

Since 1899, the Smith House has provided a family-friendly mountain hotel within steps of Dahlonega’s town square. Offering 16 rooms and four villas to guests, the property sits above an old mine shaft, which the owners discovered while doing renovations. Guests can view the shaft and contents on display and then enjoy communal-style dining in the hotel’s restaurant. Book it: Online

Bethel, Maine

Elevation: 679 feet
Population: 2,607

Just 5 miles from Sunday River ski resort you will find the village of Bethel. Filled with B&Bs, the village is welcoming whether you’re on skis or off, making it ideal for a four-season getaway with the White Mountain National Forest serving as a backdrop. The Androscoggin River is great for kayaking and canoeing, and if you want to catch some serious views, hike in Grafton Notch State Park. Visit Bethel.

Where to Stay in Bethel

Don’t pass up a chance to stay at the iconic Bethel Inn Resort, consistently ranked one of the best resorts in New England. The resort has been serving guests since 1913, and its renovated guest rooms are joined by additional townhomes to provide a home away from home across its 200 acres. Book it: Online

Lake George, New York

Elevation: 360 feet
Population: 3,413

Your jumping-off town to the Adirondack Mountains, Lake George awaits on the lake with the same name. Here, the British-built Fort William Henry stands as a museum showcasing the area’s pre-Revolutionary history. There are many restaurants, hotels, and things to do along the lake, but leave it all behind and get into the mountains to take in the views of upstate New York. (Oh, and, yes, there is a Six Flags amusement park here as well!) Visit Lake George.

Where to Stay in Lake George

Since 1883, the Sagamore has served as the grand dame of Lake George, sitting pretty on its own private island in the lake. Guest rooms, lodges, and two-bedroom condos are available at this resort, which features an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, and a spa. Book it: Online

Girdwood, Alaska

Elevation: 150 feet
Population: 2,065

Considered a resort town less than an hour from Anchorage, Girdwood rests in the Chugach Mountain Range and was once called Glacier City. The “only year-round resort” in Alaska features skiing at Alyeska Resort, dog mushing, biking, hiking, river rafting, fishing, and scenic flights to take in the view of Turnagain Arm. Visit Girdwood.

Where to Stay in Girdwood

Alyeska Resort may be the best place to stay when skiing, but its mountainside location also makes it perfect for year-round activities with a tram and gondola giving guests an easy ride to the mountaintop. The resort features a saltwater pool, spa, dining, and all the modern conveniences of any resort on this list. Book it: Online

Midway, Utah

Elevation: 5,584 feet
Population: 5,257

Nestled into the Wasatch Mountains south of Salt Lake City is the Heber Valley’s Midway. Called Utah’s “Swiss Alps,” this area was settled by Swiss immigrants who designed homes in alpine style and created world-class Nordic skiing. Visit Midway.

Where to Stay in Midway

Enjoy Midway’s premier hotel, the Homestead. During the summer, you’ll find 18-hole golf, horseback riding, swimming pools, fly fishing, and chuckwagon dinners. During the winter, ski at Soldier Hollow, and snowmobile in the valley. Book it: Online

Presidio, Texas

Elevation: 2,582 feet
Population: 3,991

Just across the border from Mexico along the Rio Grande is Presidio, which means “fortress” in Spanish. A city since 1683 (but inhabited since 1500 B.C.), Presidio is home to the Chinati Mountains and Big Bend Ranch State Park, where you’ll find two of Texas’ tallest waterfalls. Visit Presidio.

Where to Stay in Presidio

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