For those who live in the city, the mountains offer the perfect place to take a retreat. Out among the hills, you can fully take in nature with a hike, a bike ride, or even a climb. Fortunately for the mountain lover, the United States has a number of beautiful mountains and mountain ranges, from the Rocky Mountains to the Appalachian Mountains. These places are perfect for the ultimate mountain town retreat.
Leafcanoer, Kim Fish, recently posted about her visit to Gatlinburg, TN in the leaf titled, “Gatlinburg: The Gateway to the Smokey Mountains.” It’s full of interesting tid bits about the area, as well as tips and tricks related to travel in Gatlinburg.
If you are looking for a place to spend a mountain retreat, we’ve compiled a list of five of the ultimate mountain town retreats in the United States.
The town of Gatlinburg is undoubtedly the quintessential American mountain town. Located 39 miles southeast of Knoxville, the town is a common starting off point for a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains. Gatlinburg has a number of popular attraction including a Ripley’s museum, as well as Dolly Parton’s Dollywood, located near the town.
Taos, New Mexico
In the heart of the New Mexican desert is a mountain town like no other. The mountain town of Taos offers a beautiful setting and a thriving community for artists. Near the modern town of Taos is a traditional Native American Pueblo that has been occupied for over a thousand years. Visitors can come to Taos Pueblo and learn about traditional Native American culture, as well as catch a glimpse of how life is like in a pueblo.
Estes Park, Colorado
Colorado in general is an excellent place to spend a mountain retreat. But the town of Estes Park is by far the most beautiful and most popular among visitors to the Rocky Mountains. One of the highlights of the Estes Park is the historic Stanley Hotel, which offers panoramic views of Lake Estes, and was also the location for the famous horror movie, The Shining.
The town of Stowe offers a number of picturesque views. In addition, it is a popular spot for arts and craft shows, festivals, and car shows such as the British Invasion, a showcase of British cars held annually in the month of September. Stowe is a known for its skiing, and some of the points of interest in the town include the Trapp Family Lodge, owned by the famous von Trapp family, and the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum.
For a quirky mountain town experience, head to Leavenworth, a mountain town with a decidedly Bavarian feel. The town of Leavenworth was officially incorporated in 1906, but it wasn’t until 1962 that members of the community decided to give the town a Bavarian theme. Since then, many of the buildings have been remodeled to resemble a German town in the Alps, and Leavenworth now hosts an annual Oktoberfest celebration. It’s also home to the Nutcracker Museum, which holds a large collection of nutcrackers. The perfect time to visit Leavenworth is actually in the winter, when the whole town is decked out in holiday decorations.
No matter where you are in the world, sometimes it’s nice to take a retreat into the mountains to reconnect with nature. In mythology, mountains symbolize strength and stability, and spending time in the mountains can certainly help you channel your own strength and stability. With these five ultimate mountain town retreats, the mountain experience is now well within your reach.
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