Five of the world's best mountain towns for summer
The summer is almost over, and you still can't figure out your next big vacation? We feel you! It might sound cliche, but with ever-serene spectacles, beautiful breeze, and a variety of outdoor activities, mountains are the best of last resorts. So, if International trip is on your mind, and your budget doesn't stop you, here are five of the world's best mountain towns.
If you're looking for some leisure this summer, the magnificent mountain town of Stowe in Vermont might just do the trick. You can hike your way to the amazing waterfalls, or take a breezy ride to Mount Mansfield for those breathtaking views, or go on a canoe trip to Boyden Valley Winery. Biking trails will also keep you busy on your trip there.
The spellbinding mountains surrounding Lake Lucerne are a great value addition to the already scenic country called Switzerland. The ever-gorgeous landscape and the mild lake climate make this place a treat to visit during summertime. Boat cruises on historic paddle wheel steamers and the salon motor vessels is one of the many exciting things to do there.
Known as one of the best skiing destinations around the globe, Aspen in Colorado is a pleasant little mountain town situated between the Rockies. When there, try skeet shooting or take an exciting river tour. From various art and music festivals to ballooning and paragliding, there's never a dearth of things to do in Aspen.
If a quiet little summer escape is on your mind, this tiny town located in the Spanish Pyrennes is the place to be at. Although Torla is best suited for people who love to witness nature in its peaceful glory, known there is no lack of action either. Some of the favorite outdoor activities to try there are rafting and canyoneering.
Another top summer choice for mountain lovers is Shirakawa-go in Japan. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since more than two decades now, the place is the best way to relish the authentic part of this surprisingly versatile Asian country. The neighboring city of Gokayama is famous for its traditional Gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.
Other honorable mentions
Some other great options of mountain towns around the world are Whistler (Canada), Gyalthang (China), Riobamba (Ecuador), Hallstatt (Austria), Val Di Funes (Italy), Olden (Norway), Chambery (France), Wanaka (New Zealand), Metsovo (Greece), and Fussen (Germany), among others.