There is something to be said about the pristine beauty of the majestic mountains. Fresh air, pure landscapes and untouched peaks. Travelers and locals alike have the opportunity to wake up each morning, stimulated with a breath of fresh air while spending time in these pretty mountain towns. Get your outdoor legs ready for some of the best hiking, skiing and biking on earth.
WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Home to the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain Twin Peaks, Whistler is a European-inspired town surrounded by some of the best views in Canada. The Peak 2 Peak Gondola is a 2.73 mile-long ride up to some of the areas best hiking, mountain biking and skiing trails. From the top, visitors catch a birds eye view of the town and near panoramic views of the surrounding region. Keep an eye on those bears; scat on the ground is a sign that a bear could still be in the area.
BANFF, ALBERTA, CANADA
Say “Good Morning” to some of the most spectacular Canadian Rocky peaks. Although it may rain, snow, sleet and be sunny all in one day, Banff is a year-round outdoor playground. For a reflective, yet memorable, photograph, visit the popular Lake Louise or Moraine Lake. Wildflower season makes this a top-notch mountain town and brings out the beauty of Banff.
QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND
The adventurous Queenstown sits on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by the Remarkables Range. This risk-taking town features the craziest activities: extreme bungee jumping, zorbing, canyoneering, and mountain biking and hiking. Hike the Ben Lomond trail or hitch a ride on the gondola for a magnificent bird’s eye view of the town.
This small, 1,000-resident town sits aside the Monch and Jungfrau mountains. This famous ski-town floods each January with tourists to watch pro skiers take on the 3,363-foot vertical drop, Lauberhorn. There’s one catch — no cars allowed car-free meaning visitors must take a train into town.
Nothing is morebeautiful than a castle sitting amidst a pool of water, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. This fairy-tale picture is known as Bled. This is the most beautiful view of the frosted Julien Alps. Hike to the thousand-year-old Bled castle and keep warm with your liquid long-johns thanks to the castle’s wine cellar. If you’re looking to bulk up your arms, row to the tiny Bled Island to find more stunning and reflective views.
Featured on the Amazing Race, the town features a beauty of its own, a blend of Ancient China and nature. In the distance looms the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, which is a short drive or cable car ride toward the peak. Cafés, shops and restaurants flood the alleys of Old Town, which welcomes tourists and locals alike.
EVEREST BASE CAMP, TIBET
Considered the highest mountain “town,” the base camp offers a sight that only a handful of the world’s population will ever experience. Those with enough stamina find the trip worth the hike or drive while chatting with climbers and Sherpas. Be sure to try the sweet milk tea, it tastes delicious and keeps your body warm.