Glistening in all their powder-covered glory, mountain towns seem to get all the love in colder months, when skiers (and après skiers) invade and conquer their snowy peaks. But here's a secret: visiting in the summer might very well be your ticket to vacation utopia. You'll score serious lodging deals, avoid the crowds, and make the best of some equally enticing outdoor activities (sans snow boots and endless layers!). Read on for our favorite small mountain towns in America—which offer up art fairs, serious eats, and fantastic festivals, and more in the summer months—and find out how to experience them like a local.
By Perri O. Blumberg
April 10, 2017