Escape the crowds and add these 5 mountain towns to your summer bucket list
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As the weather warms up, curious travelers are lured to higher elevations for sightseeing, shopping and summer adventuring. But what if you don’t want to fight your way through crowds or stand in line? Plan a last minute trip to one of these mountain vacation destinations where you can breathe easy even in the heat.

Packwood, WA

This tiny town of around 300 people is right between Mt. Rainier National Park and the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Located only three hours south of Seattle, there’s no shortage of hiking trails, bold brews, and stunning views to soak up from the porch of your next favorite mountain vacation rental.

Sisters, OR

Two hours and forty minutes from Portland, you’ll find Sisters, Oregon. This 2,000-person town is named after a nearby trio of volcanic peaks. This adventure-filled region offers world-class fishing, water sports, and even a scenic byway cycling. There are also great breweries and cafes for refueling, a spa for relaxing, and some of the cutest cabins in the West.


Woman standing next to a mountain waterfall in dim light

Woman standing next to a mountain waterfall in dim light


North Conway, NH

The White Mountains in New Hampshire are famous for outdoor adventures like hiking and rock climbing. Solitude-seeking travelers can reach North Conway via a scenic hour and a half drive from Portland, Maine. Take a moose tour to spot wildlife, or ride the old scenic railroad and relax while taking in the sights.

Blue Ridge, GA

Just an hour and a half drive from the city of Chattanooga, is Blue Ridge, Georgia. This quaint mountain town is home to a wonderfully creative community. Book a last-minute cabin and spend time browsing fun boutiques and galleries before hitting up one of the many eclectic dining options. Ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway along the Toccoa River and cool off in the Ocoee River!

McCall, ID

Located on the south side of Payette Lake, is McCall, Idaho. Though this town is just two hours north of Boise it can feel worlds away from the bustle of the city. Though it’s well-known for winter activities, McCall also makes for a great summer basecamp! Book a lake vacation rental and tour the McCall Fish Hatchery or play a round of golf with incredible views of the West Central Idaho mountains. We also recommend spending time hiking, biking, or horseback riding in Payette National Forest.  And of course you’ll want to end your day with a soak in nearby hot springs.

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