As we take the name of “Mountain town,” one thing that strikes our mind is that a village setup or lodges located on snowy peaks like Swiss Alp. Even though some of the best mountain towns are Alpine, in some cases high altitude towns are located in deserts or beaches. However, most of the mountaintops are favorite ski destinations. Here is a list of towns and communities that live in some of the world’s best places with enchanting views.
Taos a breathtaking part of Sangre de Cristo Mountains, located between beautiful desert terrains is surely one of the best places for artists to expand their imagination and get innovative ideas. Some famous artists like Ansel Adams and Georgia O’Keeffe come here to draw this picturesque view on canvas. This place is a heaven for artists. If you want to see from the point of view of O’Keeffe then visit Ghost Ranch in the outer region of Abiquiu. She lived here for around 20 quality years and painted some ecstatic paintings. To enjoy and encounter nature from close, go to Taos Ski Valley.
Hood River, OR
Passing through the unseen views of Mount Hood, you can reach a high volcano of height 11,249 feet. This is the highest peak among all in Oregon. It mainly attracts sport lovers. Those who love adventure come here to try their hands on some breathtaking sports like hiking. This town stands on the Columbia River George attracts many windsurfers from all over the world because of the high velocity wind here. You can also enjoy a drive from Lewis and Clark’s route and experience the panoramic scenic beauty of apple and pear orchards. After that, you will reach the Multnomah Falls, which is among the tallest waterfalls in state.
Whistler, British Columbia
Here comes the favorite spot for ski lovers all around the world. This home to alpine has witnessed some of the great sport events like 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Whistler Mountain & Blackcomb Mountain, the twin peaks of Whistler’s comprises of world’s biggest ski resort. Once you see the place with your own eyes, you will be mesmerized the most beautiful wooden lodges constructed in between these majestic mountains. This place offers sports for both winter and summer lovers. The 2.7 miles long and 1,427 high tram ride between the two mountaintops of the Whistler’s give you a choice to do skiing in winters and hiking in summers with some spectacular views.
If you are ever planning a visit to Japan and want to experience hundreds of years old traditions then this place is for you. Located at the foot of Mount Haku San, this village comprises of some traditional homes built in Gassho-Zukuri style is surely a unique type of beauty. This style referring to “Constructed like hands in prayer” displays great art of making homes that can even withstand heavy snow. These resemble the hands of monks joined together in prayer.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown is a small island community built on the shore of Lake Wakatipu that makes it one of the best places to have a photo shoot. People who are adrenaline junkie can opt for extreme Bungee Jumping. This place is special for bungee jumpers because first commercial jump in world was from this Kawarau Bridge in 1988. If you do not want this extreme adventure then you can also enjoy a calm and peaceful Gondola ride to the Bob’s peak. This place can surely give you some ecstatic views of your lifetime that you can never forget.
If you want to experience what people living on mountaintops enjoy, then you should visit these places to enjoy nature in its raw form. These picturesque places will take you to a different world giving you some unique memories.