Having lived in places with mountains and places without mountains, we’d take the mountain town 10 out of 10 times. How could you not? With peaceful vibes and serene natural beauty, there's no town so crappy that it can't be enhanced by the presence of giant rocks in the background. But this list isn't about crappy towns. Quite the contrary. It's about exceptional towns that are also located in, on, or around the hills.
People associate such places with wintertime ski trips, or occasionally with hiking trips in the summer. And those are great times to visit, but we are here to tell you to dream bigger. The best time to visit a lot of America’s greatest mountain towns is, in fact, in early fall. It’s September. It’s now. And while, sure, narrowing down an endless number of mountain towns in a country with myriad mountain ranges was no easy task, we took into account fall foliage, ~seasonal~ activities, mountain "feel," festivals, and the bar/restaurant scene to determine the 13 spots that clearly tower above the rest in early fall, but also at most any time of year. Go forth to the cider and foliage.