Given the rocky and rugged terrain which spans much of the United States, it is really no surprise that the country is privy to some truly fascinating mountain destinations.
As a matter of fact, there are so many such destinations that often, it is a tough ask to choose one or a few of them to travel to.
That is the reason we have carefully curated the best and most enthralling mountain destinations in the USA for you in this article.
What we really like about Bend is the fact that it is a “one stop shop” of sorts, when it comes to a mountainous destination, with so much on offer at a single location. After all, whether you are looking for enigmatic caves, gorgeous waterfalls, rapturous volcanoes, or just rugged landscapes all around you, you will easily find all that and more in Bend.
Further, while talking about a particular mountain here, Mount Bachelor certainly offers great views from most parts of the town.
While exploring this wondrous mountain destination in the US, do check out the charming microbreweries here; there are so many of them!
Aspen is often associated with opulence to the extent that many holiday makers presume it to be out of their budgets; truth is Aspen definitely has something for everyone!
Sure, skiing is the primary activity to indulge in here but at the same time; you will find other appealing activities and charming indulgences, pretty much throughout the year. For instance, hiking over to the Maroon Bells peaks is an activity we surely recommend. You could also visit John Denver Sanctuary, Independence Pass and also enjoy a memorable evening at Wheeler Opera House while you are here.
Yosemite National Park, California
This is another outstanding mountain destination with pretty much everything on offer that a mountain enthusiast would look for. Moreover, given its size and scale, not to mention breathtaking landscapes all around, Yosemite already sees millions of visitors thronging it.
Like Bend which we mentioned upfront, Yosemite is especially charming due to the multiple attractions it houses, all within its confines. For instance, you will easily find beautiful waterfalls, incredible valleys, gigantic sequoias, and really tall cliffs – all within Yosemite.
Pro Tip – While planning a trip to Yosemite, we strongly recommend coming with ample time (think days!) since there’ll be a lot you can do and explore here.
Visiting US Mountain Destinations is easy with ESTA
A big advantage that visitors from countries on the VWP or Visa Waiver Program list enjoy is the ability to travel to the USA with extreme ease, without having to obtain a prior visa.
Instead, all they need is ESTA travel authorization. Armed with this, they can easily travel to the US and visit the enthralling mountain destinations we have shared here, along with any other places they would like to.
The whole application process is online, with a mere $14 fee to be paid. Typically, approvals are granted quite fast. At the same time, do check ESTA status to be sure, before boarding your flight to the US.
Also, plan your trip such that the entire duration of your trip does not exceed 90 days.
Park City, Utah
Besides the amazing views, of course, what we especially like about Park City is its ease of access, especially given the fact that it is a mere 40 minutes’ drive away from Salt Lake City Airport.
Once here, there is simply so much on offer that it takes a while to actually process the captivating sights all around. Again, like Aspen, skiing is certainly a major draw (powder skiing especially!). Yet, there are a number of non-skiing activities which can be enjoyed here with equal fervor.
In the summer months for example, hiking is strongly recommended, with gazillion hiking trails you can set off on. Further, the city has ample cultural attractions on offer which includes the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.
Lake Placid, New York
No listing of enthralling mountain destinations in the USA can really be complete without mentioning Lake Placid in upstate New York.
This charming village has hosted prior Winter Olympics editions of both 1932 as well as 1980. Accordingly, you will clearly find quite a well-developed setup here with a number of exciting mountain destination activities which can be enjoyed with ease.
While planning a trip to Lake Placid, we recommend visiting in summer when you will actually be able to enjoy a number of different activities which include biking, hiking, kayaking, and swimming.
Oh, and did we mention the gorgeous, all-round views of the Adirondack Mountains which you can enjoy here?
The USA is full to the brim with enthralling mountain destinations. In this article, we shared 5 of the best, most spoken about, and traveled to ones!