You'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain
Forget your Aspens and Ashevilles, your Santa Fes and Sedonas. When it comes to mountain towns, we'd rather hunt down off-the-beaten-path spots where the dreaded boomtown status hasn't yet detonated. In each of these tiny mountain towns across the country, you'd be hard-pressed to find an obnoxious throng of tourists, yet each is charming in its own laid-back way, filled with delightful finds down side streets and, in most cases, surrounded by a recreational paradise that will make you long to get out and explore. For more small-town inspiration, check out our Tiny Travelogue: 50 Small Towns to Visit Across the U.S. (mountains, however, not guaranteed).