No matter when you travel, mountain getaways are always amazing and beautiful! Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in partnership with the Harvard School of Global Health found that people that live at higher altitudes tend to live longer and have less risk of dying from heart disease.

Doesn’t this make you want to spend your next vacation at a majestic mountain somewhere?

If you have been thinking about taking a vacation and can’t decide between the beach or a mountain getaway you are in the right place. Mountain getaways are not just for winter. They are always amazing and beautiful either summer, spring, fall, or winter.

Here are the three best mountain towns to visit for your next trip!

1. Lake Placid, NY

Lake Placid is home to the famous Adirondacks mountain range. The town sits in the Adirondack Park, which is more than 6 million acres and protected as a forest preserve. Here you’ll see humans and nature coexisting in a balance unheard of in many other parts of the world.

It’s a beautiful getaway to visit whether it’s for a week or a weekend mountain getaway. Lake Placid has something for everyone: hiking, skiing, sledding, rock-climbing, ice-climbing, or simply walking along Main Street.

Fun fact about Lake Placid: it hosted the 1980 Winter Olympic Games.

Looking at where to stay? There is a wide range of options available to stay in the Adirondacks, including chalets, cabin rentals, cottages, and log homes just to name a few.

2. Wilmington, NY

About 62% of Wilmington is Forest Preserve land which makes it a perfect destination to enjoy the great outdoors year round. This town is home to one of the highest of the 46 High Peaks in the country. 

Wilmington has a wide variety of activities, including a popular local beach with a boat launch called Wilmington Town Beach. Fanatics for Fishing, an online resource shares that there are also great spots for trout fishing along the Ausable River that flows through the center of town.

Do you love Christmas Another popular place to visit is the North Pole. The North Pole is the home of Santa’s Workshop, reindeer, a themed amusement park, and more fun holiday entertainment.

3. Cranberry Lake, NY

Cranberry Lake is a great town to visit. It’s not only one of the largest Adirondack mountain lakes, but it’s also a haven for anything water related. Visitors can enjoy fishing, kayaking, boating, and canoeing.

There are also incredible hiking trails and cross country ski trails in the winter. Cranberry Lake also has a famous 50-mile loop trail for hiking. Many people take on The Cranberry Lake 50 Challenge while they visit Cranberry Lake.

Mountain Getaways Are Perfect For Family And Solo Trips!

No matter when you travel, mountain getaways are always amazing and beautiful. Whether you travel solo or with your family, it will be an experience you won’t forget.

If after visiting the mountains you are ready for an island getaway, make sure to check out our list of the 10 best islands in the world for some inspiration.