If this miserable summer heat wave has you yearning for cooler climates, you’re not alone! In fact, the summer and fall seasons are perfect times to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and jet off to those cool mountain climes.
Not sure exactly where to go to escape? We are here to help! Scroll down to read about some the world’s top mountain retreats, and get ready to trade in your artificial A/C for that delicious mountain-fresh air!
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
You don’t have to leave the U.S. to find that perfect mountain getaway! Located in the valley between the Grand Tetons and the Gros Venture Mountain Range, Jackson Hole is the perfect mountain retreat to help you reset. Though famed for its winter skiing, this ideal mountain town is certain to rejuvenate you. Take a long bike ride through the breathtaking Grand Tetons peaks, or hike through the endless trails of Yellowstone National Park. Dive into a refreshingly cool mountain lake, and enjoy an evening gazing at the vast starry skies unimpeded by the pollution from city lights. From fantastic restaurants to historic museums and endless nature, Jackson Hole is the perfect mountain getaway for couples and for the whole family!
Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia
If you’re itching to get further away, you simply cannot beat the unbelievable mountain views in Torres del Paine National Park, located in Chile’s Patagonia Region. Known for its towering mountaintops, icy blue icebergs that cling to massive glaciers, crystal glacial lakes, and vast grasslands that house unique wildlife, like the guanacos, Torres del Paine is a bucket-list getaway that will be the trip of a lifetime. A variety of walks and hikes throughout the park will take you to breathtaking viewpoints where you can bask in the amazing ruggedness of your natural surroundings. You certainly won’t need that tanktop here--in fact, make sure to bring warm clothes, as this area is known to get pretty chilly!
The somewhat mysterious and enticing country of Bhutan should be on everyone’s list of travel “must-do”s.
Why, you ask?
Because this mountainous Buddhist kingdom, which remained isolated from the world for centuries, is relatively untouched by tourist footprints, which has helped to maintain its pristine nature. This small, landlocked Asian country, which is bordered by India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and China, is full of breathtaking treks through Himalayan peaks, gorgeous monasteries set amidst dramatic landscapes, incredible fortresses upon jagged cliffs, and a rich cultural and historical heritage. Though the government requires that you travel with a guide, the beautiful mountain hikes, delicious cuisine, spectacular views, and friendly locals make this country one of the top mountain escapes on the globe.
Though best known for its world-class surfing and beautiful beaches, Costa Rica is also an ideal destination for a mountain getaway. Fly into San Jose and head straight to the Monteverde Cloud Forest or La Fortuna, both of which are located in the mountainous, tropical rainforest region. Hike to various powerful waterfalls, go ziplining through the jungle, walk across the high, hanging bridges, and enjoy listening to the howler monkeys flying through the treetops. After a long day of exploring, relax in the luxurious natural hot springs, which are warmed by the nearby volcano. It is the perfect mix of adventure and leisure!
If you’re looking for the ultimate trekking adventure, look no further than Nepal! A landlocked country in South Asia, Nepal is located smack in the middle of the Himalayas. Home to the famous Mt. Everest, this country is full of countless mountain treks, charming teahouses, and beautiful monasteries. From the famous Everest Base Camp to the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit treks, Nepal holds some of the most spectacular mountain hikes and views in the world. So, grab your hiking poles and get ready for the adventure!
If you’re looking for more of a challenge, head to Africa to climb the famous Mt. Kilimanjaro. A dormant volcano in Tanzania, Kilimanjaro is a popular destination for climbers and hikers from all over the world. Though it is the highest peak in Africa, Kilimanjaro is known as the “everyman’s Everest,” because, while it is certainly a challenge, it is a “walk up” mountain--you don’t need any technical skills to climb it. So, if you’re ready to unplug from the world and embark upon a challenging and rewarding adventure, Mt. Kilimanjaro is the place to go!
From quick weekend getaways to life-changing trips, the mountains are calling, and we must go!
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